|Mike Dolin is the organizer and founder of the Frozen Sasquatch Trail. He is 29 years old and has been running for 10 years. He is married and is fortunate that his wife also likes running. They even ran 50 miles together by themselves at Kanawha State Forest.|
It is located at Kanawha State Forest which is approx. 6 miles from Charleston, WV.
We had an ultra called the Snowflake 50k which ran until 2003. The next couple years, a few of us just ran the course for fun. It had a good response, so I decided to start another winter ultra similar to the snowflake, and also add a 25k to attract a wider variety of runners.
I would describe in one word…awesome. The course is one loop of approx. 15.8 miles. Runners doing the 50k will do the loop twice. There are three major hill climbs per loop, with some rolling trails in between. The majority of the course is on single track trails or dirt roads. Only a few miles are pavement. The last 3 miles of the loop are ran on Middle Ridge Trail, my favorite trail in the entire park.
I put a limit of 100 runners for the race, and i’d love to reach that. Being the first year for the race there may not be as many runners, but i hope the race makes a good impression on those who do run, and they return next year. I have found that trail runners are some of the frindliest people on the planet. I hope to attract a variety of runners who like to have a good time.
Not yet. I do help mark the course for the Dirty Dog 15k, which is ran in May at Kanawha State Forest.
It is early January so the start of the race should be pretty cool. Last year we ran out there around the same time of year and it was around 30 degrees at the start and it heated up to the mid 50’s. The Kanawha Valley is not known for deep snows this time of year, but there could be a dusting.
No other festivities have been planned, just some good bone-warming food at the finish line.
There southridge area of South Charleston has a very good selection of restaurants. My favorite is Blues Barbecue (very good Jamaican jerk sauce and collared greens). I also like Logan’s Roadhouse (Santa Fe Tilapia…mmmmm) and Olive Garden.
The Frozen Sasquatch Trail run would be a great way to start off 2010, come run on some of the best single track trails in the WV.