Jim Mollosky, certified athletic trainer and massage therapist with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, recently took on the brutal and beautiful trails of the Finger Lakes and came in third place in a 100-kilometer ultra-marathon race.
The Twisted Branch 100K trail race sets competitors down an unforgiving course that challenges runners’ bodies and minds as they jog along the Bristol Hill Branch Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail system, traversing some incredibly beautiful, but difficult terrain. Racers start at Ontario County Park in South Bristol, N.Y. and pass through parts of three counties and 10 towns and cross 33 roadways while traversing the more than 100K course, or over 63 miles.
While the trail is runnable, it also isn’t a groomed park trail. Over 95 percent of the trail is single track as it cuts through the woods and wilds along Canandaigua and Keuka lakes. Plus, as if all that distance and endurance wasn’t enough of a challenge, the course features elevation changes of over 22,000 feet as the trails progress up and down hills and valleys.
“We started at 4 a.m. with headlamps,” said Mollosky. “I kept pushing along, running my own race, trying to run the whole time and hike when needed. My nutrition was gels, power drink and pickle juice.”
Despite a single big downpour that came when Mollosky was in the last two miles of the race, he was still able to push through and finish in third, running the 102K from South Bristol to Hammondsport in an incredible time of 11 hours, 49 minutes and 17 seconds.
“What kept me going was knowing I put in the work and the encouragement and community that trail running brings,” added Mollosky. “In my mind it was a great day!”
From all of us at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we send our congratulations to Mollosky for his incredible achievement. Thinking of running your own ultra-marathon? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Train on similar terrain to help ensure you’re ready to take on the natural challenges of the course.
- Get a good night’s sleep both the night before you run and the night after to ensure your body is well prepared and able to recover.
- Make sure you’re well hydrated the day before the race and keep eating and drinking even as you near the finish line so you don’t crash.
- Know the starting line location well in advance of your start time so you aren’t stressed by getting lost or running late.