The below is provided by ultra runner JOE FEJES:
The 2017 North Coast 24 hour National Championship starts on Saturday September 17 at 9:00 AM EST, with the winner getting an auto qualifier spot on Team USA. Success at NC24 often depends on the weather, which is always uncertain until race day, and can then vary greatly for the 24hrs of the race. The forecast as of Tuesday AM calls for a high of 80 and a low of 70 with 90% chance of rain. Although the predicted temperature is a little warm, the strong winds gusting off of Lake Erie should help cool the runners down on the exposed areas of the course if it doesn’t prove to be a strong headwind.
Women Current Qualifiers:
1. Katalin Nagy 151.926 Miles (244.495Km) 2015 IAU World 24 Hr Championship, Torino, Italy (Gold Medalist- AUTO) 4/12/2015
2. Traci Falbo 148.971 Miles (239.740KM)2015 IAU World 24 Hr Championship, Torino, Italy (Silver Medalist- AUTO) 4/12/2015
3. Pam Proffit Smith 143.6607 Miles (231.199Km) Dawn to Dusk to Dawn (D3) 24 Hr, Sharon Hill, PA 5/15/2016
4. Jenny Hoffman 138.3757 Miles (222.694Km) 2015 North Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH 9/20/2015
5. Melanie Rabb 136.9499 Miles (220.399Km) Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24 Hr, Sharon Hill, PA 5/15/2016
6. Courtney Dauwalter 135.7 Miles (218.387Km) FANS 24 Hr, Minneapolis, MN 6/4/2016
The #6 qualifying slot is currently held by Courtney Dauwalter who ran 135.6 miles at the FANS 24 hour on June 4, 2016. In order to hit 136 miles a runner (in my opinion) will likely need to hit 100 miles in approximately 16:45. Interestingly, Courtney’s 100 mile personal best happened at Desert Solstice on the track is 16:17. Melanie Rabb’s personal best at Desert Solstice is 15:17. Jenny Hoffman has run 16:38 at Rocky Raccoon which of course is a bit slower of a course than Desert Solstice. Pam Proffit Smith has run an eye popping 14:08 at D3. Traci Falbo ran 15:32 at Keys 100 but has also run 14:45 at Tunnel Hill 100. Katalin Nagy has run 14:41 at Desert Solstice.