The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is now coming to a neighborhood near you.
According to www.run100s.com, the original grand slam is "recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The "Slam" consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, theVermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year. The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Award was established in 1986, when Tom Green was the first finisher."
A new Grand Slam has been developed incorporating some of the best events in the Midwest:
Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run (Wisconsin)
Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run (Ohio)
Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run (Ohio)
Hallucination 100 Mile Run (Michigan)
Don't think I can get my arms around the mindset and effort needed to slam. It's not for only the swift, but those who are most tenacious. It's great to see the sport grow and develop regional programs. In a tough economy, this program makes sense in that one can drive to the events and reign in the budget.
We'll keep you appraised and updated on the Midwest Slam.