Whew! Just scraped by at the Mohican Trail 100 Mile in Loudonville, Ohio, in the Mohican State Park along the Clear Fork of the Mohican River to stay in the Midwest Super Slam. The third race in the five race series was a scorcher and I slowed markedly in the late afternoon trying to deal with the heat. Then an upset stomach kept me away from life sustaining food and drink for almost the rest of the race and I finished definitely on empty with just about 15 minutes to spare before the cutoff. All is well that ends well, though, and I might have ended up catatonic in a borrowed chair at the end of the race with a can of Coke dribbling out of my hand, but in the other hand I had a belt buckle. All that being said, the race was beautiful, the support excellent and the trail running people of Ohio are super great and friendly. The course was four loops through the park, all identical except for taking a longer route between aid stations during the first two loops and shorter routes the last two loops, plus a little variation in the starting and finishing segments. Much of the run was through old growth hardwood forest on singletrack with some river and streams thrown in, a stately old covered bridge and a very unique “root climb” out of one stream gorge which sort of brought the underworld out into the let’s get this done world. High temps burned away about half a very large field, 250 starters in the 100 mile, and made this old classic quite a challenge. There was a 50 mile and a marathon going on at the same time so lots of people out on the course until the final two rounds when the 100 milers got their comeuppance for signing up for the big event. Two more races in the slam. Burning River could be hot again back in Ohio in August, but the final race, Hallucination in Michigan in September is supposed to be easy, breezy, hippy cool fun.