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The Rat Snake ~ Results

Race Details
 
Events:

The Rat ( trail run ) 18K

Off Road
: 11 miles trail run

The Rat Snake ( reverse triathlon )

: 11 miles trail run, 29 mile bike ride, 26 yard swim

Team Triathlon (3 competitors)

: 11 miles trail run, 29 mile bike ride, 26 yard swim
Race Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Entry Fee: Donation
Location: Gilbert Lake State Park
Address: 18 CCC Road
City/State/Zip: Laurens, New York 13796
Country: USA
Registration:
Race Website:
Description:
The Rat Snake is a physical and mental challenge honoring a great manDr. Ken Stalter.  Ken inspired many people by his personal example.  That example? Pushing himself to be the very best he could be at all endeavors, with no help, with no exceptions.  This challenge is a tribute to him and his unique drive to succeed.  Through this challenge, you will be given the opportunity to imitate his determination.  Because of these attributes, Ken made everything seem possible no matter how hard the race/challenge was that he entered and he instilled this feeling to all who came into contact with him.  Do not be intimidated by anything this challenge throws at you as the point of this weekend is to remember a great man who loved a good challenge just to finish it.  And you will see, as all of us who have been inspired by Ken have seen, that the feeling of completing these kinds of challenges are what Ken was all about.  Perpetual forward movement was always his advice.  Here is YOUR chance to experience that
Course Information:
There will be a CHOICE of 3 DIFFERENT challenges for all competitors on May 18th, race day.  First, you can test yourself in this uniquely styled reverse triathlon (The Full Rat Snake).  Or, running specialists can pick the 18K trail race (The Rat) that will challenge your back-country running skills in Gilbert Lake State Parks nature trails, as a stand alone race.  Lastly, you may enter a team of competitors of any gender or combination of gender.  All races will be totally self supported.  With the choice of the race being run in a reverse triathlon format, being run as a stand alone trail run, or working to complete the challenge as a team, there being  a fairly challenging course, and with the challenge being totally self supported, it will truly be a testimony to Kens spirit; a race in which you can fully participate.
Directions:
Gilbert Lake State Park
18 CCC Road
Laurens, NY 13796
Other Info:
The purpose of this race is to remember a great father, husband, surgeon, friend, and endurance athlete.  This race will entail many hours of extremely demanding work as Ken was a man who always pushed the limits physically and mentally in ALL of his endeavors.  The Rat Snake will be UNSUPPORTED; you will have to provide your own fuel.  Finishing times will be simple, as the timing will done with hand-held stopwatches.  A small memento will be given to all finishers, and there will certainly be a true sense of accomplishment by the end of your journey.  These characteristics are what made Ken who he was and how he inspired all of us so much.  Ken never worried about prizes, boasting, or breaking records, just testing himself at some of the most demanding feats known on this planet.  This race will be an emulation of this type of determination, and while doing so, will raise money for various charities through entry fees. What is with the format? Why these strange distances? The race distances are the ages of his 3 children at the time of his passing. Ken Jr., 29, Becky, 26, and Lily, 18.  The 3K distance of the Jog/Stroll was the age of his predeceased daughter Leah, another characteristic of this special day I believe he would appreciate.
2013 Results:



  • 2013 Results at: theratsnake.com

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  • 2012 Results at: theratsnake.com

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    Posted by souliman on 5/21/2013 4:45:49 PM
    Quite the challenge. A small event (~50 racers). Its a tribute race to a pretty amazing endurance athlete. A reverse tri which was different. The site was awesome. I spent the weekend at Gilbert Lake state park. Absolutely beautiful. The run is a trail run through the park. Up and down but nothing too crazy. Again, the scenery was amazing and trails were solid and in good shape. The bike was nuts. Lots of hills with some steeps and again some great scenery. I dug it but it was tough. The swim was pretty straight forward in the lake. I thought the temp was perfect. Didn't really want to get out. Most of the competitors were legit. Definitely not weekend warriors which was great. The post-race party was awesome. A pig roast on the beach with plenty of free beer. Can't go wrong. Great folks everywhere. I'll be back next year.
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