LOUDONVILLE -- Pete Griggs, 47, crossed the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run finish line feeling a flood of emotions Sunday morning.
The Hillsdale graduate of 1990, who picked up running about five years ago, described the 100-mile race that takes place in and around Mohican State Park as “amazing.”
“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” the Delaware resident said.
He and almost 200 other runners started their 100-mile journey at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Griggs met his goal of 28 hours or under with a time of 27 hours, 5 minutes and 3 seconds. He finished in 25th place.
The first-place finisher was 26-year-old Arlen Glick, who clocked a time of 17 hours, 24 minutes and 1 second.
Records were broken in both the Mohican 50-mile run and the Mohican marathon on Saturday. Alex Gold broke the 50-miler course record with a time of 6 hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds. Jeff Zenger broke the marathon course record with a time of 3 hours, 23 minutes and 9 seconds.
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Griggs said it was perfect running weather until the rain poured, creating a mess of the course. The fog presented another challenge. Griggs said there were a few times that he went off course because he wasn’t able to see.
Despite the obstacles, Griggs said, “I don’t think it could have gone any better.”
Griggs was joined by friend and Richland Source sports reporter, Curt Conrad, for the last 18 miles of the race.
Griggs praised Conrad for his help, as well as Chaz Adams and Ronnie Delozier, both of whom are MO100 veterans. Adams and Delozier helped Griggs strategize and stood at the sidelines, making sure Griggs stayed nourished and hydrated throughout the race.
“They deserve a lot of credit,”Griggs said.
A tired and sore Griggs was joined by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Ashton, at the finish line, who said they were proud to see him accomplish his goal.
Griggs, who works as an attorney, said this was his very first attempt at 100 miles, though he’s done several 50K’s and two 50-milers, including the Mohican 50-mile last year.
Asked why he wanted to go for the big 100, he replied with a laugh, “I guess it’s just, you know, the next logical step.”
Griggs said he wasn’t a runner until about five years ago. He started running to lose weight.
Hard work pays off: since he began running, he’s lost close to 100 pounds.
“Over the course of time it’s kind of switched from wanting to lose weight to just doing something I love to do now,” he said.
Getting started proved challenging — he said he struggled running a mile at first.
“It was all on the treadmill, and I would run for probably two or three minutes, then I would walk for two or three minutes,” he said.
Over time, he increased his distance and started trail running with Conrad. Meandering their way around Mohican has became a Sunday ritual of sorts, Griggs said.
“Eventually, before we knew it, we were running 15,16, 18 miles, and so then I’m like, ‘I’m going to try a 50K,’ and then loved it, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” Griggs said.
Having that accountability and camaraderie is a nice perk.
“When spending that long time on trail, having somebody to talk to, to me that’s really what I enjoy most — just chatting and the friendship component of it,” he said.
Griggs, who’s had health issues like high blood pressure, stays motivated to exercise and take care of his personal health when thinking about his family.
“I have three kids, and you know, I want to be around to see them and and spend as much time as can with them,” he said. “They are probably my biggest motivation.”
By adopting a much more active lifestyle, Griggs has noticed such a positive change — including his energy levels.
“It’s crazy,” he said.
Now a five-mile run is a breeze.
“It feels like I’m not doing anything,” he said.