The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) is an endurance race where teams of two navigate a series of checkpoints across the wilderness. Participants need to run with all the stuff to sustain their team for two days in the mountains, including food, cooking and camping gear. This year the OMM will be held at Tweedsmuir Hills in Scotland.
I’m doing the OMM this year because I sort of fell into it… long-time family friends Chris and Thursten had already committed to go as a team and they talked me into it at the pub. I did some research and decided “what the heck, let’s do it.” Once Pete agreed to be my teammate, then I was in.
Sounds pretty crazy huh?! Well I guess I’ll find out! (Especially since I’ve never done this type of thing before since I was a Boy Scout). I have to say I’m not much of a runner, but the combination of navigation and self-reliance really appeals to me. My goal is simply to finish and use this as a springboard to go on other adventures.
Who am I going with?
I’m going with long-time family friends Chris, Thursten and Thursten’s brother-in-law Pete. Pete is my partner for the OMM.
What’s the story so far?
So far I’ve done quite a bit of research on gear, buying of said gear, initial packing, some training and plotting with the others. The event itself is only about a month-and-a-half away, so there’s still plenty to do. I’ll be adding new posts about my preparation and research in the coming days.
General Event Info…
Dates: 24-25 October 2015