Day Four of the Halloweek Spooktacular! I always asked myself this question when I was a kid– why do Dracula costumes always seem to include some manner of cross if they’re so repellent to him? Now we know the answer.

Also, I’ve just discovered that there is a marathon in Transylvania that starts at “Dracula’s Castle”, but it’s not for the faint-hearted! It’s a 100 km (62 mile) race over and amongst the peaks and ridges of the Romanian mountains. There’s shorter versions too– a 50k and 30k race are listed on the website. It’s certainly way outside of my abilities at the moment, but maybe I could train up for the 30k before next May, right? Perhaps this is just the excuse I need to finally get to Bran– Lorie & I tried to visit back in 2006 as a side-trek during a visit to Budapest, but the flight to Bra┼čov was cancelled due to fog, and we didn’t have enough time available to reschedule. But I’ll get there one of these days! I’m not sure ultra-marathons are quite for me, though– I like running, and I like hiking, but I don’t know if I want to do them both at the same time, particularly over a sixty mile distance. But, maybe I could start small with some rugged 5ks, and see what I think of it.