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 Braşov 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.