Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lake Tahoe Relay

Yesterday was the Lake Tahoe Relay (actually, the 44th Annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay, as it said all over everything.) I headed up to the lake with friends Amber, Chris and Peter, and his kids, Sean, Hayes and Rocky.

(A preface - I'll put some pictures in here, but for a whole bunch more, check out my flickr set of the race. Do a slideshow; it works great...)

We started at 7:00 am - still a little cold at that point, especially when you were just standing around waiting for your turn to run. Hayes took the first leg; he took us out of South Lake Tahoe and a ways around the south side of the lake.

Hayes tagged Peter, who got probably the hardest leg - up the big hill to Spooner. He charged it, though; through the tunnel at Cave Rock, through some beautiful scenery, and up to the junction at Spooner, where he tagged his 10 year old son, Rocky.

Rocky took an easier downhill section, which was still over ten miles long. He trooped it out, and did a great job. I don't know if he was the youngest runner, but I didn't see anyone else his age who ran a whole leg...

Just outside Incline Village, I took the tag from Rocky for leg 4. Somehow, I got the longest leg, but it wasn't very hilly, so that was nice. It WAS pretty urban, though, going through Incline, King's Beach and Carnelian Bay. It was also getting fairly hot at this point, but I made it through ok. The views were worth it...

Near Carnelian Bay, Sean took over from me and ran a good section to Homewood. Getting even hotter now, and Sean got a good dump of water on him at one of his stops. Thanks, Dad...

Chris took the tag at Homewood:

And ran a really good time despite some stomach cramps. He passed an amazing amount of other runners, or "bogies" as he had us calling them...

Chris's leg included the "hill from hell" that's a feature of the Lake Tahoe Marathon, and he handed off to Amber just before Emerald Bay. She had some downhill, some uphill, then A LOT of downhill before a long flat finish. I didn't get a good shot of her with the scenery of Emerald Bay, but here she is grinding some miles out:

Amber had out last leg: we finished in 11 hours and 25 minutes. I think we look pretty good, for all that!

Couple more pictures that are kind of emblematic of the whole day: Spent a lot of time in the truck shuttling back and forth around our runners. (Thanks, Amber, for letting us use, the truck, by the way...)

And a lot of time hanging around waiting for our runners to show up where we had stopped.

But all in all, a really fun day. Hanging out with friends at Lake Tahoe and getting a good run in; what could be better?


SnowLeopard said...

I sure had a fantastic time! And thank YOU for driving some of it. Now hopefully there won't be so much haze next year, 'cause I totally want to do this race again... Yeah us!


Peter Lubbers said...

I had a real blast, Turi.
Let's do it again next year!