Monday, March 30, 2009

Climb California SF

Well, the Climb California San Francisco that I'd been kind of dreading for the last month or so was on Saturday. Surprisingly, the run itself turned out to be a breeze...

Our team made its separate ways to the Bay area, staying with family or at hotels in the city or around the area. Amber and I carpooled and stayed with her brother in Berkeley. Had an excellent meal the night before the race at a tapas place in Albany, then got a good night's rest and got up early for the trip into the city. A BART station was walking distance, so we took public transit over, getting into the city and finding the 555 California building with plenty of time. Here's a hastily patched together picture of the start area, looking up the building:



Yeah, doesn't really do the height of it justice. Here's our team, Calvesandquadsoffire, posing on the plaza before the race:



After a silly warm-up,they led our wave into the basement, where they sent us off every 8 seconds exactly - only to stop around a corner where they let us go whenever they felt like it. Then we rounded another corner, and waited again. Weird system. We finally got to the timing mats, and headed up the stairs.

Instead of starting out running, just to start walking after 6 flights or so, I tried to settle into a good pace early. Kept it pretty even passed a bunch of people, and got to the top in 9:37. Found Chris, who had finished in 8:19, and waited to gather up the rest of our group. Enjoyed the snacks, music and views for awhile - here are some assorted pictures from the Carnelian Room, the restaurant at the top where the post race party was held -

First, Amber enjoying the view:


Looking down at the Transamerica building:


Chris and I wondering why Amber is holding the camera like that...


And a slightly hazy look over the city toward the Presidio and the Golden Gate, where I'd be running on Sunday...


The results showed up sometime on Sunday, and they got me confused with another Becker. Apparently I got his timing tag, or they put my label on his bib number or something. Anyway, it looks like I ended up 26th overall, either 7th or 8th in my AG (Chris should have been in my AG, but has a weird number there, too...)

Big thanks to all the people that sponsored me. Had a great time!

4 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

What a great race! I was SO surprised not to be sore afterward! Great pictures- and congrats on getting in the top 2.5%! (I think I did my math right there...) :)

Gail said...

You're welcome. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the photos. It's fun sharing the activities this way.

Peter Lubbers said...

Nice job Turi! Team Calves & Quads did really well, it seems.

slowrunner77 said...

WAY TO GO TLD, and especially Turi for exceeding his goal...always a good thing!!!