Sunday, November 15, 2009

Donner Lake Turkey Trot

Despite not having run for TWO WEEKS (low motivation) and having had a dinner party at our house last night (high interesting-beer quotient), I made it with most of Team Library Dork to the Donner Lake Turkey Trot this morning. Met Slowrunner and HiAltDawg (to use their nicknames for once) in Verdi, and trooped up to Truckee.

Despite living in Reno, the only time I've ever been to Donner Lake was earlier this year, for the Frog Creek Trail Run - and then, I only drove by it. This was to be my real intro to Donner, and fortunately, it was a really nice day.

Cold, though. Had to find sunny spots to stand in waiting for the start, and during the Mashed Potato Mile, the kids' race that preceded the main run:



Those kids took off even faster than I would for a mile run...

Managed to find Gretchen at the start, so another TLD honorary member present. Unfortunately Snowleopard was unable to make it...

We got all lined up - here's Chris angling for position. and Dave coming back...



And off. The first half of the race was on the north side of the lake, heading east. This made for some nice pictures:







At this point, long-term readers of this space are saying "Damn, Turi really needs a camera with image stabilization." Yeah, yeah, accepting donations...

We turned at the state park:



And ran through the parking lots until we came to some sketchy shady uphills:



Got a little slipperier just around the corner from this, actually. Then it mellowed out, though, and was rolling until the finish. I scored the last cocoa Clif Shot and snapped a pic of HiAltDawg finishing:



I ended up finishing in 56:something. Chris got edged and finished second (not that he was stewing about it :) ) and Gretchen was first first female. Fifth year straight, did I hear? Dear god.

Hung out for awards and raffle (in which everyone bt me won something AGAIN, for frick's sake.)

We adjourned to the 50/50 brewery, where we celebrated with a sampler:



I followed Gretchen's lead in having a porter, but brought a growler of Collective Evil home. Which is my excuse for any the typos in this post...

4 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Dude, snow? There wasn't any snow on Wednesday when I ran around the lake! I prefer to run the other direction so I get the hills out of the way early on. How I wish I could have been there with the troops this morning...

And speaking of donations, you should be getting a (small) contribution for your efforts in Movember... ;)

slowrunner77 said...

mmm...beer!

Gretchen said...

Nice job on the run, and the beer. And, no, I have never won this race before. (That status update was meant to convey that I have won my last 5 races in a row - a feat which I suspect shall never be repeated, so i may as well celebrate it! ;))

Turi said...

Ahh, is this the "fact checking" I keep hearing about? :)

Also - Looks like I had the pictures justified wrong. Sure makes for a messy post. Wonder if I can fix it?