Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend events: 12/8-9/2012

Tis the season for some holiday runs...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Running with Rudolph
Part of the Winter Trail Series put on by Ascent Physical Therapy in Carson City. Had a blast at this one a couple of years ago.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Red Nosed Run
Rescheduled from last weekend, due to crazy storm conditions...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Events for the first weekend of December, 2012

Looks like just one event going on around here this weekend:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Reno Running Company Red-Nosed Run
3 mile fun run and a 1 mile kids run, looping around the parking lot of the Sierra Summit mall. Lots of goodies and a great raffle!

Friday, November 9, 2012

First weekend of Turkey Trot season

Apparently Thanksgiving starts up early up at Donner...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Carson High Safe & Sober 5K
Fun small-town 5K down in Carson, to benefit Carson High's Safe Grad program.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Donner Lake Turkey Trot
If it doesn't get canceled due to snow and ice, this is a great early Turkey Trot - one loop around Donner Lake. Some great small-town feel there, too -

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nevada Day weekend events

Saturday, October 7

Nevada Day Classic
The Carson City classic race, run on the streets downtown near the Nugget. It'll be chip-timed this year, for the first time. 8K run and 2 mile walk options.

Virginia City Haunted 5K
Don't know much about this one, other than that it's in Virginia City (duh) and there's a raffle for costumed runners.

Sunday, October 28

Reno 5000 Trick or Treat 5K
Sunday evening race around the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Organized by the Reno 5000 folks, who put on a good show.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Events for the weekend of 10/20-21/12

Just a couple things this weekend:

Saturday, October 20

Light the Night
An evening 5/10K that starts and finishes at Riverview Park in Carson City, benefitting Advocates to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Advocates. All entrants receive a t-shirt and glow stick.

Sunday, October 21

Washoe Run For Education
This event moves to the Legends in Sparks area this year, and drops a couple events. Now it's a 5K run or walk, with some mile races for the kids.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The upcoming weekend, 10/13-14/2012

Few things happening on Saturday, nothing I can find on Sunday (although I missed a couple last weekend, notably the Susan G. Komen pink cancer run thing - lemme know when you see stuff that's not on my calendar, willya?)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll
The last (I think) Big Blue Adventure race of the year, and a new one. Looks like it starts and finishes at Commons Beach in Tahoe City (start of the Lake Tahoe Marathon and the Truckee River Trail Run.) Scarecrow costumes are encouraged - although I can't imagine running in overalls and a flannel shirt...

Cancer Firkin Sucks 5K
Wow, this is the 4th annual now? Have I been doing this for that long? Anyway, this is a 5K in Carson City to benefit breast cancer research through the Pink Totties. So, if you missed the big pink ribbon event last weekend, make sure to make it down to Carson this weekend...

Safe Haven Rescue Zoo Tiger Dash 5K
I've gotta admit, I'm intrigued. Not often you can do a 5K in Imlay, NV. This one benefits (obviously) the Safe Haven Rescue Zoo, who take in exotic pets and other rescue animals. Sounds like a fun road trip...

This post brought to you by the ellipsis, my favorite punctuation mark...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 Kokanee Trail Runs

Half of TLD, Dave and myself, dragged ourselves up to south Lake Tahoe (my third trip up there in 4 weeks) for the Kokanee trail runs. I've done the half marathon and 10K here before, and always enjoyed it - although come to think of it, have never had good weather. In 2009 there was 5 inches of snow on the ground, and the 2010 races were held in a steady drizzle. This year, though, the weather was about perfect.

There was a last-minute course change this year - apparently the Forest Service was doing some logging near the trail, and we had to be rerouted. This was kind of a bummer, because it removed a lot of the cool singletrack for the 10K and turned the half marathon into two laps of the 10K course (plus a small loop.) But whatever; they did a good job coming up with a last-minute solution, and I hope the course is back to normal for next year.

Dave ran the 5K, so he was able to get a finish photo of me shambling down the chute in the 10K:

It was a pretty disappointing showing, which is par for the course these days. Dave, though, cut a bit off his 5K time on this course (the 5K course was the same.) And he got an age group second place for his effort:

Cool little handmade wooden "medals."

So, after the drive back to Reno and a city-wide search for pumpkin beer with gimpy Chris, we called it a day and another race in the books.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Upcoming events, 10/6-7/2012

A few good races happening this weekend:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Truckee River Trail Run
Less of a "trail run" than a "bike path run," but it's a beautiful and fun course. Follows the river from Tahoe City up to Squaw Valley, and has a great finish area in the village at Squaw. Last year they called it the Oktoberfest Run, and here's my race report from it.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Kokanee Trail Runs
Great event up at Camp Richardson and the Taylor Creek Snow Park, in collaboration with the Kokanee Salmon Fest they put on. 5K, 10K and half marathon options. Race reports from 2009 and 2010.

Run Ed Run
This looks like a smaller run out in Minden, but they appear to be stepping things up a bit. I think they were only a 5K for the last couple years, but this year there's also a 10K and half marathon option. And the prizes for the winners of each distance look pretty good too - Heavenly tickets, hotel and hot springs stays. Kinda wish I were faster...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lake Tahoe Marathon 2012

Keeping the streak alive. Really, the only reason I did this race. And to prove to myself that I'm really bloody-minded enough to actually finish it.

So. Despite my less-than-stellar year of training, when I learned I would have a crack at the Lake Tahoe Marathon for a sixth straight year, it set me to thinking. Yes, it would hurt. Yes, it would continue to hurt for days. But: the streak would be kept alive.

Now: The only other real streak I have going is the Reno Rock 'n' River half marathon, which I've been doing every year since it was the Marathon de Mayo. (Honestly, if I moved away from Reno, I think I might come back every May just to continue that one...) So, despite my lack of training, I kind of made up my mind to gut out the Lake Tahoe Marathon, and see just how much my lack of training hurt me.

Turns out, a lot.

But first, a few pictures.

I couldn't muster the energy to take many pics on course, but the start line was pretty photogenic. Maybe because we started an hour earlier than in previous years? At any rate, I got up at 3 AM, left from Reno at 3:30, and caught a shuttle bus at Stateline at around 5:00. It was still pretty dark at Commons Beach when we got there, and my initial pictures didn't come out. After a little while, though, it looked like this:

Note the sprinklers in the foreground. They had stopped by the time the race started, but it was pretty squishy running through that area...

The sun continued to rise, and I got this beautiful silhouette shot - of the porta-potty line. Beautiful, no?

A bit more standing around and shivering, then the other Tahoe Marathon tradition I love - the bagpiper. I don't know why, but I love seeing this guy out there every year. He  also shows up at the top of the big climb right before Emerald Bay, and I take my hat off to him every year. Cheers, mate.

So once we started, I didn't really concentrate on pictures. I ran for 45 minutes, walked 5, ran for 30 minutes, walked 5, ran for 20 minutes, walked 5, and then the hills started. From there on out it was just survival. I did manage to take a picture of my watch at the time that I finished last year - 3:41:12. I was just over mile 17 on my watch, but not yet to mile 17 by the course markers. In between the entrance to D.L. Bliss park and the view of Emerald Bay:

From there on out I knew I could make it. Sparing everyone the gory details, I slogged it it for a finish time of 6:05::50. Here's where I get a bit emotional and have to rely on the numbers.

My finish times from this race, 2007-2012
2007 - 3:54:15
2008 - 4:24:32
2009 - 3:56:02
2010 - 4:44:22
2011 - 3:42:12
2-12 - 6:05:50

Ridiculous, right? Good, bad, good, bad. Over 2:20 difference from last year. Despite any personal challenges I might be facing, that's crazy. Of course 60-70+ pounds will do that to you. Yikes.

This was going to hurt, I knew that. Did what I could to mitigate it, though - compression socks on the way home, ibuprofen and an ice bath one I made it back to Reno. (Pro tip: if your post-race beer isn't cold when you get home, chill it in your ice bath with. you. Mythbusters-approved.)

Monday morning at work, I could walk up and down stairs with no problem. Didn't even get any sympathy from coworkers.

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 29-30

Rounding out the end of September with a busy weekend:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Battle of the Rattle 5K
Run up Rattlesnake Mountain to benefit the Nevada Diabetes Association.

Lost Sierra Endurance Run
The inaugural year of this 50K run out of Graegle, CA. There's also a 14 mile option.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lake Tahoe Marathon
Events have been going on all week, but the main event is this marathon on Sunday, run from Tahoe City to Camp Richardson.

Reno Galena Fest Wicked Thorn
7.24 or 1.75 mile races, held on some great trails just south of Reno.

Wings of Hope Run
The second annual running of this race takes place up at UNR and benefits neuro-immune disease research.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Events for the weekend of 9/22-23/2012

Busy racing weekends coming up. This weekend, there's:

Saturday, September 22

Color Me Rad 5K
This is one of them "color bomb" races, where there are different stations throughout the course where they throw powdered colors at you. Wear a white shirt and have a colorful memento of the race. Held somewhere up at UNR.

Sierra Nevada Endurance Runs
A 12k or a Trail Marathon, held in Granite Bay, CA, through the American River canyon.

Sunday, September 23

DU Reno Race #4
The last race in the DU Reno duathlon series. Looks to be a similar course to last year, starting and finishing at Reno Cycling and Fitness on Longley Lane.

2012 Heart Run (& Walk)
A 5K held out at Scheels and the Sparks Marina to benefit the American Heart Association.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Emerald Bay Trail Run 2012

Half of TLD (Dave and I) made the trip up to Lake Tahoe this morning for the Emerald Bay Trail Run. Got to say hi to Gretchen, who's been off doing ultra stuff and who we haven't seen for awhile:

Then, we ran around Emerald Bay and along the lakeshore.

I got a few pics of Dave as we headed up the initial hill and around the bay:

And a decent one down by the water:

From there it was some slow running and walking for me. Finished in just under 1:30, quite a difference from last year's 1:01:01. Glad I got some time in at altitude, but a little depressed at my results.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Events for 9/16/12

Nothing going on this Saturday, but a couple of excellent events on

Sunday, September 16, 2012

RGJ Journal Jog
The 44th annual running of this Reno Classic. Seems like half the town turns up for this one. Team divisions, stroller division, even a caterpillar division! and a fun run for the kids. Starts on the Foster Drive in front of the Reno High track. Get there early if you want to park anywhere near...

Emerald Bay Trail Run
"Bay to Bliss" - starts at Eagle Point near Emerald Bay and winds along Tahoe's shoreline to D.L. Bliss State Park. Absolutely gorgeous. Here's my race report from last year, with lots of pictures. Ends with a party on the beach, and a shuttle ride back to Eagle Point. Also part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reno Galena Fest Race Entry Deal

Somehow this race missed my radar until today, but it looks pretty cool. The Reno Galena Fest  is in their fourth year, and this year adds a trail run to their list of events. Past years had the Bloody Rose mountain bike race, but now runners will have the Wicked Thorn 7.25 mile Trail Run as well as a 1.7 mile option. Great trails down there, and since the Fall Colors Half isn't going on anymore, those trails deserve a race.

The way I found out about this race was an email from Living Social, a daily deals site like Groupon. The current deal is for a $12 entry to the race, down from $25. (Or $6 instead of $12 for the shorter race.) Follow the link above to sign up - that's the best deal on a race entry I've seen in a long time. I think the deal is active for two days from now, so probably through the end of this weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Mountain Runs

Well, Labor day weekend is almost upon us. If you missed the Squaw Valley Mountain Run at the beginning of August, there are a couple of good ski area runs happening this weekend. Plus, you get an extra day of recuperation...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kirkwood 5K, 10K and Children's runs
Sounds like an interesting course, all around Kirkwood Resort. Ceramic finisher's medals for the 5K/10K, and "Make Your Own" medals for the kids race. AND a drawing for a season ski pass -

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Heavenly Mountain Run

"Takes runners from the California Base Lodge at 6,565-feet up Maggie’s to Hellwinkles and along the California Trail to the top of one of Lake Tahoe’s largest four-seasons resorts. The run finishes at the Tamarack Lodge at an awe-inspiring 9,150-feet. Runners can enjoy a scenic ride down the Heavenly Gondola back to the base or descend on their own." Part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series.

Friday, August 24, 2012

This weekend, 8/25-26/12

Since I missed posting about events happening last weekend, I'd better at least get this one in. Only one thing that I see happening around the area, on:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Big Blue Trail Run
5K and 10K options here, going on at the same time as the XTerra Tahoe. So, you get to spectate at the triathlon before and after the run. Fun course, winding through the trees around Incline Village. I did this one last year and had a blast; here's the race report.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weekend events 8/11-12/12

Whoops, almost missed this weekend's events. Fortunately there's only one, and it's on Sunday.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Northstar Mountain Run
Another run in the Tahoe Trail Running series put on by Big Blue Adventure. I did this one last year, and it was a great course - if you like to climb. Up, up, up. And then there's a hill at the end. Here's my report from last year.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Weekend events for August 4-5, 2012

Wow, lots of stuff going on this weekend. Well, Saturday at least...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Squaw Valley Mountain Run
Now put on by the Auburn Ski Club, this is the 32nd annual running of the Mountain Run. From the village at the Base of Squaw to High Camp at 8200 feet, it's 2000 feet of climbing in 3.6 miles. A must-do run for Reno-Tahoe runners.

Liquid Gold 5K
Don't know much about this one - held up at UNR, but the page doesn't have a lot of info. Ah - apparently it's a benefit for the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition - look them up on Facebook for more info.

Ruby Mountain Relay
And the Ruby Mountain Relay kicks off in Northeastern Nevada. Although - if you haven't already signed up for this one, it's probably too late...

The 5K Foam Fest that had been scheduled for this weekend up in Tahoe has apparently been moved to Ogden, Utah.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weekend events 7/13-15/2012 and a cancellation

It looks like the Moonlight Madness 5K/10K that was scheduled this Friday has been cancelled. I spoke with race director Catherine McFeely, who explained that there was very little pre-registration for it, to the point where it was fiscally impossible to get it set up. Apparently as soon as they made the decision to cancel it, interest started picking up, but it was too late to secure the venue, get shirts made, etc. She says full refund checks should be in the mail by this Friday for those who did pre-register, and not to worry, the Rock-n-River races (that they also put on) are definitely still a go for next spring.

The only other event going on this weekend is -

Saturday, July 14, 2002

Sierra Recon
This is a pretty cool-looking obstacle race held up at Sierra-at-Tahoe, with three different distances and difficulty levels based on ski run ratings. The green circle course is 4.1 miles and has 8-10 obstacles, the blue square course is 7 miles with 12-15 obstacles, and the black diamond course 10.9 miles with 20+ obstacles. Wish I could do this one, looks like a blast. Put on by the Tahoe Tri Club.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Events for this weekend and the holiday - 6/30-7/1/12, 7/4/12

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DUReno Race #2 "Firecracker Duathlon"
The second of four races in the DUReno series, this one is starts at Reno
Cycling and Fitness on Longley. Looks to be the same course as last year.

Tahoe Kids Triathlon
This is the first in a series of 3 kids triathlons, run by the Tahoe Tri Club at Lake Baron near South Lake.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Run to the Beach
One of the Big Blue Adventure series runs, this one starts in North Tahoe Regional Park and ends on the beach in King's Beach. Recap of last year's event here.

Truckee Firecracker Mile
A quick mile, finishing in downtown Truckee, just before the start of the 4th of July parade. A classic.

Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek
Don't know much about this one, other that that it starts at Incline Middle School. Might be a benefit for the local school's cross country team?

Firecracker Fun Runs
Put on by Ascent Physical Therapy, the same folks who do the Winter Trail series down in Carson City. This  one starts and ends in Korean War Veterans Memorial Park in Carson.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Late weekend events, 6/23-24/12

Oops, a little late on this post. Well, if you're out doing the Western States 100, you know who you are. If not -

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reno 5000 Race #3
Third of the four-race series, this one held in Bartley Ranch park in southwest Reno.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Run to Squaw
Also part of a series, the Big Blue Adventure races. 7.9 miles from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend events 6/16-17/12

Father's Day weekend! Let dad get out for a quick race on his day -

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tahoe Legends 10K & 5K
The Tahoe Legends Run welcomes all challengers to take on the local runners through a fast course at 6250 feet. A unique Tahoe course snakes through rolling hills, forests and meadows on single track trails and bike paths. Competitors start at LTCC finishing on the track at the South Tahoe Community Sports Complex, former home of the 1968 Olympic Trials Track. The Tahoe Legends Challenge also pits local fitness clubs in head to head competition for the Fast and Fit Trophy. (Description from

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Burton Creek Trail Run takes place on a beautiful, fun and challenging trail system within Burton Creek State Park in Tahoe City, CA.  The course features miles of single track through pine forests and high sierra meadows.  Burton Creek drains the runoff from Mt. Watson into Lake Tahoe.  You'll see and hear the creek often and June is a great wildflower time of year as well.  Choose between either the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon Distance.  (Description from Big Blue website.)

A prostate cancer fundraiser, held around Sparks Marina. Lots of family stuff, too, like a bounce house and face painting for the kids.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Races for the weekend of June 9-10, 2012

The race season is starting to kick into gear. Here's the happenings for this weekend in the Reno/Tahoe area:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay
The 48th annual relay around the lake takes place this Saturday. Hope we have good weather for it!

Carson Valley Days Walk/Jog/Run
Fun sounding little race down south -

5K Foam Fest
Second year of this event - last year was in the fall, but they've moved earlier this year. At Rancho San Rafael. Ready to get wet?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DU Reno #1
The Reno 500 folks put on a triathlon series - the first event is in Hidden Valley Park. Should be a well run, competitive event.

Sierra SoleMates Girls on the Run 5K
Need a short run at altitude? The Girls on the Run group in Truckee is putting on a 5K for a great cause -

Melanie Pfeiffer Melanoma Race
And another good cause - this Carson City race is being held to benefit a local college softball player.

Monday, June 4, 2012

2012 Big Blue Adventure Trail Running Series

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile will remember last summer's version of the Big Blue Adventure Trail Running Series, which I ran every race of. I'm not going to get out for that many of them this year, but will certainly do a couple of them. Here's the list -

Burton Creek Trail Run, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon & Marathon6/17/2012Tahoe City, CA
Run To Squaw6/24/2012Tahoe City & Squaw Valley USA
Run To The Beach 5 & 10K7/4/2012Kings Beach, CA
Truckee Running Festival7/8/2012Truckee, CA
Northstar Mountain Run8/12/2012Northstar at Tahoe, Truckee, CA
Big Blue Trail Run 5 & 10K8/25/2012Incline Village, NV
Emerald Bay Trail Run9/16/2012West Shore, Lake Tahoe
Oktoberfest Trail Run10/6/2012Tahoe City, Squaw Valley USA

And once again, they are doing a points series - both a Sprint and a Long version. Info and rules on that are here.

For my race report on any of the races, search the title of the race in the search bar at the top of the blog -

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Silver State 50/50 Half Marathon

Man, it was a great day for a race. Just wish It didn't take me so long to finish it...

Rode my bike over to the start of the Silver State 50/50, down by the Wilbur May parking lot this year. Milled around and chatted with Darren, who was trying to get some aid station stuff organized. A few minutes before 8, we all trekked over to the start line, up near the entrance to the dog park, and got a pre-race briefing.

Chris stopped by to say hi after he had run a ways out with some of the 50K people. Talked for a minute, and before long we were off with a bang.

Last year, I was worried enough about my start position that I scouted out the best route through the marshy area near the dog park, so I wouldn't get stuck in a pack through there. This year, I just hung back and tried to find a group that was going my speed. Eventually we filtered out so that, heading up Evans Creek Canyon, I was in a pretty comfortable spot. Pretty much walked all of the hill out of the canyon, ran a little on the flats, then walked some more. That was pretty much my M.O. throughout the race.

There's the aid station at the radio towers - those folks had one of the longest days, since they had to be out early for the 50 milers who started at 6, and stay through when the last people went back through with only 3 miles left. Big thanks to all the volunteers.

It was a great day out there for wildlife. Early on I saw some of Peavine's ubiquitous rabbits, and just after the radio tower aid station, I almost ran into a snake crossing the trail. Not long after that, a coyote went loping across the hill just in front of me. Later on, the lizards were out in force, swishing back and forth on the rocks. Of course, there were birds all over the place too, singing to us the whole way.

There's the snake. Tried to get a picture of the coyote, but I can't pick him out in either of the shots I took. But here they are anyway - he's in there somewhere...

There was some nice flat fire road for a while, and I did a good portion of running. Then a short downhill before a good climb up to the pond and the aid station there.

Then, of course, the huge grinding hill up to the ridge aid station. Seriously, a fixed rope would not be out of place for that climb. A quick cup of sports drink at the aid station, and a long downhill section with great views awaited.

I sure wasn't flying on the downhills, though. I'd describe my uphill gait as "trudging", and on the downhills I was "trundling" along. So I trudged and trundled my way back through the radio tower aid station, over the ridge and back down into Rancho San Rafael.

They changed the finish are this year to inside the Great Basin Adventure park. I thought it made a great change - you get to finish running along the ponds, with red-wing blackbirds and waterfowl swimming around. And the park area was nice and contained, unlike the wide-open finish are from years past. I hope they can keep that change to the course for future years.

By the time I finished and had a couple cups of lemonade, they were already about to start the half marathon awards. Since I wasn't anywhere near getting an award, and was super tired, I hopped on my bike and rode home to take a shower and lick my wounds.

The statistics: I finished in 2:48:06 - barely less than an hour slower than my time of 1:48:51 from last year. (It felt like I was drinking more water out there this year, but since I was out there for an extra hour, that would make sense.) Went from 8th overall and 1st in my age group to 89th overall and 15th in my AG. Full results here.

Despite my slow time, and the soreness I'm having today, I'm glad I got out and did it. Thanks to the Silver State Striders for putting on a great race.