Thursday, June 27, 2013

This weekend and looking ahead to the 4th

Just one race in the area this weekend, but the 4th of July is looking pretty busy, as usual.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Run to Squaw
"This 7.9 mile course travels alongside the Truckee River. Enjoy spectacular views along this stunning scenic corridor. This run is perfect for all abilities. The route is fast with little elevation gain. The course starts at Commons Beach with a stellar view of Lake Tahoe. It then heads on to the Truckee River Trail finishing at in the heart of the Village At Squaw Valley. There are aid stations and course marshals along the way to cheer you on and make sure you are hydrated. Event check-in and parking is located at Squaw Valley. A shuttle takes you to the start at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. You then run back to Squaw Valley."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Freedom 5K Fun Run
And "Yankee Doodle Chalk Art Fest", apparently. On Main Street in Gardnerville. Another link with more info.

Run to the Beach
"Run To The Beach 5 and 10k starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park. From the park you have an option of participating in the 5K or 10K distance both of which finish on the “Big” beach in Kings Beach, CA. Kings Beach is a great place to spend your July 4th weekend. Fireworks are scheduled for the evening of July 3rd!"

Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek
"Join us for the second annual Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek, to benefit the Incline High School Boys and Girls Cross Country team. The Race will take place on the 4th of July as part of the Red White and Tahoe Blue activities. With separate races for kids and adults, this event is perfect for the entire family. Grab your racing/running/walking shoes for a great kick off to your 4th of July festivities!"

Truckee Firecracker Mile
"A 1 mile, gravity fed, fun event for all ages & abilities.The run begins at 9:45 am  just before the parade along Donner Pass Road from US Bank to the Train Station. Runners are cheered by the thousands of parade spectators.The run is a fundraiser for The Auburn Ski Club’s Youth and Junior Nordic Programs."

Sunday, July 7, 2013

DU Reno Firecracker Duathlon
Has been canceled due to low participation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This weekend's races: Street or Trail?

Hey, choices this weekend! Both on Sunday, as well:

Sunday, June 23, 2013

If you're looking for a road race, there's the...

Reno 5000 Series #2
Honestly, it's kind of hard to figure out what they want to call this one - the Mustang Run, the Dolan Auto Group Damonte Ranch Run - but anyway, it's the second in their series, and they have a 5K, 10K, half marathon as well as a kids 1 miler. These are usually well-run, fun events, but they don't do race day registration, so get on it if you're interested.

If you're more in the mood for some trails, though, head up to Tahoe for the...

Burton Creek Trail Run
 Event description: "The Burton Creek Trail Run takes place on a beautiful, fun and challenging trail system within Burton Creek State Park near 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 from the 6K, 12K, Half Marathon or 50K."

I like that they're not calling them 5 and 10Ks this year; those measurements were always somewhat inexact... :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day weekend events, 6/15-16/2013

Two events in the are that I can find for this weekend:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

 Tahoe Legends 5K/10K
From the event description: "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."

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dash for Dads
5K at the Sparks Marina to raise money for the Cancer Awareness of Nevada organization.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

2013 DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay

The day dawned bright and early - actually, ridiculously early, as my alarm was set for 5:00. Had to get on the road by 5:15 in order to make it to South Lake Tahoe by 6:30 to rendezvous with my relay team. Bright, too - the sun was out already at 5:00, and it looked like it was in it for the long haul...

I'd done the Lake Tahoe Relay two times previously, in 2008 and 2009. Both times were thanks to Peter Lubbers, who had a team of himself, his two boys and some friends, and was looking to fill a few more slots. They've apparently done the race almost every year since then, but either their team was full or I was unable to go. This year, however, things fell into place for me, and with a last-minute dropout, I was able to fill in.

Found the crew in the parking lot of the "Y" and meandered to the classic start line behind the Mr. Suds Laundromat. (Such a funny place for a start/finish area, but it's nicely out of the way, at least.)


(Frantic start line pics)

We got our first runner on the course - Peter's son Rocky. He led us through South Lake and on to Zephyr Cove, where he snuck by before I had a chance to get a handoff picture.

(Rocky, Peter and Sean)

Peter took leg two, the hill up to Spooner Lake. Here we fell into the relay routine of driving, parking, waiting for the runner, and repeating. Lots of time to take pictures along the way:

(Hot air balloon over Tahoe)

(Car and runner)

(A little sponge off from the heat)

(Meeting the support team)

(Peter coming up the hill)

At the leg 3 transition, Peter handed off to Pamela, who took off down the hill toward Sand Harbor and Incline Village. 

(Last burst of speed)

(The handoff, with Peter's wife Victoria cheering)

Beautiful section, this one. Lots of photo opportunities:

(Cruising the downhills)

(Water/sponge break)

(Along the shore)

(Near Sand Harbor)

(Still trucking)

Pamela cruised through her leg, and handed off to Damien for the long leg 4. But this time it was getting pretty hot, and I had to start getting ready for my leg 6. Didn't get that many pictures of Damien and our leg 5 runner, Ollie.

(Pamela handing off to Damien)

(Damien running through residential neighborhoods)

(Ollie taking it through leg 5)

(Giant Tahoe pine cones near Tahoe City)

I waited for Ollie at the leg 6 exchange near Homewood, where the heat was becoming more oppressive. At this point we'd lost one of our two shuttle cars due to mechanical problems, so half the team was off taking care of that. Really wasn't sure how my leg was going to go - I don't usually run in the afternoon, or in the heat (or at Tahoe elevation for that matter.) But, after I took the tag from Ollie, I seemed to fall into a pretty good groove for the first mile or so.

Unfortunately, there were nine more miles to go, and I started falling apart. Walk breaks started happening on anything resembling a hill, and then even if there was a bit of shade I could stretch out. I went through my handheld water bottle a couple of times, getting refills from the rest of the team. Eventually I reached the bottom of the "Hill from Hell" - which I'm familiar with from the Lake Tahoe Marathon course - and resigned myself to just walking it. Strangely, I passed a couple of people while walking the hill - thanks, long legs. Just past the top, there was a whole 400 yards of flat into the handoff area, which I ran in to high-five Sean for leg 7.

(Sean flies by after his one big hill)

(Gorgeous day after the clouds came in)

(Quick walk and water break)

(Pep talk from the crew)

(Making a push near the end)

Sean put in a huge effort on leg 7, blazing the last few miles to bring us in right at 12:30 for the whole race. Here's those of us that made it to the finish; Pamela and Damien were with the car that had problems. 

As always, a great, though tiring day. Thanks to Peter for asking me along, and thanks to the race organizers and volunteers for putting on such a good show.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

National Running Day and this weekend's events

So, I guess it's National Running Day. I actually ran yesterday, and wasn't planning on it today - so I didn't. Who knows, maybe I'll get a token mile in later. At any rate, there are some fun events and things to do at the link above, as well as twitter hashtags contest and the like. So, enjoy -

As for this weekend, it's kind of a busy one - at least on:

Saturday June 8, 2013

Carson Valley Days Walk Jog Run
For the 5th year in a row, this event starts off the Carson Valley Days celebration. Starts and ends in Lampe Park, and the final mile of the course travels down the parade route, hopefully lined with spectators.

DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay
The 49th annual running of this race, which bills itself as the Oldest Relay Race in the US. 7 runners, 8-12 miles each - all the way around Lake Tahoe. I can vouch for the fun of this one - an all-day good time.

Running With The Cows 5K
Run out in Fallon, this is a weight-classed race with classes like Beefalo, Jersey Cows, Quarter Pounders and Low Fat Yogurt. Sounds like a great time; I've been wanting to get out there to do it for a couple of years.

Truckee Running Festival
The first race in the Tahoe Trail Running Series for this year. I ran the half a couple years ago and it's a great course; also the 5K is a fund-raiser for Girls on the Run this year.