Runners milling about, waiting for the start at Snowbird
Michelle and Kevin from Mass. getting ready for a day of fun
Karl Meltzer, RD, giving his pre race speech
I lined up in the back with KZ and Michelle to insure a slow start
And away we go!
The start was nice, up a dirt road so we could get into a rhythm without a conga line
Lots of climbing in this race, but also some nice downhills to run to get back the time you lost climbing
We didn't take the "Easier Route"
Up, up what seemed like all day long
Lots of snow, too...the "Hoka" people didn't fare as well as the rest of us in the snow.
Finally a downhill!
That's Michelle Barton in front of me, a known runner from Ca. obviously having difficulty with the altitude. We were nearing 10,000' here.
If you are a good climber who lives at altitude, you have a good chance to have a good race here, I did.
See the line of runners like small specks in the snow?
The snow was slippery, so couldn't run much....but it was all uphill and up at high altitude anyway!
See? Very steep!
Runners coming up behind me...
This section was so steep and long they put a rope there for safety
Looking back....most runners not bothering with the rope. I used it and it helped.
Nearing the top, but first must run along the top of this snowfield
Aid station up near that ski lift building
Aid station, about mile 7?
Karl, RD in blue
We'll be back here around mile 27
Scott Mason, chief Speedgoat and co-RD...
Now along this ridge for a bit...it was a bit gnarly with the trees in the trail
Runners up ahead of me on the ridge, everyone was thankful the sun wasn't out
The top...around 11,000'
Now we run down along that line on the ridge
Down for a bit...
Steep down, so steep they placed a rope here
Photo of me coming down the hill using the rope to keep from killing myself.
Photo by Mick Jurynec
Close-up, showing the steepness...Baaa!
That's Switzerland in front of me (green shirt). We ran together all day and I got by her and finished one place in front of her.
She is from Switzerland and just moved to SLC. Here she was battling the young woman in yellow, it was fun to watch ...
Aid station, about 11 miles in...we'll be back here later on.
Yeah, up again...
The flowers were beautiful, but I heard not as nice as last year due to the high snow
Any roads that were "runnable", were almost too rocky to run!
Rock Horton's aid station, Pipeline, was clearly the winner ;-)
It was getting hot and they had wet, ice water cloths for the back of your neck and popsicles!
Rock Horton, aid station captain extraordinaire!
My new Bud, Cory from Logan, Utah.
We spent a lot of time together...
That line in the hillside is the trail ahead....more climbing.
Cory cooling down...
I was never hot, which is unusual for me, but I've been training a lot in the 95 degree Albuquerque heat.
Up we go...
Views were great all day...very Hardrockish!
Reminded me of Grant Swamp Pass at Hardrock
Cory and Switzerland left me in the dust while I sat down to get some rocks out of my shoes, but in the end I got them both ;-)
Switzerland up ahead, climbing the hardest section of the course around mile 22.
Line of runners on this tough section, it was straight up a grassy slope and finished off any tired runners.
Line of runners struggling up the climb...and the sun was out now. This was also up above 10K.
Once I reached the top, I looked back.
Aid station up at the tunnel, around mile 23
View from this aid station
The tunnel we went through
Bryon Powell of irunfar taking a breather in the cool tunnel
Bryon running down the road ahead of me on a newly plowed road.
Looking back....this course was so pretty.
Up again now in the hot sun...this was a tough section, but once we reached the top it was all downhill to the finish!
The ridge we followed to the summit
Runner up ahead on the ridge
This guy was hurting and I had just passed him.
I was feeling great and climbing strong, much closer to Troy ahead. But he wasted me on the final downhill.
Looking to my left
Looking to my right
SLC in the distance
Now on the way down....5 miles to go and following Cody. Switzerland was already out of sight, but not for long ;-)
I blasted down this section trying to get under 8 hours.
Troy glissading the snowfield behind me...now the snow was fun!
Now done...I didn't make sub 8 because the trail got difficult near the bottom. 8:07:53 in 63rd place.
Cory finishing a few minutes behind me, Switzerland (Coni) was between us.
Mindy Campbell with her husband Jared (standing in blue) who was the course timer, talking with Karl. Mindy and I were running close together for a good part of the day.
Scott Mason's belly almost got in the way...Baaa!
Finished runners telling war stories
Michelle Roy finishes
Michelle getting her prize from Scott
Kevin finished a little bit after Michelle
Kevin re-enacting his finish
This is a great run that I highly recommend, it's my new favorite!