I arrived in Tahoe City, CA last week to support my big bro's first Western States 100. Little did I know, there was a race for me too! Montrail was putting on a free event the day before the big WS100. After a little coaxing with GH, he was ready to trade in the pavement for the dirt.
The race was straight up a fire road on the ski slope that also was the start of the Western States race. I thought it was pretty cool that I'd get to run a bit (3%) of exactly what my brother was going to have to run the next day. He thought it sucked that I got to run it first. Sorry! We ran up and to the right in this picture. Elevation gain of about 2,000 ft by the end of the race.
I only got to .48 miles before I started to hike it. Coming from sea-level sucked, but I kept motoring. Here's a look back at 1 mile. You can see the ski town we came from.
Those ahead of me (including GH)...
The terrain was pretty packed down but there were loose rocks to contend with.
At mile 2, you lost the ski town view. At this point, it was a hike/trot on the uphill/flats.
Finally, I was able to see the finish!
In total, it was shy of a 6k, but that's what they called it. GH and I got our free water bottles and took in the sites.
At this point, you could take the gondola back down, or run back down. We are nuts so of course we ran back down. At the bottom we picked up our second free swag, a pair of arm panties. No idea when I will use them but feel like I'm in the cool-ultra-runner-clique now that I have them.