Michael Tobin of Boise - at age 48 - took top honors in the men's division in 37:08. Chelsea Holmes of Ketchum won the women's side in 42:36. Full results.
My race was more modest. I finished in 47:03, about 20 seconds slower than my PR in the event, set in 2006. And I felt pretty solid throughout, but, I had trouble pushing beyond the hard-but-within-myself level. Any time I really worked to pick up the pace a bit, I shot quickly into the red zone and had to dial it down so I wouldn't blow up and limp home in 60 minutes.
|Lost in the pain cave. Exit, 1,000 feet up. (this & top photo: KJB)|
To cap the day off and to get some extra miles, I took the long way down to the base, following the 11 mile Broadway/Warm Springs trails from the top. After the single file sufferfest up, it was an easy, sunny, and beautiful cruise home.
|Cruising home. Fall in the Castle Rock burn.|