The Canyons Endurance Runs
As February passes us by, and we lack the fun white stuff we love so much here in the Tahoe region, there have been several amazing days on the trails. There’s always a silver lining! On February 21st, we held our second training run for The Canyons Endurance Runs, and we had another solid turnout with several DPMR members on the trail. It was great to see everyone working hard out in the canyons.
For this second run, we met up at the Foresthill Elementary School, and then carpooled out to Michigan Bluff. The run was set up as an out-and-back, so any distance was possible. The main plan was to run to the swinging bridge and back to Michigan Bluff, with an aid station at Deadwood Cemetery (almost 17 miles). It went perfectly!
There was a really nice layer of fog over the valley in the canyons, so getting warmed up and running down to the river was very enjoyable. Plus, we had a large group of people with everyone super stoked to be on the trail. It really didn’t take long for things to spread out. There were some speedsters who took off, and Chris Perillo and I made sure the trail was adequately marked as we worked our way up to Deadwood.
Deadwood was home to our free aid station for the training run and included many goodies and your typical ultra buffet, plus Chris’s soon-to-be-world-famous cookies. A large group of runners headed off to swinging bridge, lead by Chaz Sheya who setup the aid station. He was joined by our fast runners out there. When I say fast, I mean fast.
I spent sometime at the aid station before Chris took over, and I took off down to swinging bridge. As I approached the bridge, I realized everyone was down there hanging out enjoying the summer-like weather and in no big hurry to head back up the grunt known as Devil’s Thumb. We all worked our way back to Deadwood Cemetery to refill our hydration packs with water and snacks.
It was a long slog back to Michigan Bluff, but everyone made it in great spirits, especially when we cracked open some of Track 7’s Panic Ipa (Delicious!). We followed that up with a drive back to Foresthill where we had pizza and shared stories of the trail.
I have to say, this was a very successful and fun training run. TCER will be offering one more on Sunday March 22nd at 8am, where we will do an out-and-back on the Cal Street Loop (between Foresthill and Rucky Chucky). Expect much more of the same quality single track, along with a great aid station and amazing camaraderie on the trails.
Anyone who will be attending Way Too Cool, please come check out the booth for The Canyons Endurance Runs. We will have Ts, Hoodies, and the new Trucker hat to preview! We may even be offering a discounted coupon code. If you do come say hi, you may get a random give away! We would love for you to join our race if you haven’t already.