Spring was celebrated in The Canyons two days after the official calendar date, and it was more than evident with the sights of wild flowers and the ever-present poison oak that smattered the trails on Cal Street on March 22nd.
This was our third unofficial training run and the first that we have had on the back half of the 100K course. We had a great turnout once again with over 50 runners who had the option to travel all the way to the river crossing at Rucky Chucky and back. With a well located aid station at Cal 2, many folks expressed how much of a difference this made on the return trip. This will be the site of our final aid station on race day and one that we feel fortunate to have DPMR managing.
Since our last newsletter, we have had some more exciting news in preparation for the big event. Hoka One One is now a premier sponsor of The Canyons Endurance Runs, and in becoming so has offered up a number of shoes that we have decided to raffle off in the coming weeks. Our first raffle winner was announced at random following last weekend’s training run. Bill Hunter, DPMR member from Grass Valley, was the winner of our raffle and will be in contact with Fleet Feet Roseville to secure his new kicks. Another pair will be raffled off each week in April for any new 100K entrants who sign up, so now there is nothing holding you back from taking the plunge!
As new RDs, we are very passionate about trail stewardship and we want to encourage everyone to find a way to give back to these beautiful passages. In doing so, we have recently posted that any entrant who volunteers during WS trail weekend 4/25-26 will also have a chance to win a pair of Hokas. (Visit wstrail.org to sign up.)
Another exciting announcement is that TCER will be the first trail race ever to have UltraSportsLive. TV not only be present for finisher’s interviews, but we will be the first to have every runner tracked live via small GPS chips that will be provided at packet pick up. We will know where every runner is at any given moment. This technology has been tested recently at some races, but never fully launched for an entire race population. This is newest technology in both runner safety and live-time logistics. AMAZING!
With a little over a month to go until race day, we want to thank DPMR for all their support via word of mouth, runner entry and managing Cal 2 Aid Station. If there are any individuals not running the race and wanting to volunteer in some capacity outside of the aid station due to logistics, time constraints or otherwise, we will have ample needs around the Start/Finish in Foresthill. Please visit our website www.runcanyons.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know of your interest. It will surely be a Party in The Canyons!
Finally, our last training run will be Sat. April 4th – let’s call it Chaz’s Birthday Run.
See you all there.