On June 13, I had the privilege of being able to run just a few blocks from my house to the start of the race that was put on by Sean Flanagan and the running club. And it was a FREE race, with the stipulation of being a paid DPMR member.
Since this was taking place on my backyard trails, I knew that I would have to represent the Hood and go all out from the start, which I was kind of dreading since that is not my style of running. Race morning dawned, and my legs felt like they had some pep in them, so I mentally geared up to do battle and make it hurt.
We all met at the Lake Tahoe Wellness Center for our race briefing from Sean and then walked the 2 blocks over to the start. I’d say this was more like a Fun Run for most of the 20ish runners out there, but it was game on for me, especially since the super speedy Kristin Walstad was also running. The start was about as casual as it gets and a fun social scene, or at least until Sean gave the count down to set us off. I took off fast (for me), but not all out since I knew so well what a challenging 13 miles lay before us.
I slowly pulled away from everyone else and kept pushing hard, knowing that Kristin was not far behind, and figuring I could let off the gas a little after she passed me. Well, this never really happened, though she did catch me and we ended up running mostly together for the second half of the course. Kristin kept me at an honest race pace, especially as we power hiked the infamous KB Powerline that gains almost 900′ of vert in about half a mile. I tried to lose her on the final long downhill (she told me she is not a good downhiller, which turned out to not be true), but she kept right on my heels, and we ended up in a photo finish and tie for the win. It was a proud day for me to be able to finish neck and neck with a runner as fast as Kristin.
While this was officially Sean’s race, he received much needed and fantastic volunteer help from Helen Pelster, Lesley Dellamonica, and her boyfriend Bruce on race day, and from Dan Baxely the day before for course marking. Thanks so much you guys for putting this race on!!! That was so much fun with some really cool DPMR folks participating.