On Monday, we held the 4th annual DPMR Memorial Day Picnic, presented by Tahoe Mountain Sports, at a new and improved gorgeous location overlooking Prosser Reservoir. While dark clouds threatened a repeat of previous years’ picnics with rain, hail or snow, this year provided no precipitation and 110% participation. Our 2017 DPMR Memorial Day Picnic saw a gathering of new members and new friends, including a couple that travelled all the way from Ohio.
The first of three group runs began at noon with a shuttled one-way run, led by Mike Tebbutt, with Julia Millon as sweep. The run, advertised at 12 miles, was reportedly closer to 15. Thanks to Julia and Betsy for marking the course the day before.
Chris Cloyd, our middle-distance run leader, reported the Animal Trail was in fine form for May, and they made it almost all 10 (read: 8 Peter Fain) miles before losing anyone. Betsy Nye swept the run (you read that right, one of the most celebrated ultrarunners of all time, was the sweep – that’s how cool our club is).
Speaking of celebrated ultrarunners, Sean Flanagan and Kathy D’onfrio led the Short Group Run, with sweep services provided by Sharon and Kin Fong. Thanks to Lesley D and Bruce for marking the course the day before. The short run, advertised at 4-5, not to be outdone, measured in closer to 6 miles.
While the group runners were running, Peter Fain was busy designing an epic 1/4 mile loop for the kids’ races.
Tahoe Mountain Sports, our event sponsor again this year (Thank you TMS!), was on hand with several of the latest Solomon shoes to demo, a selection of running gear, and give-aways for attendees.
Jon Murchinson (“Murch”) and Lesley Dellamonica manned the DPMR table of our new club gear, and if you missed it, you can order most of it on our online shop.
Golden Rotisserie in Truckee catered the event, with a delicious selection of Mexican food. Heidi baked cookies for dessert and Peter negotiated a keg to quench our thirst.
The Kids’ Races featured two distances – 1/4 mile and 1 mile (4 laps of the short run). The course was technical, hilly, scenic, and quite challenging. Some of the kids got a true taste of the sport (literally; they ate some dirt while crashing), crossing the finish line a bit dusty and maybe a little scratched and bruised but eager for more. The littlest kids had so much fun on the 1/4 mile loop course that many went back for more, and more, and more… long after the “official” race was over.
Special thanks to the following people who helped made this event a success:
~Dave Polivy andTahoe Mountain Sports for their continuing support
~Mone’ Haen for securing the spot and handling the pre-event organization
~Lesley Dellamonica for coordinating the many volunteers required to host an event of this size (over 125 RSVPs!)
~Julia Millon and Peter Fain for organizing the Group Runs
~Hillary Maclean and Peter Fain for the Kids’ Races
~Spike Wimmer, our onsite Medic
~Jon Murchinson and Lesley D for our onsite retail store
~Chaz and Abby for food service
and the many other DPMR friends and family that helped with set up, group runs, and the final cleanup (we definitely left the site cleaner than when we arrived). Be sure to put our 2018 event on your calendar!