Once again, board member Chris Cloyd laid out a beautiful, fun, adventurous course for the DPMR pub run on Sunday, October 23. Starting at a cold Meek’s Bay trailhead at 8am with a rousing beer toast, a group of hardy runners took off up the trail on their way to Olympic Valley, with a halfway stop at Barker Pass.
While the chill was in the 20s, the highlight of the morning on the first half of the course beyond the excellent camaraderie was running through the first snow of the year – about an inch of delightful fresh powder!
The first half runners came into Barker Pass to an amazingly wonderful and delicious surprise – an impromptu aid station of blueberry pancakes, bacon, and whiskey! Massive thank yous to the spontaneity, high energy, and generosity of Jay and KelleyAnn, with an assist from Steve Woo!
Some runners called it as day with the first half of the course under their belts, while others continued to complete the full route + a few new additions for the second half. While the first half provided in excellent snowy, forested single track, the second half of the course dished up epic views and rocky volcanic ridge line sweetness.
The runners didn’t see nearly as much snow on the second half (sun and temps finally gave way) until the north-facing decent into Olympic Valley.
The run ended with food, refreshments, and regaling in another fantastic course at the Auld Dubliner in OV. Thanks to everyone who came out to run with us, and to all the helping hands before, along the way, and afterwards – cheers to another excellent pub run on our the Truckee-Tahoe trails!