Friday, May 10, 2013

Something Fun about this Kind of Crazy

Photo by Jerry Gamez
CHIRICO TENPEAT on TIGER MOUNTAIN
Just the week before Issy Alps I had the pleasure and pain of joining the Seattle Mountain Running Group (SMRG) for a really, reaaaalllly long hill repeat "Race Director Challenge."  Actually, it was open to all runners, not just race directors, who were willing to do 10 repeats of the Chirico Trail: 3.5 miles (out and back) with 1,700 feet of climbing.  It just so happened that the top 4 of us battling it out for the coveted Tiger Hat were all race directors.  The Tiger Hat is a new tradition that the winner gets to wear.  The winner being the first person to complete all ten repeats (it's on Tiger Mountain, hence the Tiger hat) for a total of 17,000 feet of climbing in 34 miles.  Roger Michel won in a blazing 9:21, followed by Kevin Douglas in 9:40, then me in 9:47 and then James in 9:53.  There were a total of 6 finishers of the 10 repeats with 20+ people coming out to do at least one repeat and keep us company!
From James, last year's winner, and only finisher (on the Tiger Hat): 
as tradition dictates: the first runner to start their 10th repeat must do so wearing the chirico tiger hat. if that runner is caught and passed by another runner on their last repeat they must hand over the tiger. the winner must then take care of the tiger for the entire year until the next chirico tenpeat at which time they will wear the hat for the first repeat and then leave the hat at the aid station for the remainder of the day.
as tradition dictates: the first runner to start their 10th repeat must do so wearing the chirico tiger hat. if that runner is caught and passed by another runner on their last repeat they must hand over the tiger. the winner must then take care of the tiger for the entire year until the next chirico tenpeat at which time they will wear the hat for the first repeat and then leave the hat at the aid station for the remainder of the day.
This year's Chirico starters

One of the few flat sections on the Chirico Repeats. Photo by Jerry Gamez
It was great having aid every 3.5 miles, Chirico Repeats

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