|Photo by Jerry Gamez|
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!
|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|