Took 75 pictures on the course of Silver State 50 mile run near Reno, Nevada.
The goal for the day was to run comfortably and don't push the "effort" button at all during the day. Run when it is flat or downhill and hike EVERY uphill section.
10,000 feet of gain. Beautiful day. 83 degrees for a high. Race run on 40 miles of jeep roads, and less than 10 of double track through the ponderosa pine forests. Only three miles of single track, yup that's it, just three. Two major climbs. 25oo foot climb right at the start, 4800-7300 feet. Make another 1000 foot climb at mile 26. Then hit the coveted single track into Boomtown at mile 27. From mile 30 at Boomtown climb from 4700 feet to 8700 feet. 4000 foot climb on road and four "grunts" in 7 miles. Yes, I hiked all of these seven miles!!!
Work your way down to 8000 feet from mile 37 to 42. Mile 42 start some technical downs. Not quite Zane Grey technical but you do need to watch it as you hammer the 3200 foot decend on jeep roads. Let the 4x4, atv's pass, they out weigh you.
No cougars or bears seen this year. Definately not a "snow" year. Jasper Halekus won in 7:49. 2nd Paul Sweeney 8:32. Womens winner Karalee Morris, 9:05. Tina Ure 2nd, 9:17. The legandary Kathy D'Onofrio finished third in 9:40. Scott Dunlap had a very comfortable run and finished 5th in 9:05. Hal Koerner was in the lead when he took a wrong turn and only got credit for a 50k. I do not know the times for the 50k.
This was the 20th year running of Silver State. This will be the last year on this course because the railroad system will not allow the race to cross the tracks getting into Boomtown. So, the course will be moved or altered completely. Possibly moving south near old mining towns or just staying on the south side of Boomtown and winding through those hills.
Don't know when the results will be posted as this is a pretty low key event. Many I ran with during the day are using this as a last tune up before States or Bighorn.
I made a scheduling error when signing up for this earlier in the year. I thought it was three weeks out from Kettle but it is only two. Well, everything was paid for so I went ahead and did it. It might be a mistake for doing so. But if not it is good training for Waldo. Now for some serious tapering and a massage Tuesday.
Olga finished 6th female in 11:16 and had a great run all day. Felt great all day and just enjoyed it. I finished in 10:30. 12th I believe. Tired heavy legs most of the day. Let me think, I live at 180 feet, ran at 7000 most of the day. Maybe a little oxygen to the muscles might help a bit. Would they allow me to carry oxygen? Probably not.
didn't come here for this
Scott Dunlap and Olga at Pre race meeting
On the way up at the start
Start off with a 2500 ft climb in 4 miles
Yea, I have to go up there
(click and mag on picture on this one. that is how far behind i am at the start)
Sage Brush and Aspens at 6000ft
What we ran on for 40 miles
making a turn
oops, not that way
dude in red turned around. Is going to do a 40 mile 50k after making a wrong turn. do the 50 man!
Dawn Inferna-Bean on a small 1000 ft climb at mile 25
the ONLY section of single track. a 3 mile down
FREE SPEED BABY.
That mountain accross the way is where we are headed (Dawn and John Nicolls heading down)
heading up on the 4000 foot climb in 7 miles
still heading up
clumbsy camera work
a little farther
hearty flowers at 7000ft
one of the few patches of snow on this "grunt" at 7500 feet
nice at 8700 feet
you can dip here if you want from snow run-off. at 8600 feet