Anywhoo, dinner was actually really good, the waitress was great, and we hatched plans to track down the 72 mile runners that had just started in South Lake Tahoe at 8pm for the "early" start, in order to cheer them on. However, as we approached the turn back up to the top of Heavenly where our hotel was, we turned left to go to bed early. We were caught by the others as they saw us turn, but it was worth it to get the extra sleep since the start line was 1 hour away on the far side of the lake.
Start line was at a park beach in Tahoe City, with the race starting at 7am. They had a bag piper playing at the start, and we saw the same guy again about 13 miles into the race on a scenic overlook.
The walkers who started 30 minutes before the runners almost needed an alternative start as the sprinklers had turned on throughout the park....luckily they turned off just in time, albeit making for a wet ground start in the grass for all.
|Last minute instructions at the start line, |
note the tree as it was the official start line
As a slight reprieve from the first 2 days, the first 10 miles were mostly flat and mostly had an entire lane of the road closed for the runners. The other days we were primarily on the shoulder of the road and it got close a few times with both cars and bicyclists along the course. We hugged the lake as we headed south and were treated to being able to watch the full sunrise progression.
|Flat at altitude|
|I'm in green, Jennifer in the blue tank|
|Work bag turned crew support bag, like magic!|
|Emerald Bay from HH's crew spot|
|Walking up the 0.5m hill, |
I was a little winded while running
|Finished and in need of some sunglasses.|
|Marathon Maniac Photo|
|Hanging out with GREAT people, one of several reasons why I run|
|HH in his easy to spot shirt he wore to crew|
Day 1 Emerald Bay to Spooner Lake (counter clockwise direction each race)
5:12:04 (11:55 min/mile)
1,700 ft of elevation gain
Day 2 Spooner Lake to Tahoe City
4:47:18 (10:58 min/mile)
1,100 ft of elevation gain
Day 3 Tahoe City to Pope Beach
4:56:07 (11:18 min/mile)
2,700 ft of elevation gain
Next up, Lakefront Marathon, Milwaukee, WI 10/7/12
Repeat state, lifetime marathon or longer #48