Category Ultra Running at Deb Peter – Auburn-Cool Real Estate
On December 8th 2012, 398 entries were chosen by lottery for the 40th Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run on June 29th and 30th. Cool resident, Jeremy Meyers was one of those selected. Jeremy was also picked to compete with nearly 20 other Cool runners for the 17th annual Way Too Cool 50K Run. Keeping him company will be Paul Amaral, William Drescher, Kirk Edgerton, Dustin & Michaella Burgess, Diana Lundy, James Anderson, Shauna Shultz, Richard Grimm, Herb Tanimoto, Chris Conwell, Randall Harris, Frank Lieberman, Marcia & Jimmy Kroefsky, Heather Hunter, Douglas Straight and Rich Blair.
Congratulations to David Schurr and Allyson Thomas Conwell, both from Cool, for finishing this year’s Western States 100 Mile Run on June 25th – 26th! 310 Runners out of 375 starters completed this year’s race. Runners experienced more moderate temperatures than past years, but were challenged by residual snow conditions along high country trails. If you have ever wanted to experience what these runners endure in the first few miles of the Race, participate in the 31st Annual Squaw Valley Run on August 6th.
Fifteen Divide Runners out of a field of 571 participants completed this year’s Way Too Cool 50K Run. Congratulations to: Adam Nattrass, James Anderson, Bettie Smith, Chris Conwell, Beate Anderson, Diana Lundy, Steve Natzel, Donald Wilkison, Marcia Kreofsky, William Drescher, Michele Cullenward, Frank Lieberman, Jimmy Kreofsky, Richard Valentine, and Kathy Young. Happy runners experienced near perfect weather conditions devoid of multiple high-water stream crossings during this very popular Run.
Thanks to Auburn Lake Trails and Ride Manager, Linda Shaw, for hosting another fun community event – the Coolest Run and Ride & Tie (September 18th). It is events like this that remind local residents how fortunate we are to live here, and expose newcomers to our lifestyle. We are a diverse population with diverse interests. On any given day, without traveling very far, we can participate in golf, swimming, hiking, trail running, trail horseback riding, road cycling, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, and jeeping. In the book The Seasoned Traveler, they delineate that baby boomers no longer want to sit idle when they travel; they want to travel to and reside in places that provide activity. We are and can be one of these sought after destinations. As one of the volunteers, I saw the joy in the participant’s faces and was once again reminded of why we live here. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.
This year, the Coolest Run and Ride & Tie (www.rideandtie.org) will offer 27 – 17 – 10 – 5 Mile Runs and Ride & Tie events located in Auburn Lake Trails. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the benefits of living in the community, and have a whole lot of fun. The Ride and Tie events involve teams made up of 2 people and 1 horse. Each team must switch runner to rider and rider to runner a minimum of 6 times during the race, and every event must include at least 1 Vet check to insure the horse is fit to continue. To register for this September 18th event, contact Frank or Linda at 886-0890 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download a flyer from the Ride and Tie website.
Qualified runners have an opportunity to run 50 miles of the “challenging and scenic” Western States Trail at this year’s Wildest Run in the West 100K, which starts in Soda Springs and finishes in Foresthill. Shuttles deliver you from Foresthill to the start. The same event also offers 10K and 13.1 Mile Runs. Register at www.wildestrun.com.
At 5 a.m. on June 26th, Beate Anderson and 460 other runners (as of May 15th) will leave Squaw Valley and head for Auburn, during the 37th Annual Western States 100 Mile Run. To qualify for a finish and an award, she’ll have to complete her run by 11a.m. Sunday morning. Not only will she be competing against other runners, she’ll be challenged by snow, a river crossing, heat, and altitude. Over the course of the event, Beate will traverse 40,000 feet of elevation change. Interested in supporting a local runner? Look for her at the finish line in Auburn at the Placer High School Stadium.
My story is that of a 1st time “Ultra” competitor. On December 21st, my name was drawn from the 2010 lottery. It was only then, that I dedicated nights and Sundays to train. Were it not for a husband’s support, years of training for endurance events on horseback, a track and field background, and support from a host of volunteers, a completion would not have been possible.
Years of crewing and preparing for other events taught me to relax tension to limit muscle soreness, eat whatever I could consume, and drink sufficient quantities of water and electrolytes. If I could limit time at aid stations and keep moving, I might just finish. It was 8 hours 7 minutes from start to finish. The completion was not just the culmination of weeks of training, it was an adventure shared with world class athletes, a personal challenge for young and old, and a return to living for competitors recently overcoming serious illness. We were family, sharing a love of nature, physical challenges we could each understand, and mental toughness summoned for this special day.
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