In usual Candice/James fashion, with about a minute to go and standing on a forest service road, Candice said, "Just imagine there's a line here!" Surprisingly, though, I didn't see anyone go at 10k pace.
A group of 10 went out front on the first mile of road leading to the first climb, and I settled into the back of the group behind the leaders, probably in about 20th. Cle Elum is almost all climbing for the first 18 miles and descent for the last 15 (Candice measured the course the day before at 33 miles; I got 32).
|Cle Elum Ridge 50k|
Splashing through the creek crossing around mile 21:
|Pretty ugly face. Glenn Tachiyama photo.|
|Nice shot Glenn Tachiyama!|
I picked it up on the last couple of miles and gained some time back.
Finished in 5:49:22 (full results).
|Not a super-competitive race = 9th place overall, 20-29 age group winner.|
Nice finish line food, beer and live music from The Pine Hearts ended a fine late-summer (OK, OK, early-fall) afternoon. The race was fun, but the dirtbikes on course made it a little weird (they DID NOT yield as they had at Angel's Staircase) and it's sad to see the trails so torn up. Of course, runners and hikers are only one user group...
This was my third Candice-and-James event, and I've had a great time at every one; thanks you two! Thanks to all the volunteers who were out there as well.
And now, for the first time in over a year, I'm not registered for a single race.