A Monster Miwok 100K - Page 3
Jimmy Dean Freeman of Los Angeles, who finished 24th in 11:18, was one of several runners who said the double return to Stinson Beach—first at the marathon point, then at the finish—contributed to the new course difficulty. “We had steep climbs and descents four times, and you can’t run super fast on a really technical downhill. … I was an hour and a half slower than last year.” But, he adds, he liked the new course and “absolutely” thinks it should stay.
Race director Tia Bodington says she changed the course for two main reasons: one, because officials with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area asked her not to use the former start/finish area at Rodeo Beach due to wetland restoration; and two, because state park regulations no longer allow runners to cross the highway near the former aid station at Pantoll campground. Eliminating that stretch near Pantoll necessitated having runners run back down to Stinson, Bodington says.
“Most runners crossed the finish line saying, ‘Wow, that was hard, but I had a great time and that was a great course,’” says Bodington. “I kept thinking people would come across the line complaining, but they were really happy they had met the challenge.”
The perfect weather and panoramic views probably lifted moods. Temperatures reached the 70s in a dazzling clear sky, and a full moon started and finished the day. Well-stocked aid stations and the support of some 120 volunteers also kept the day running smoothly.
“In hindsight, I loved it,” Mackey says of the new course and the day in general. “As long as I have the mindset I’ll have 13,000 feet to climb instead of 10,000 or 11,000, I’ll be a little more prepared for it.”
Registration for the 2013 Miwok 100K opens in late November and will be through lottery since roughly twice as many runners seek to enter than permitted spaces available. Website: http://www.run100s.com/miwok/
Sarah Lavender Smith is a Bay Area writer who blogs about trail running and travel at TheRunnersTrip.com. She finished her first Miwok 100K last Saturday placing 19th female in 13:08.
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