Runners prepare for heat in TRT Endurance Runs
At least Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs entrants can take encouragement from the 73 runners who finished the Badwater Ultramarathon Run from Death Valley to Mount Whitney earlier this week.
Even though temperatures should not reach triple digits like they did in Death Valley, runners and race officials are expecting the warmest day of the summer when the 100-mile, 50-mile and 50-kilometer races unfold Saturday and Sunday at Spooner Lake State Park.
Runners may have to deal with temperatures 20 degrees warmer than a year ago and a more difficult course, according to some entrants.
“It’s good timing to run an ultra on the hottest day of the year,” said South Shore’s Ron Nageotte, who is entered in the 50-miler. “The heat really takes it out of you. It’s important to stay well-hydrated.
Nageotte planned to spend Friday hydrating to prevent any problems on Saturday.
“There’s probably going to be a higher percent of dropouts than usual,” Nageotte said. “You really have to take in the liquids and the electrolytes.”
Nageotte will have some local company in the 50-miler as South Lake Tahoe’s Caroline Barichieveich is entered as well as former local resident Marty Coffee, who now lives in Phoenix.
Heat won’t pose a problem at the start as 100-mile entrants will leave Spooner State Park at 5 a.m. and 50K and 50-milers depart at 6 p.m.
The high-elevation courses will take runners through forest trails and dirt roads. Climbing as high as 9,214 feet at Snow Valley Peak will provide the runners with spectacular views, and the low point of the course – the Red House Loop at 6,800 feet – will make the participants wish they had gone to the American Century Championship in Stateline.
“It really is a glimpse of heaven and a taste of hell – the race motto,” Nageotte said. “There will be some wonderful views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake at once, then running another 100 yards and being able to see the Washoe Valley and Washoe Lake.”
Nageotte’s wife, Carol, will volunteer in the 50-mile aid station, which is the finishing point for the 50-milers and the halfway point for the 100-milers. Carol ran in the first TRT 50-miler and is a former aid station captain at Tunnel Creek.
“There is going to be medical aid at Spooner Lake for them,” Carol said. “There will be an ambulance and IVs ready.”
If a runner receives an IV, they will be pulled from the race. Runners in the 100-mile event have 35 hours to complete the race, while 50-mile participants must finish in 16 hours, 29 minutes and 50K competitors in 14 hours.
“You cross the finish line doing something like that, it’s a wonderful feeling you can’t describe,” Nageotte said. “I can’t wait to get that feeling again.”
People can follow their favorite runner’s progress via a Web Cast at trtlive.com.
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