Fire cancels Rim Trail runs |

Fire cancels Rim Trail runs

Steve Yingling

The Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50 Mile Endurance Runs were canceled on Saturday morning because of the threat of the Waterfall Fire to Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

“Nevada State Park officials called us (on Friday morning) and they did everything they could … the fire behavior that morning was too erratic and was starting to move to the West,” said co-race director David Cotter.

That threat made it too risky to send several hundred runners out on a rugged course facing long stretches of isolation.

“It would have been extremely chaotic and I’d never want to put firefighters in that position to where they would have to worry about us instead of putting the fire out,” Cotter said.

The fire, still burning outside Carson City, is expected to be 100 percent contained by tonight.

Because race participants were required to pay their entry fees in advance, they were given a couple of reimbursement options. They can roll over their registration in 2005 or 2006 or contribute that money to the victim relief fund in Carson City.

“Everybody who came was very, very pleased with that,” Cotter said.

Entrants, though, did get to use their running shoes on Saturday. A fun trail run took place south of the fire from Spooner Summit toward Kingsbury Grade.

“Some even went to Star Lake and back,” said Cotter, who estimated runners covered 18 to 50 miles. “A lot of these people were not only planning to run this event, but it was their last long training run before the Leadville 100. They were really excited to do something.”

Bruso sharp in Stockton

Former South Tahoe High pitcher Greg Bruso of the High Desert Mavericks pitched five strong innings Saturday in Stockton but again left without a decision.

Bruso only allowed two hits and one run before leaving with a 3-1 lead. But two High Desert relievers gave up 10 runs in three innings as the Mavericks lost 11-3.

Bruso is 0-1 in three appearances since returning from a shoulder injury.

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