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Fire jeopardizes Tahoe Rim Trail Run

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

The Waterfall fire, northeast of the Lake Tahoe Basin, is threatening to cancel the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50-Mile Endurance Runs on Saturday in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

Although the fire hasn’t entered the 14,000-ace park, the Nevada Division of State Parks was advised to order an evacuation of the park on Thursday afternoon.

“Our plans are changing by the minute as the fire is changing,” said co-race director Kevin Bigley. “We’re working out a safe alternative route for at least the 50K race, but we won’t really know anything until we know which way the fire is going.”

An alternative route for the 50K race north of Spooner State Park was being considered but Bigley didn’t seem to optimistic. Race officials submitted a proposal to the Incline Village General Improvement District and Diamond Peak Ski Area for use of their facilities, but “we realize we’re asking a lot from organizations already impacted by the fire,” Bigley said.

“Our ultimate concern is people’s safety,” Bigley said. “If it looks like we can pull it off without endangering anybody, we’ll go on with it, but if not, the race will be called.”

In the latter scenario, Bigley said runners will be offered the option of returning to race in 2005 or 2006 without charge.

There is little chance the race will be postponed to a later date.

“It is very difficult to do as far as regrouping volunteers and (runners) are travelling in from 30 different states,” Bigley said.

The course route dips as low as 6,800 feet at Red House Loop and climbs as high as the 9,214-foot Snow Valley Peak Aid Station. The route also passes by Marlette Lake, Hobart Road aid station, Marlette Peak, Harlan Peak, Twin Lakes, Tunnel Creek and the Mount Rose trail head.

Participants are advised to check the race Web site – tahoemtnmilers.org – or phone co-race director David Cotter at (530) 545-0045 or Fleet Feet Sports at (775) 883-3361.

“We’ll have a better idea (Friday) morning,” Bigley said.

check on website, should be updated now … tomorrow mornign soon know word

also call david Cotter’s … cell phone

alterative what fire does tonight, better idea tomorrow morning ..

The first 4 miles of our event is on dirt roads with an elevation gain of approximately 1,500 feet, followed by a 1/2 mile downhill section to Marlette Lake.

From Marlette Lake (7823 feet) you’ll continue to climb on dirt roads to the Hobart Road aid station at 8120 feet.

After leaving the Hobart Road aid station the course climbs past Marlette Peak and Harlan Peak before descending to the aid station at Tunnel Creek Road near the junction of the Tahoe Rim Trail at Twin Lakes.

From the junction of Tunnel Creek Road at Twin Lakes both courses will make an approximate 6.3-mile loop to Red House and back (with a significant climb near the end of the loop). Upon returning to the Tunnel Creek aid station the 50M course will travel approximately 9-miles north along single track on an out-and-back section of the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Mount Rose Trail Head near Ophir Creek. This out-and-back is mostly rolling with breath-taking views of both Lake Tahoe and the Washoe Valley. The average elevation is between 8000 and 8500 feet. When the 50-milers return, they will reconnect with the 50K course at Tunnel Creek.

From the Tunnel Creek aid station, both courses will follow the Tahoe Rim Trail south towards the Spooner Summit trailhead passing both Marlette Peak and Snow Valley Peak (and visiting both the Hobart Road and Snow Valley Peak aid stations). From the Snow Valley Peak aid station the course will make a final downhill, about 5.4 miles, before reaching the trailhead at Highway 50 and connecting with the Spooner Lake trail for the final 1.7 miles to the finish.

What concerns do you have about smoke?

All of the Lake Tahoe entertainment is at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course this weekend, right?

Don’t tell that to several hundred runners who will tackle the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50 Mile Endurance Runs on Saturday at Spooner Lake State Park.

The event also doubles as the first-ever Road Runners Club of America National Trail 50K/50M Championships.

Will start at 6 a.m. but a 5 a.m. early start is optional if runners are worried about making cutoff times.

Both courses are on predominately single track trail but each have approximately 10 miles on dirt roads.

The start/finish at Spooner Lake State Park is at 7000 feet. The low point in the event is at the bottom of the Red House Loop at approximately 6800 feet. The highest point in the course is at the Snow Valley Peak Aid Station. The elevation of Snow Valley Peak is 9214 feet.

No qualification times are necessary for entry into the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M event. Our 50-mile event is a Western States 100 qualifier!

Finisher awards are too good to be true. We’ll once again provide special division and finisher awards unique to the TRT 50K/50M event.

The top three overall and masters finishers for each distance (both men and women) will also receive RRCA National Championship Awards.

COURSE RECORDS

50K

50M

4:54:00 (’01) John Hancock, 37 (M)

8:06:50 (’01) David Melkonian, 27 (M)

5:22:03 (’01) Mary Coordt, 32 (F)

9:28:18 (’02) Deborah Askew, 44 (F)

Our event cut-off times have been developed in order to maximize running time but provide for runner safety first! These times help insure that no runners remain on the racecourse after dark. The cut-off times are as follows:

1. Mt Rose Aid Station (50M only) is 1:25 PM.

2. Tunnel Creek Aid Station (final visit) is 3:40 PM.

3. Hobart Road Aid Station (final visit) is 5:00 PM.

4. Snow Valley Peak Aid Station is 6:05 PM.

The net proceeds from this event will again benefit the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks trail maintenance programs. We are very pleased that we have been able to donate nearly $10,000 to each from the proceeds from the first three years of the TRT 50K/50M Endurance Runs.

in my ultra running adventures, I consider this 50K the hardest but the most beeeeyoutooofull trail run I’ve ever done.”

— Jim Kirby, Arizona —

Of note, you may be interested in that Paul Sweeney (Tahoe City; last year’s TRT 50-mile winner and last weekend’s Hardrock 100 winner) will be returning. Additionally, Deborah Askew (Auburn), the women’s 50-mile course record holder will also be competing. At last contact, Luanne Park (Redding), second women overall in this year’s Western State 100 will be running the 50K. And Po Adams, who turned 80 on the 4th of July, will be running the 50K for the fourth year in a row. Po (Carmichael) is not only the oldest person to have completed the TRT 50K but is also the oldest women in the world to have summitted Kilimanjaro.

David Cotter

Co-Race Director

Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M Endurance Runs

(530) 542-3424

(530) 545-0045 (cell)

Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50 Miler: A glimpse of heaven, a taste of hell.

MASSAGE THERAPISTS AVAILABLE POST RACE! The massage therapist trainees from Baum Healing Arts will be with us again this year post race at Stonehenge to help speed up your recovery. Although they do not charge for their services, tips are highly encouraged.

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June 1, 2004

Road Runners Club of America Trail 50K and 50M National Championships

limited to 350 competitors for both events.

2004 TAHOE RIM TRAIL

50K/50M ENDURANCE RUNS TRAINING RUNS

To all of our Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M entrants and anyone interested in joining use for a beautiful training run at Lake Tahoe;

We’re pleased to announce that we will again host two Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M training runs this year. They will be held on June 13th and June 27th (Sundays). On both dates we will initially meet at the Tahoe Rim Trail trailhead at Spooner Summit (north side of Highway 50) by no later than 8 a.m. On June 13th we’ll shuttle to the Mount Rose highway for the beginning of the run (finishing back at Spooner Summit). The distance of this run is approximately 20 miles. On June 27th we’ll start and finish at Spooner Summit, for a total distance of about 25 miles. Both of the training runs are FREE but we encourage those who plan to attend to let us know in advance, if possible, so we can make sure to have enough aid, food and beverage for all of our guests. We look forward to hosting you again this year.

Comments from last year’s run:

I want to congratulate Dave Cotter, and the entire staff that put together Tahoe Rim Trail 50/50. It is rare that a first time event achieves such a great level of coordination. I don’t think that any participant could have asked for anything more – you guys had it all. Because we went through all this with Run on the Sly, I know what it takes. Thanks again for the most beautiful ultra race I have ever participated in, and I’ve done a pretty fair number of them…

– Margie Lopez Read –

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Thank you for a great run. It was really tough but extremely beautiful and I will tell all my friends about it. It is definitely a run I will never forget!! Thanks to all the great volunteers – they were fabulous! Food was great, trail was well marked, and the scenery outstanding. Thank you for telling me to take my camera!

Thanks again for a great run,

– Margery Peterson –

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My husband and I completed the 50 mile Tahoe run yesterday and just wanted to thank you and all of the volunteers for a memorable day. Your race was well organized, fully staffed with the most helpful crew anyone could hope for, well marked, beautiful terrain, great food, best event to keep on our calendar until (as one aid station volunteer put it….) we die. Please pass our appreciation on to all who made this happen for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best Regards,

– Sue and Eddie Freyer –

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I can’t even begin to describe how great the Tahoe Rim Trail 50/50 was. It has everything any ultrarunner could dream of; great location (Lake Tahoe) and staging area (Spooner Lake State Park), unbelievably scenic, enough altitude (avg of 8000′; high 9200′), climbing and rocks to separate the big dogs from the wanabes but not enough to deter determined BOP’ers, large % of course is on single-track trail (the rest is fire road), predictably perfect weather and great timing (July when there is a dearth of races in CA).

But perhaps most impressive of all is the perfection of the organization of this first time race. The Tahoe Mountain Milers and RD David Cotter put on a classic example of how a race should be done; outstanding and plentiful trail markings, great aid stations manned by plenty of enthusiastic and helpful volunteers and well stocked with almost anything one could want, excellent post race food (homemade, make ’em yourself burritos with ALL the fixings) and unique finisher awards.

Everyone I talked to after the race agreed that this was by far the toughest, most awesome 50M they had ever done in CA/NV. I predict that when the word gets out how good the race is, it will soon become one of the premier 50s in not just CA or NV but the entire country.

– Jim Winne –

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I enjoyed the 50K race very much. It was well worth the trip from New Jersey and I will recommend it to others. I really had no complaints, whatsoever. The course was very nice, with beautiful views, and it had the combination of hills and altitude that I was looking for. The aid stations were especially well run, with sufficient supplies of the items that I need. The volunteers were all very helpful. I especially enjoyed the post-race meal. The non-fat soy milk, white meat chicken and rice that I ate immediately after the race, aided in my quick recovery (I am ready for the 6 hour run that I have entered this Sunday). Thanks again for having such a well-organized event. If my schedule permits, then I will be back next year.

– Eliot –

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Hey there, guy. What a race!!! Loved it. Can I come back next year??? You guys did a magnificent job in every respect. Your aid station people were a real blessing. Take care.

– Debi Neumann –

50K results from last year:

Tahoe Rim Trail 50K Results – July 19, 2003 Place Name Home Town Sex Age Bib# Time 1 Leffert, Matt San Francisco, CA M 32 172 5:04:48.00 2 Wilcox, Alex Henderson, NV M 18 100 5:10:59.00 3 Luberecki, Chris Tahoe City, CA M 36 3 5:11:52.00 4 Ussery, Randall Truckee, CA M 28 137 5:24:04.00 5 Terry, David Portland, OR M 41 141 5:26:47.00 6 Roark, Steve Carson City, NV M 35 24 5:33:50.00 7 Shackelton, Laura Reno, NV F 22 90 5:35:06.00 8 Ostezan, John Reno, NV M 39 105 5:43:35.00 9 Backus, Brent Foresthill, CA M 46 154 5:44:49.00 10 Bloomquist, Derek Reno, NV M 33 115 5:47:13.00 11 Rambach, Whit Los Gatos, CA M 36 180 5:51:36.00 12 Ewart, Brett Sacramento, CA M 32 120 5:54:28.00 13 Anderson, Judy Carnelian Bay, CA F 38 177 5:55:26.00 14 Ure, Tina Mt. Shasta, CA F 43 68 6:03:09.00 15 Pfeifer, Jen Folsom, CA F 31 169 6:03:25.00 16 Kaczmarek, Damian Stateline, NV M 23 175 6:03:25.00 17 Elliott, Gerell Sacramento, CA M 33 202 6:10:19.00 18 Taylor, Jackie Stateline, NV F 47 178 6:10:35.00 19 Scheib, Wanda Lenexa, KS F 40 168 6:16:45.00 20 Nelson, Jim Gardnerville, NV M 36 113 6:18:37.00

Tahoe Rim Trail 50M Results – July 19, 2003 Place Name Home Town Sex Age Bib# Time 1 Sweeney, Paul Tahoe City, CA M 37 421 8:30:49.00 2 Duarte, Chase Tucson, AZ M 36 382 9:02:55.00 3 Miller, Mike Sonora, CA M 47 333 9:17:48.00 4 Finkbeiner, Bill Auburn, CA M 47 302 9:23:37.00 5 McKenzie, Yates Mill Valley, CA M 32 348 9:35:33.00 6 Grossman, Zachary Albany, CA M 26 380 9:36:33.00 7 Marshall, John Mill Valley, CA M 34 349 9:47:09.00 8 Heller, Edwin Albuquerque, NM M 41 339 9:50:22.00 9 Marcroft, Kitty Halley, ID F 41 315 9:50:44.00 10 Vincent, Charlie Salt Lake City, UT M 42 389 9:53:48.00 11 Kingsland, Jeff Quincy, CA M 37 406 10:13:47.00 12 White, Trevor Santa Rosa, CA M 34 366 10:17:07.00 13 Askew, Deborah Colfax, CA F 45 301 10:17:55.00 14 Patterson, Brandon Cumming, GA M 35 393 10:22:48.00 15 Ridgway, Diane Arvada, CO F 54 343 10:25:09.00 16 Zobel, John Seattle, WA M 42 330 10:33:10.00 17 Reily, David Colorado Springs, CO M 50 342 10:36:40.00 18 Ruiz, George Carson City, NV M 46 347 10:46:57.00 19 Hannemann, Moroni San Fernando, CA M 38 414 10:51:28.00 20 Klingler, Ceal Bishop, CA F 33 361 11:02:31.00 21 Chase, Rayni Bishop, CA F 30 403 11:02:31.00 22 Twidwell, Kevin Missoula, MT M 39 324 11:10:01.00 23 Levit, Stu Bozeman, MT M 40 323 11:10:02.00 24 O’Neil, Jimmie L Reno, NV M 33 313 11:10:52.00 25 Sprague, Nick Bishop, CA M 37 384 11:21:05.00 26 Fairbank, Chet Reno, NV M 30 310 11:29:14.00 27 Lees, Lorraine Kelowna, Canada F 44 345 11:30:47.00 28 Loomis, Timothy Fresno, CA M 35 340 11:30:49.00 29 Bowman, Mark Mokena, IL M 48 326 11:31:34.00 30 Ankenby, Bobb Placerville, CA M 50 365 11:34:22.00 31 Clarke, Willie La Mesa, CA M 60 364 11:35:50.00 32 Kreb, Kim Manitou Springs, CO F 34 319 11:40:17.00 33 Gallagher, Tommy Reno, NV M 46 415 11:41:27.00 34 Varga, Milan Reno, NV M 58 376 11:43:08.00 35 Mork, Joanie Auburn, CA F 49 327 11:46:52.00 36 Sorensen, Lorraine Capitola, CA F 53 408 11:49:18.00 37 Hull, Helen Sacramento, CA F 44 394 11:49:18.00 38 Neadeau, Kevin San Carlos, CA M 32 337 11:50:13.00 39 Kronkhyte, Robert Tahoe City, CA M 47 385 11:52:53.00 40 Fisher, Barry Fair Oaks, CA M 58 397 11:54:34.00 41 Stotts, John Santa Clara, CA M 56 383 11:57:05.00 42 Nageotte, Ron Stateline, NV M 53 379 11:57:08.00 43 Ford, Colleen Salt Lake City, UT F 41 306 11:59:18.00 44 Justice, Jamie Boulder, CO F 23 390 12:01:05.00 45 Kajiwara, Eric Ridgecrest, CA M 56 386 12:01:54.00 46 Watts, Matthew Broomfield, CO M 46 417 12:07:42.00 47 Vavrin, Michael Huntington Beach, CA M 30 413 12:17:20.00 48 Gnass, Jan Bishop, CA M 53 416 12:20:04.00 49 Spencer, Steph Bear Valley, CA F 36 316 12:20:04.00 50 Hall, Pam Las Vegas, NV F 45 328 12:36:17.00 51 Allen, Lisa Peyton, CO F 39 358 12:43:57.00 52 Cline, Doug Huntington Beach, CA M 43 409 12:51:19.00 53 Muller, Chris Cerritos, CA M 33 378 12:56:19.00 54 Pelsor, Tom Trail, OR M 58 372 12:59:22.00 55 Wholey, Jim Saratogo, CA m 56 370 13:01:46.00 56 George, Rick Chicago, IL M 45 357 13:13:32.00 57 Murdach, Charlie San Francisco, CA M 34 341 13:13:32.00 58 Gardiner, Devin Morgan, UT M 25 399 13:16:02.00 59 Angeles, Carmelita Montrose, CO F 30 332 13:17:31.00 60 Lyonsmith, Katie Boise, ID F 36 400 13:26:02.00 61 Kratochvil, Chuck Woodland, CA M 50 367 13:36:33.00 62 O’Neil, Jim Billings, MT M 54 305 13:41:16.00 63 Manscill, Craig Orem, UT M 50 331 13:42:07.00 64 Dummar, Fred Fayetteville, NC M 34 418 13:44:27.00 65 Metcalfe, Mark El Cerrito, CA M 34 375 13:55:44.00 66 Orton, Malcolm Frisco, CO M 53 401 14:10:01.00 67 Nedervold, Eric Mountain View, CA M 42 368 14:13:41.00 68 Jensen, Roger Rancho Cordova, CA M 43 373 14:15:41.00 69 O’Grady, Janice Los Gatos, CA F 54 356 14:28:51.00Tahoe Rim Trail 50M Results – July 19, 2003 Place Name Home Town Sex Age Bib# Time 1 Sweeney, Paul Tahoe City, CA M 37 421 8:30:49.00 2 Duarte, Chase Tucson, AZ M 36 382 9:02:55.00 3 Miller, Mike Sonora, CA M 47 333 9:17:48.00 4 Finkbeiner, Bill Auburn, CA M 47 302 9:23:37.00 5 McKenzie, Yates Mill Valley, CA M 32 348 9:35:33.00 6 Grossman, Zachary Albany, CA M 26 380 9:36:33.00 7 Marshall, John Mill Valley, CA M 34 349 9:47:09.00 8 Heller, Edwin Albuquerque, NM M 41 339 9:50:22.00 9 Marcroft, Kitty Halley, ID F 41 315 9:50:44.00 10 Vincent, Charlie Salt Lake City, UT M 42 389 9:53:48.00 11 Kingsland, Jeff Quincy, CA M 37 406 10:13:47.00 12 White, Trevor Santa Rosa, CA M 34 366 10:17:07.00 13 Askew, Deborah Colfax, CA F 45 301 10:17:55.00 14 Patterson, Brandon Cumming, GA M 35 393 10:22:48.00 15 Ridgway, Diane Arvada, CO F 54 343 10:25:09.00 16 Zobel, John Seattle, WA M 42 330 10:33:10.00 17 Reily, David Colorado Springs, CO M 50 342 10:36:40.00 18 Ruiz, George Carson City, NV M 46 347 10:46:57.00 19 Hannemann, Moroni San Fernando, CA M 38 414 10:51:28.00 20 Klingler, Ceal Bishop, CA F 33 361 11:02:31.00 21 Chase, Rayni Bishop, CA F 30 403 11:02:31.00 22 Twidwell, Kevin Missoula, MT M 39 324 11:10:01.00 23 Levit, Stu Bozeman, MT M 40 323 11:10:02.00 24 O’Neil, Jimmie L Reno, NV M 33 313 11:10:52.00 25 Sprague, Nick Bishop, CA M 37 384 11:21:05.00 26 Fairbank, Chet Reno, NV M 30 310 11:29:14.00 27 Lees, Lorraine Kelowna, Canada F 44 345 11:30:47.00 28 Loomis, Timothy Fresno, CA M 35 340 11:30:49.00 29 Bowman, Mark Mokena, IL M 48 326 11:31:34.00 30 Ankenby, Bobb Placerville, CA M 50 365 11:34:22.00 31 Clarke, Willie La Mesa, CA M 60 364 11:35:50.00 32 Kreb, Kim Manitou Springs, CO F 34 319 11:40:17.00 33 Gallagher, Tommy Reno, NV M 46 415 11:41:27.00 34 Varga, Milan Reno, NV M 58 376 11:43:08.00 35 Mork, Joanie Auburn, CA F 49 327 11:46:52.00 36 Sorensen, Lorraine Capitola, CA F 53 408 11:49:18.00 37 Hull, Helen Sacramento, CA F 44 394 11:49:18.00 38 Neadeau, Kevin San Carlos, CA M 32 337 11:50:13.00 39 Kronkhyte, Robert Tahoe City, CA M 47 385 11:52:53.00 40 Fisher, Barry Fair Oaks, CA M 58 397 11:54:34.00 41 Stotts, John Santa Clara, CA M 56 383 11:57:05.00 42 Nageotte, Ron Stateline, NV M 53 379 11:57:08.00 43 Ford, Colleen Salt Lake City, UT F 41 306 11:59:18.00 44 Justice, Jamie Boulder, CO F 23 390 12:01:05.00 45 Kajiwara, Eric Ridgecrest, CA M 56 386 12:01:54.00 46 Watts, Matthew Broomfield, CO M 46 417 12:07:42.00 47 Vavrin, Michael Huntington Beach, CA M 30 413 12:17:20.00 48 Gnass, Jan Bishop, CA M 53 416 12:20:04.00 49 Spencer, Steph Bear Valley, CA F 36 316 12:20:04.00 50 Hall, Pam Las Vegas, NV F 45 328 12:36:17.00 51 Allen, Lisa Peyton, CO F 39 358 12:43:57.00 52 Cline, Doug Huntington Beach, CA M 43 409 12:51:19.00 53 Muller, Chris Cerritos, CA M 33 378 12:56:19.00 54 Pelsor, Tom Trail, OR M 58 372 12:59:22.00 55 Wholey, Jim Saratogo, CA m 56 370 13:01:46.00 56 George, Rick Chicago, IL M 45 357 13:13:32.00 57 Murdach, Charlie San Francisco, CA M 34 341 13:13:32.00 58 Gardiner, Devin Morgan, UT M 25 399 13:16:02.00 59 Angeles, Carmelita Montrose, CO F 30 332 13:17:31.00 60 Lyonsmith, Katie Boise, ID F 36 400 13:26:02.00 61 Kratochvil, Chuck Woodland, CA M 50 367 13:36:33.00 62 O’Neil, Jim Billings, MT M 54 305 13:41:16.00 63 Manscill, Craig Orem, UT M 50 331 13:42:07.00 64 Dummar, Fred Fayetteville, NC M 34 418 13:44:27.00 65 Metcalfe, Mark El Cerrito, CA M 34 375 13:55:44.00 66 Orton, Malcolm Frisco, CO M 53 401 14:10:01.00 67 Nedervold, Eric Mountain View, CA M 42 368 14:13:41.00 68 Jensen, Roger Rancho Cordova, CA M 43 373 14:15:41.00 69 O’Grady, Janice Los Gatos, CA F 54 356 14:28:51.00


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