So What's a Little Snow?
18, 2004 - A mere 4 inches of snow fell overnight. It wouldn't be
the the Tradition Run without snow and this certainly wasn't enough
to stop over 150 runners from tackling this uphill run for the 35th
year. This is the Bernie Jurale Memorial run as Bernie began
the tradition in 1970 by running to the top of West Peak in Meriden,
Connecticut, on his 70th birthday.
starting line in Hubbard Park was well-cushioned with snow, looking
arctic, as usual. Believe me, these runners haven't seen anything
officials and photographers man the four wheel drive trucks to lead
the way to the top of the mountain. The snow continues to fall...
are off...and it is up! You don't have to wait long to test those
quads at the Tradition Run. The first hill is short and sweet, just
a prelude to the drama that awaits. Welcome to New England, sled
dogs appear to provide an advantage...
course is predominately flat for the first mile and the view of
the reservoir is stark white pristine snow.
2 two begins with a small hill. What's your traction strategy? Do
you run in the footsteps of the other runners hoping to find decent
footing? Or do you run on virgin snow, expecting solid traction?
Either way you have to bear down...
the hill you cross the dam and head for the major, interminable
upgrade. Does the snow look like its getting deeper to you?
end of mile two and you are in the middle of the grind. This hill
just keeps climbing, you need a truck just to provide the split
finish line at Castle Craig, a classic winter scene.
Join us on January 23, 2005 for the 36th running!