The Calm before the
15, 2006 - The Saturday before the race had been a rainy, but very
balmy 57 degrees, global warming was in full bloom...Uh, little
did we know winter would dig into it's bag of tricks...
cold front moved in overnight, the temperature dropped to 25 degrees...The
good folks at the Weather Channel calculated the wind chill at 15.
We woke up to a howling wind, gusting up to 40+ mph. It was snowing
and there were many power outages throughout the state...Great driving
must be time for the Tradition Run!
Tradition Run began in 1970 with local teacher Bernie Jurale running
up to Castle Craig on his birthday. Bernie set in motion a challenge
to every runner to shake off that mid-winter inertia and prove yourself
equal to every runner that has gone before. The mountain is waiting...
Gear Up Baby!
going to run 3.1 miles through the wind and snow, up a very big
hill. Do you go with thin layers and shoot for time...and suffer
the freezing cold on the way back down...Or just give in, get out
the parka and run to finish? You can see a number of strategies
at work here.
I'm considering track spikes...
Director Chris Bourdon explains the basics to the field, you'll be
handed a card with your finishing place at the top. Bring it back
down to get your certificate.
and up, we go. The start tests those quads early, you climb a small
hill to reach the level of the reservoir.
The wind blowing off the ice is the very definition of "wind
Fashion or function? You decide.
get your first mile time from a volunteer in a pickup truck. Your
time doesn't seem to relate to your first mile split in any other
race you've ever run...
years the dam in mile 2 is basking in bright sunshine. Not this
crossing the dam you have completed the preliminaries. You won't
see level road again.
this corner and you will be introduced to the real Tradition Run,
a long steady climb that reduces many to a slow shuffle.
and determination get you to the Mile 2 checkpoint.
times start to lose their importance.
about a half mile to go you face a stretch where geological forces
have created a monster. The steepest slope to climb when you least
need it, "The Wall" will be remembered by everyone to
pass this way.
home stretch provides the first glimpse of Castle Craig,
the stone tower perched here for over 100 years.
with snow, the road leads you up to the finish line.
nothing like the top of East Peak in winter!
Join us on January 21, 2007 for the 38th running!