First time…and last

Yesterday, I ran the 41st Annual Mt Wilson Trail Race for the first time — interestingly enough, it was after I moved away from Sierra Madre where I used to live, which was about a 5 min jog to the start line.  The race was first held in 1908, only 3 years after the Dipsea (the country’s oldest trail race) was born, but there was a hiatus between 1912 and 1929, then resumed in 1930.  It was held sporadically until the late 40’s, then abandoned completely, and finally revived in 1965.

The course is 8.6 miles — from downtown Sierra Madre, to Orchard Camp and back — 2100′ of gain in 4.3 miles, which is a 9.2% grade.  This reminded me a lot of the Mt Baldy Run to the Top, which is the same distance, but instead of an out-and-back, it’s an 8 mile climb to the peak, not to mention a few thousand feet lower in elevation.

The race is well-organized, but it’s just not my kind of event — too short, too fast, and too crowded.  Baldy would be the same thing if they made everyone race back down to the start — can you imagine how dangerous that’d be?  I’m actually really surprised that no one gets seriously hurt because the course is primarily singletrack, with very little room for 2-way traffic.

The winner was Kevin Koeper, who has won the race a few times, beating out the second place guy by 3 seconds — wish I could’ve seen that finish.  The women’s field was dominated by Sharon Pevsner, who I used to see quite often in the neighborhood, since she’s a local resident.  Their times respectively — 1:00:27 and 1:16:32.  Full results here.

Well, I did this race for the first time this year, but I also think that it’s going to be my last — just not my kind of event.  But then again, I said the same thing about Baldy a few years ago too.

Ok, time to get ready for OD, and also our little Memorial Day get-together tomorrow.

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One comment

  1. Yeah, too short, thouhg sometimes I wish I could go back to those. My concern is – too expensive per mile:)

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