Before getting to the subjects at hand, let’s take care of business and announce our CLIF Kit’s Organic winners. Rachel, Michael Helton, and Kelly Covert: e-mail me your contact info – you’ve won! And if anyone is curious, Rachel was entry number 1 on the comment list – proving that every number has an equal chance of winning.
Since I’ve been making up for lost training miles this week, I figured I’d make up for some neglected Random Shots of Beauty by throwing in a couple extras this week – starting with …
The view looking west from Snively’s Ridge atop Carmel Valley, at approximately mile 11 of this morning’s run. Then moving on to …
Tall sentinels at the bottom of Redwood Canyon in Garland Park at mile 19. And finally …
A view looking back from the top of another climb up the adjacent ridge line a couple of hours later, during a run that ended up being nearly 30 miles. In the words of George Costanza, I’m back, baby!
Much of this morning’s run featured trails that were used for my first-ever ultramarathon, the Carmel Valley 50K that was put on by Pacific Coast Trail Runs almost 10 years ago. Longtime readers may also recall that in the wake of my initial Western States disappointment, I ended up doing my first-ever 100-miler at a PCTR event as well. I’ve entered several of their races over the years, and like many Northern Californians, the company had a special place in my heart.
That’s why I was sorry to see the official announcement this week that Pacific Coast Trail Runs has gone out of business. Even though the news isn’t surprising to anyone familiar with the situation – and even though the financial implications involving current registrants remain quite messy – it’s a sad milestone for anyone who grew up on PCTR ultras.
I suppose the good news for me is that none of my upcoming races are PCTR events – but one of them will be a new event that is hosted by the company that moved into the void left by PCTR. I hope to have more to say about that company and the race in the near future; in the meantime, I need to stay focused on training my tail off.
Leadville happens in 10 weeks. Game on.
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