Scenery and altitude gain take one's breath away! (about: 2008)|
Ernie Rambo from Las Vegas, Nevada (4/27/08)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Labor of Love Marathon@ Lovell Canyon
I admit to being a fan of any event that Calico Racing puts on; Joyce Forier has an eye for choosing interesting spots in Nevada and using them for her well organized events. The Lovell Canyon race had a small number of participants (about 200), so runners experienced plenty of solitude along the course - a bonus for me, since I was reduced to gasping for air on a windy race day! The uphill climb on the way out is quite challenging, but the view at the race's summit is effort worthy. There's also a major mile-long hill on the way back that slowed most of us down a bit - makes getting a medal at the end meaningful! I liked getting to run some of the course on dirt (we call big chunky rocks "dirt" in this part of the country) but also getting to run on the road to make up for slow "dirt" running times. The few off-road vehicle drivers we saw were dutifully amazed that we were running in the wilderness and aid stations were well stocked and run by enthusiastic volunteers. If you prefer hearing bird calls and Joshua Trees to cheering multitudes of spectators, consider entering this race!