The spring PR season is clearly in full swing. Last time out we had 13 personal bests, but this time up we went one better with 14. When will this madness end? There were a total of 26 runners, 4 new and 22 returning, which means a PR strike rate of 64 percent.
Off the charts!
Perhaps the most notable PR of the night came from one of The Hill’s most loyal customers. Alex May has been toiling away on Towers for two years now, so you’d think personal bests would be marginal at this stage. But oh no, how about a huge 90 second PR, people!?
It took a slight revisit of his lunch, but Pete Stevenson wasn’t far behind Alex in the outstanding-run-of-the-evening award. The bearded one sliced almost a minute off his PR for an impressive 31:31. Also impressive was Brian B who put up a fourth PR in a row, and then we had Burch, Elijah, Katie and Mike E putting up their third consecutive bests.
We move to the upper lot for a run at Horsetooth Rock in two weeks. See you there!
Batting 1.000 on Towers in 2012
The conditions on Towers were about as good as we’ve seen them all year, but still less than ideal, with a few scrapings of ice in the usual shaded corners and additional snow and ice up high. Fully 20 percent (4) of the 20 who started out from the Soderberg trailhead reached the summit in personal records, which I guess shows how good the track was (or just how fit these specimens were) last night.
This was the last lights-required Towers TT of winter and we were treated to a huge and very orange full moon off to the east as we made our way down, so lights were in fact optional. For the next one, conditions should be stellar and hopefully people will be cranking PRs left right and center, and maybe we’ll sprinkle an FKT or two in there too.
Some pics and text from Alex
Batting 1.000 on Towers in 2012
Another 18-runner (one-dog) turnout on Towers last night. While the conditions underfoot were distinctly winter-like, runners started off without the need for headlamps and then enjoyed the transition to a beautifully clear and starlit night. Another couple of Towers sessions and I think we can leave the headlights at home – a sure sign that we’re turning the corner on winter.
Conditions ranged from dirt, to ruts, to crunchy ice, to a dusting of snow, to inches of snow, to knee-deep post-holing. A real mixed bag for sure, but way better than last time out, I am told.
We’ll have another 15 minutes of daylight for the next outing on March 8, in addition to a full moon. Headlights optional?
Batting 100 on Towers in 2012:
The Fort Collins Trail Runners had another strong showing at the Moab Red Hot 55k and 33k races this last weekend. By my best count, we had 43 FCTR finishers. A few people had a rough time out on the slickrock but everyone who started made it to the finish line. Sarah Hansen placed 3rd in the women’s 55k in her first ultra. Maggie, Lindsay, and Dave Seabeck also finished their first ultras this weekend. Alex, Brain Walter, Cat, and I ran new Red Hot PR’s. And we had quite a few runners out on the Moab trails for the first time. I’m sure I’ve missed some highlights so if anyone has additional results or race reports to share, send me an email with any additional details.
The usual welcome for the FCTR and Boulder trail runners. (Photo by Brian Kraus)
Another view from the Red Hot course (Photo by Laura Backus)
More slickrock and spectacular views from the Red Hot course (Photo by Laura Backus)
Views of the La Salles from the 33k/55k course. (Photo by Laura Backus)
More FCTR’s with our Boulder friends at the finish line (Photo by Kristen Alvarez)
Part of the FCTR’s at the finish line (Photo by Jennifer Swanson)
The Full FCTR Results and links to race reports:
||4 M 0-39
||3 F 0-39
||19 M 0-39
||24 M 0-39
||28 M 0-39
||16 M 40-99
||30 M 0-39
||33 M 0-39
||10 F 0-39
||37 M 0-39
||13 F 0-39
||26 M 40-99
||10 F 40-99
||16 F 0-39
||42 M 0-39
||36 M 40-99
||22 F 0-39
||26 F 0-39
||20 F 40-99
||23 F 40-99
||32 F 0-39
||58 M 40-99
||33 F 0-39
||59 M 40-99
||34 F 0-39
||36 F 0-39
||56 M 0-39
||8 M 0-39
||5 F 0-39
||9 F 40-99
||11 M 40-99
||9 F 0-39
||10 F 0-39
||11 F 0-39
||17 F 0-39
||16 M 0-39
||20 M 0-39
||21 M 0-39
||31 F 0-39
||25 F 40-99
||26 F 40-99
||39 F 0-39
||43 F 0-39
So we’re finally starting to put the pieces together for our new FCTR website. Most of our 2011 Towers times have been updated and published and the latest times from the 2/9 Time Trial are posted here.
As of the most recent count, we had an impressive turn out with 18 runners tackling possibly the most atrocious running conditions I’ve seen on the hill to date. Since the last snow storm, it looks like the utility workers have resorted to using snow cats to get up to the Towers. So instead of our usual semi-plowed mix of dirt and ice, the road was packed down with a solid layer of snow with some solid patches, some soft patches, and some broken chunky patches. Fortunately there wasn’t an inch of ice to be seen anywhere on the hill. Fun stuff!
We had a record 6 Gold Stars this week and only 5 runners made it to the top in under an hour. Ryan may have come close to Sam’s FKT …but he ran too fast to get an official time recorded. And in a rare upset, Chris managed make it to the top a full 10 seconds ahead of Steph. ….although there may have been some foul play involving a snow drift.
We’ll see everyone back on the hill again on the 23rd.