Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Training Update, McCall Trailrunning Classic and more

Training July 14-20, 2014:

95 miles, 25,000' vert
3 mountain runs 18-22 miles with fast finish of last 4-8 miles.   
3 PR's of training run segments ranging from 2.7 to 7.5 miles.


The 3rd Annual McCall Trailrunning Classic 10/20/40 races were a few Saturday's ago (Hardrock Day).  Two weeks of all-out physical and mental laboring for Brandi and I as race directors, with tons of help from so many friends and volunteers.  We had many miles of trails to clear, prizes to make, rosters, food, volunteers, sponsors, etc.  Always so much more than I remember doing the year before.  RD'ing is grueling work, but so rewarding.  We grew a bit more this year to around 275 entrants.  The weather was great and the course was in its best condition yet.  We had two McCall locals win the 40 miler.  In the Women's race, McCall's Yadi Spangenberg held off Carolyn Goluza from British Columbia.  In the Men's race, Nampa's Jake Perry led from the wire while McCall's Andrew Armstrong tracked him down.  Andrew caught him with about 8 miles to go and they ran together to within a quarter mile of the finish.  Andrew punched it to secure the victory.  The party lasted until the last runners were through the finish.  Great day. 

It is such a relief to be done with all that so we can go for a run without a big pack, work pants and a chainsaw.  The summer running season is in full swing now and we are getting after it.  Here's a few pics from behind the scenes...

Matty, Katie, Brandi and I on an all-day trailwork binge in the Lake Fork drainage. 

Lodgepole Pine "tree cookie" plaques for all finishers.  I cranked out about 300 this year!  Is "sawdust lung" a real thing?

Matty, McCall and I checking on a possible new addition to the race for next year?  Sickness!

Louie Lake.
The new logo is BOSS.  "Griffin" the Goshawk presides over the emblem.   He's waiting for a moment of inattention to pluck the scalps from the little runners under his wings.  He laid low this year, but we've not seen the last of old Griffin.
Other highcountry fun...

Sawtooth Peak.   Lugging a heavy sack of rocks.

Lava Lakes Trail to Hershey Point.  First time out there.  Not my last time for sure.  Great run! 

Bear Grass in full bloom.

Sometimes you just don't need to question which way to go.                                                                             


  1. Thanks to you, Brandi, and all the volunteers for putting on a great race. You looked like a proud papa when the 20-milers left the start line.

    I started a FB group, McCall Trail Running. Hoping to get folks to post info about trails and trail events around McCall. Would be great if you contributed some trail beta. Still a small group right now, hoping it will grow as folks start adding content.

    1. Hi Keith,
      Brandi and I are on board with the McCall Trail Running FB page. Long overdue. Another good way to stir the pot and get people on the trails. I will update conditions and beta. Thanks for getting it started!