The start of the 2017 Mammoth Half Marathon. Photo: Christian Pondella
The 5th Annual Mammoth Half Marathon was this past Sunday, June 19 and it was a warm one! Yours truly paced the 1:45 group and needed to slow down to a 1:54 pace due an unforeseen calf cramp issue. Nonetheless I enjoyed the race and I felt joy when greeted by my daughter, Piper, at the finish line! We ran the final few meters of the race together, crossing the finish holding hands; the perfect way to kick-off Father’s Day 2017. I was amazed by the snowpack at the starting line at Lake Mary in the Lakes Basin and more awestruck by the Mammoth Creek deep water (3 inches) crossing just before the 9 mile mark! I’ve never done that before during a half marathon road race. I guess it's true that there’s a first for everything. I also couldn’t help but overhear chatter from other racers about the beauty of Mammoth Lakes. Runners were carrying their phones and taking selfies during their 13.1 mile trek from the upper Lakes Basin to the center of Town. This race is in an amazing place! Summer is in full swing with the 80+ degree temperatures here at 8000’. The days are warm, but the mornings and evenings are very pleasant for training on our vast network of trails and hills. The track environment has been perfect down at Whitmore. Mammoth Track Club general membership workouts have been going very well each Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. We have just started our Mammoth Track Club Youth division practice, every Monday at 8:30 a.m., and my 6-year-old daughter has committed to participating this season! Ages 6-16 are welcome during this practice.
Mammoth Track Club Elite Team Update
Reid Buchanan set another personal best in the 5,000m last weekend in Portland, Ore. running a stunning 13:27! This performance punched his ticket to the USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento this Friday, June 23. Daniel Tapia will be joining Reid in Sacramento, racing the longest distance of the championships, the 10,000m. His race is scheduled for Thursday evening.