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Spokane River Run 50k 4.22.2007

This was a fabulous trail ultra right here in our backyard. There were several race distances...something for everybody: a 5k, 10k, 25k and 50k. David and I did the 50k. The trail was primarily single-track trail with some wide paths at the beginning of the course, 100% dirt trail, scattered rocks, a few very rocky sections, some roots, and a tad of asphalt, mostly just during a few road crossings. The course wound through thick pine forests set against basalt cliffs and ended with a tight twisty single-track next to the roaring Spokane River. The weather was perfect, starting with some gentle drizzle and about 40 degrees and ending with dry but overcast skies somewhere in the mid to high 50s.
a race distance for everyone
a race distance for everyone
Jack & Gunhild Swanson
Jack & Gunhild Swanson
Mary Ann Clute
Mary Ann Clute
David & Lisa Bliss (wake up, David!)
David & Lisa Bliss (wake up, David!)
Ok, he hates pictures...
Ok, he hates pictures...
Nikki Kimball (will win the women's race in 3:59)
Nikki Kimball (will win the women's race in 3:59)
pre-race announcements
pre-race announcements
pre-race waiting
pre-race waiting
Gunhild & me:  rocky trail
Gunhild & me: rocky trail
Larry Varin
Larry Varin
Larry & Gunhild
Larry & Gunhild
awesome aid station volunteers
awesome aid station volunteers
This is from the race website.  I didn't take any more photos of the course and wish I did.  It was spectacular.
This is from the race website. I didn't take any more photos of the course and wish I did. It was spectacular.
Larry & David share laughs after the race
Larry & David share laughs after the race
Dennis Clute is a ham (and ran a 50k PR)
Dennis Clute is a ham (and ran a 50k PR)
Gunhild wins her AG despite doing extra credit distance on the course
Gunhild wins her AG despite doing "extra credit" distance on the course
after the race
after the race
Dennis with fruit
Dennis with fruit
happy finishers (this was this woman's first 50k)
happy finishers (this was this woman's first 50k)
couple finishes together
couple finishes together
Mary Ann Clute finishes taking more than 30 minutes off her time from last year
Mary Ann Clute finishes taking more than 30 minutes off her time from last year
gets hug from Dennis
gets hug from Dennis
Preliminary results.  Not everyone is listed as there were still some runners on the course
Preliminary results. Not everyone is listed as there were still some runners on the course
I love my Hardrocks!  I last wore these shoes at Western States 2005 and haven't needed trail shoes since then.
I love my Hardrocks! I last wore these shoes at Western States 2005 and haven't "needed" trail shoes since then.
I love my dog too
I love my dog too
Steely Dan
Steely Dan