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The Event

Circumnavigating its namesake lake, the 30k variant of The Payette Lake run is something of an Idaho institution. It’s been run on the iconic shore of McCall, ID’s focal-point lake for 37 consecutive years or so. The Boise Area Runners (BAR Meetup, BAR Facebook) club with whom I thoroughly enjoy running were making a weekend out of the event for a second year in a row, which sounded like great fun. Even if the run was a total bear, the company would be fun.

This race was on my list last year, but ill-timed wildfire assignments (are there well-timed wildfires? Maybe, but they don’t call us to manage those) left me poorly prepared. Looking back, I had run all of 42 miles in July and 28 in August 2013; not exactly the solid base mileage numbers needed to tackle 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) in one shot. This year I was heading into the race in a much better place, having run 97 and 111 miles for the same months a year later. (more…)

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The McCall Trailrunning Classic was described to me as a beautiful course and a great place to try my legs at a 20-mile distance. It certainly was beautiful, and really hard over those 20 miles. I am glad that I had done the River of No Return 25k in Challis a few weeks prior, as well as a handful of longer training runs. I had to dig deep on this one.

The course begins at Jug Mountain Ranch, a golf and mountain biking club on the western edge of the “Long Valley” in which McCall, ID sits. JMR is a fantastic location and a gracious and accommodating host for an event like this. They opened their clubhouse to runners, had the nicest bathrooms that I will probably ever get to visit prior to a race, maintain a great trail system, and allowed about 300 runners to just take over their parking for the better part of a day. If anyone who reads this is associated with JMR, THANKS! GREAT JOB!

Picture of Council Mountain across the long valley, from the climb.

Council Mountain across the long valley, from the climb.

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