Thursday, December 8, 2011
Banner is up, course is kinda marked, weather forecast looks good, and the trails are buried. The second annual Chub is setting up perfectly.
We'll have a better idea of trail conditions tomorrow, but from what I saw this morning on a jog up Towers, it looks like the more remote trails haven't seen a whole lot of traffic, while the more popular ones are well packed in. Snow depth doesn't look too intimidating - maybe two to five inches of actual sink on virgin snow. There might be a bit of ice in places and some drifts to wade through, but I doubt it will be significant, so I'm actually going to stick my neck out and say that we're probably going to have a relatively decent go of things.
Course will probably be marked a little lighter than it was last year as I've been out of town all week. I'll do what I can today and tomorrow and should hopefully get most of the intersections in Horsetooth tagged. Rob is taking care of Lory, so that will probably be flagged well. Either way, plan on bringing the course map and directions to avoid getting lost. There are two intersections that get crossed twice in different directions, meaning a 50-50 chance of choosing the wrong direction if you don't have a map or prior course knowledge.
There will be three separate starts: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00; and three separate courses: JV (21.5, 5,500'), Marathon (25.5, 6,500'), and El Chubbo Grande (31.5, 7,500'). All courses share the same route for the first 12 miles through the Horsetooth section of the course.
No blaming the RD if you get lost.
Run finishes at my house between 2:00 & 3:00 for a post-race pot luck, brew share and Western States lottery look-up.
CRs (I think):
JV Men: Justin Mock (3:25)
JV Women: Marie-Helene Faurie (6:32)
Marathon Men: Tim Long (4:44)
Marathon Women: Darcy Africa (5:10)
Chubster Men: Pete Stevenson (5:44)
Chubster Women: Jenn Malmberg (7:43)