Baldy Blitz and Trail Conditions
Yesterday, May 19, was the Baldy Blitz – a dash up Baldy from the M and then back down. This year saw near perfect conditions of cool clear and calm. Race Director Tom Kalakay expressed disappointment over the tame conditions as compared to white outs, 60 mile an hour winds, and rotten snow that that last few years experienced. The warm and dry winter/spring have left the course nearly snow free. What a contrast to last year. Look for results in the local newspaper.
The Baldy Blitz is a great rust buster and fitness tester. Dan Campbell bested the field and looks to be as tough as usual. Andy Garza blasted the uphill portion and reached the summit first in just over 70 minutes.
For May, that is darn good time and a PR for Andy – indicative of his early season fitness. If Andy stays healthy and nothing tragic happens on race day, look for him to PR and break 4 hours for the first time at this summer’s Ridge Run.
Minde Erickson was the fastest woman in the Baldy Blitz and also looks to be in good fitness for this time of the year. She will most likely be a top contender amongst the women in this year’s Ridge Run.
For those of you interested, I ran in a new pair of Nike Zoom Trails. They are still my favorite shoe for running in the Bridger Range. Even though they were discontinued in 2009 (?), Every now and then, eBay lists a pair of Nike Zoom Trails. Here is a nearly new pair I bought last month:
Ridge Run Lottery
The lottery sign up produced 424 entries this year. I think this number is down a bit from last year’s 489. This is a good thing! It means there will be less disappointed people that the lottery does not pick.
Look to be email notified by the end of next week if you got picked in the lottery.
“May the odds be every in your favor.” Coriolanus Snow