I just volunteered to pace Pam Smith at Western States! Guess I should check to see when that is... [June 26]
And considering I have to do something stupid to jumpstart my training: the Brickyard Hill 6 Hour Challenge will be this Saturday. $1 entry fee, winner takes all.
People are taking the run seriously and I'm not sure if the hill's even runnable right now! I'll be there at 9 AM (it's cold; I start late). The record for most times up and down the hill in 6 hours is 28, done by me last summer - that's 22.5 miles. I expect to do much less than half that Saturday.
How to get to the Brickyard hill: In St. Paul, take Plato Blvd. to Water Street and follow along the river. Just before the old wooden trestle (where the road becomes Lilydale Rd.), there's a parking lot on the left. 1/4 mile on the trail and you're at the base of the hill.
Top of hill approach: there's an opening in the fence at the intersection of Annapolis Street and Hwy 13 (Cherokee Blvd.), right at the city border. 1/4 mile along the trail is the top of the hill.
There's no aid. Or bathrooms.
And, if you're new to this blog, I apologize for the comments on this so far.
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