Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Coeur d'Alene Marathon/Half

Finisher's medals for Sweet Pea and Sunshine and a
AGE GROUP AWARD medal for Sunshine in the half marathon
Long sleeved technical shirts for participants of both races

The Montana Big Sky hung low on our drive out. We saw fog and rain, but no mountains. Saturday afternoon was rainy in Coeur d'Alene. Showers for the Sunday morning marathon had been forecast for 2 weeks.

The tour of the race course was highly oversubscibed at both 1 and 2:00. Caravans of cars followed the small trolley crowded with lucky runners who were first in line to ride.

Saturday night forecast looked better!

Just enough sun at the start for cheer, but somewhat overcast throughout the race, temperatures were in the fabulous fifties, for a marvelous race.

Maps provided were difficult to interpret, but the course was well-staffed with volunteers. My doubts about experiencing an interesting half marathon were blown away with runs along Fort Sherman Park, a variety of neighborhoods.... AND

A major stretch along the Coeur d'Alene River and Lake Coeur d'Alene both out and back. The wind was stiff and chilling.. but easily excused for the thrill of the scenery.

More details tomorrow.......


LesleyG said...

Well, that looks just beautiful! Congrats to all! :)

Backofpack said...

I love C'DA! Wish I had been there...congrats to all of you!

Backofpack said...

PS. You were only 6 hours away from us by car!

A Plain Observer said...

As usual your pictures are so beautiful. I love how you enjoy your races

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats, Sunshine!! I've heard how beautiful that area is and now I see. Thanks for the photos.

Beth said...

Congratulations! What perfect race condictions and a beautiful race. Yeah!