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The 2014 Mammoth Half Marathon

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Mammoth Half Marathon runners

As I watched the runners come up the hill (yes, up the hill) I began to tear up with jealousy.  Yes, jealous of the 1500 runners struggling to complete Mammoth’s Second Annual Half-Marathon. Jealous of people running 13.1 miles at 8000 feet above sea level. I would’ve been running with them, except I have a tear in my meniscus that has been preventing me from participating in such events.

My heart was pounding and excited for them as many who have likely never run at elevation before, crossed the finish line.  The 5k runners came first. I was most impressed with local 11 year old Aidan LeFrancois, who came across in under 26 minutes.  Next was the anticipation of the first finishers of the half marathon – who was it going to be this year? Would it be one of our elite runners from the Mammoth Track Club that live and train here, would it be a local novice runner, would it be some great athlete from out-of-town, or would it be one of my friends?

This year, race organizers allowed spectators to track the runners as they made their way through the course. I logged in to the convenient texting feature and entered my best friends’ bib numbers, every time they hit a major marker, it sent me a text as to their location.

This year, 1,500 runners signed up for the event to run 13.1 miles of Mammoth’s wonderland.  The mountain course begins at Horseshoe Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin at 8,950 feet and winds throughout Mammoth Lakes ending in the downtown area. Many are fooled by the large amount of downhill at the beginning of the race. There are plenty of ups on the backside to go around. New in 2014, a slight change to the course added a scenic loop around Lake Mary to add to the show.

I also logged into the names of the participants and noted how many of the runners were from out of town.  Living in Mammoth with the active lifestyles that many of our neighbors participate in, I was surprised that less than 10% were locals.

So I cheered on at the finish line from the sidelines with some of our other agents from Resort Property Realty, handed out water, kept the dog-water bowl filled and started planning my recovery so that I can participate in next year’s race.

For next year’s race info visit: http://www.mammothhalfmarathon.com/

Submitted by Nicole Godoy
Nicole Godoy can be reached at Nicole@TheMammothAgent.com or 760-914-2186

Resort Property Realty Mobile Real Estate Office

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