While the smart people (a.k.a. the campers) ran from N44 to Foresthill on Saturday of the last weekend of May, I was with a group of 14 nutballs that drove as close to Robinson Flat as we could (about 4 miles).
We trudged through 10+ miles of unrunnable snow before we saw the ground.
While it was slow going in the deep unconsolidated snow, the day was gorgeous with solid blue skies and a high of 83 in Auburn. When we finally were able to run on bare ground we had been on our feet for over 4 hours. And by the time we got to Foresthill, we had good tired legs for Cal St. Overall, an excellent, but unique Robinson to the River training run.
With about 8 feet of snow at Robinson Flat four weeks out from the race, what does that mean for the course this year? Will the alternate snow route have to be used for the fourth time in history? How much snow will we run on? Will we cross the river in boats? The answers to these questions are still unknown as four weeks is a long time, and if the weather is hot and sunny much of the snow will melt. RD Greg Soderlund will keep us informed if an alternate snow route will need to be used, but suffice to say we will be running on snow this year so be prepared for it.
The driving consideration for whether we use an alternate snow route (which will likely go down to French Meadows before reaching Lyon’s Ridge then follow the Poppy Trail to Duncan Canyon) is getting aid station supplies to Lyon’s Ridge and Red Star Ridge. If I were a betting man I’d bet El Nino will continue to keep the snow a little longer and we’ll be running to French Meadows on June 26. What do you think?