Thursday, May 18, 2006

The 3rd Annual Lava Rama 2006

Hot pools, cold beers and running too...Lava Oh yea! The weekend of May 12th we ventured across the wonderful State of Idaho to run in another Wild Rockies event. Lava Hot Springs, Idaho is a small town in the South East corner of the State, about a 4 hour drive from Boise. Lava is a great adventure destination; this was our second trip this year. Here the pictures from the last trip: February 2006

Friday after work we packed up our swag, pitched the dog Mr. Blue in the back of the car and motored down the road. We arrived into town about 11:00pm, and pretty much checked into the Tumbling Waters motel and went to bed, the 3rd Annual Lava Rama kicked off at 9:00am. The starting line for the race was in the town park about 100 yards from our hotel. Needless to say the starting line was considerably easier to find compared to the last Wild Rockies race in Oregon: OTC

This year the Lava Rama course was extended from 6 miles to 9.5 miles, during the pre-race meeting Mr. Wild Rockies himself said he would be surprised if someone makes the loop under the one hour mark. The winner of the 2006 Lava Rama was Tom Borschel a nationally ranked trail runner who came close to the lofty goal with a finish time of 1:05:12.

The race started in the park, headed down Main Street and quickly turned southward out of town. After a few miles of pavement we turned off on a dirt road and proceeded to go up into the hills! The weather was beautiful for the start of the race, nothing but blue skies and warm, however at about mile 5 the temperature was hot and I was in trouble. I was sucking wind and sweating buckets, I was fighting what I call the Triple Constraints of running:

  • Weather
  • Altitude
  • Fat Ass

I normally have two goals in running races. One: Finish and Two: Don't Walk. Well I finished the race and finished in 3rd place in the men's 20 - 29 age category; however I had to walk on several occasions. Damn you Triple Constraints! Angela came in 2nd place in the women's 20 - 29 age category. We also cleaned house during the post-race raffle, Angela got a hat and some cool sox's with a Tyrannosaurus Rex embroider on them and I got a synthetic running shirt -woot! Overall the course was great and a lot of fun; we even ran passed a little snow. Some of the trails had loose rock and were torn up. Angela took a few tumbles on the run and scraped up her legs, but she got up and kept on running! Good job Champ!

Biking is a major part of the Lava Rama; the Dual Free Competition was fun to watch. The Dual Free is a biking race where two riders race downhill over manufactured obstacles and jumps. No major crashes happened but watching them navigate the course of see-saws, humps and 8+ foot jumps was rad!

There was also a Kids under 10 bike race, our money was on the little girl racing in a dress with cowboy boots on!

"If I ride, I make damn sure I look good!"

Check out all the pictures of the race here: Lava Rama

Offical Results: 1:38:16