Monday, April 23, 2018

#40 Ultra Marathon Done

Wow!  Is all I can say about this splendid and absolutely very enjoyable ultra marathon I have ever done!  Completed entirely in the Joshua Tree National Park in California, two great ultra running friends of mine and I traversed 37 miles through the heart of the park in 9 1/2 hours on April 21, 2018.

Having pre-set our caches of water and food the day before in coolers, we stopped a total of 3 times to fill up.  We started out at 5:30 am I was eating my lunch at 10:15 am!  We were done running at 3:30 pm and home by 4:30.  We went from the Black Canyon Campground (West) to the East Entrance of Joshua Tree.  We had fantastic weather most of the way - only getting up into the 80's for the last 7 miles or so.  Not a cloud was in sight the whole day.  We basically ran the entire length of the California Riding and Hiking trail that traverses through the park.  The trail was easy to follow - mileage signage along the way, and the trail itself was very easy on the legs being sandy and not very rocky.  What a delight to most of the trails I run in the mountains!

The park itself was really interesting to see with lots of variety of plant life and Joshua Trees everywhere!  There is also a part of the park that is really filled with a lot of huge boulders in very interesting shapes and sizes.  I would highly recommend seeing the National Park.

Here are a couple of pictures of our trip.  What a great and very enjoyable run!!!

Donated $100.00 to the Shirley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center on 4/23/18