Tamalpa was able to get a group together and John provided an aid station at mile 12 and a cooler of beers and soda at the finish. The weather was great and the company even better. We went around just one once around the lake which was roughly 25 miles. The first half had some tree cover but the second half of the 25 was mostly exposed, I can imagine how tough it would be on a hot day in April and it can get warm on the course (90+). The terrain is mostly rolling until the last 5 or so miles where there are two climbs to get to the turnaround. I didn't think they were that bad though. I just walked and ran them and was fine. There is a lot of elevation gain in the 50-mile race (over 10,000 ft.) but it's spread out throughout the race. There wasn't a climb that I felt was especially tough. The terrain is a beauty too, mostly smooth, not technical at all. There are at least two stream crossings but it has been so dry here due to the lack of rain that I only got my feet wet on one of the crossings, no big deal.
Well I liked it so much I'm going back with another group this weekend. If I complete another loop I guess I can technically say that I've done a 50 on Lake Sonoma:) Enjoy the pictures and big thanks to Tropical John and Tamalpa.
Hans, making it look easy at 70. This guy runs road and trail, short to ultras. Seems like every time I open the Tamalpa Gazette, our club paper, his name is on the results of a bunch of races. There is usually a picture of him too.