Wanderers Climb to Greater Heights This
While most of the Wanderers have been working on their tans
around pool side, two members were strapping on the crampons
to do some very serious mountain running this summer. Wanderers'
mountain running ace Bob Zock logged more than 9,000 feet
in elevation in the 14th annual Matanuska Peak Challenge in
The 14-mile race features running up not one, but two mountains.
A special bonus in this year's race was temperatures in the
"This one was tough," alluded Bob in his field
report. Establishing himself firmly as the Lance Armstrong
of the Wanderers, Bob provided the following review of the
race. "The toughest parts were the fast descents through
talus and loose boulder fields for 9,000 feet."
The Anchorage Daily News summed up the experience best in
the headline of its
race report --- "Only Marquis de Sade Could Enjoy
Bob completed the course in 4:33:28 to finish 22nd in an
elite field of 52.
Earlier in the summer, Jennifer Martin ran the grueling Double
Dipsea race outside of San Francisco. The race because of
its grueling conditions and beautiful course is considered
one of the top trail runs in the country. The 13.7 mile course
includes running up Mt. Tam twice for a total elevation gain
of more than 4,500 feet. Jennifer completed the race in a
very impressive 2:35:14 and finished 13th out of 49 women
in the 40-50 age bracket.
"Not too bad!" Jennifer observed in her field notes
sent to Wanderers headquarters. "I think the speedwork
helped," she added referring to the Wanderer track workouts
on Wednesday evenings.
Jennifer, having gotten the Double Dipsea out of her system,
will now be concentrating on the flats as she prepares for
the Steamtown Marathon in October.
Bob had already demonstrated to the Wanderers his mountain
running skills at the Reach the Beach Relay last fall when
he scorched the field on the opening leg of the race up Bretton
Woods Mountain. His performance actually put the Wanderers
out in front of the race, an advantage which was quickly frittered
But the Matanuska Peak Challenge was a totally different
matter. First there was the warmup segment of the race up
3,720 foot Lazy Mountain followed by the run up 6,119 Matanuska
Peak. Both of these mountains were at "Hors de Classification"
inclines. Bob prepped for the race by competing in runs up
Whiteface Mountain in New York, Kearsarge Mountain in New
Hampshire, and Killington Mountain in Vermont earlier in the
Bob completed his outdoor experience in Alaska by also hiking
around Mt. Alyeska and sleeping in a tool shed.
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