Nothing brings more wonderful thoughts than to go for a nice slow run through fields of blueberry bushes with the sun shining down. The feeling of floating over the grass and shoving handful after handful of delicious blue berries into my mouth. Never do I think of snakes, bears, rain or lightening. Last night of course brought some of these things to 182 runners who braved the chance of some intense thunderstorms.
The race started with some dark clouds in the distance but a hope that we would be spared the worst. Of course, for those who did run, we didn’t totally miss the storms but we did miss the worst of them. Some torrential downpours and wind turned a hot and sticky evening into a fun filled puddle stomping romp around Minnewaska State Park. The evening ended with a clearing sky and a beautiful rainbow. I’d have to say it was a pretty memorable evening for all those who came out. Hope you enjoyed it!
Next week we move to Mohonk Preserve. The race starts at Trapps Bridge Trailhead and runs either direction on Overcliff / Undercliff. The race is 4.7 miles on carriage roads. Important: there is no parking on the side of Rt 44/55. Overflow parking will be at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. If you park on the side of the road you may get towed and also it may stop us from being able to run at this location in the future. Please carpool to save parking spaces.
Current weather forecast is a high of 91 with a chance of thunderstorms.
Also Roger Kopps photos from the finish line at Summer Solstice are available at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskD2dxXC