Sunday, July 27, 2014
Yesterday I wrote about the exhilaration of a physical challenge. As I was writing, my son-in-law was achieving one of his own goals - completion of the 24 mile Crow Pass Crossing. This was the 30th annual running of this ultimate marathon. My son-in-law went willingly, eagerly to the starting line. He has run this race before. The race is a rugged up and down through a pass in Alaska's Chugach Mountains. Runners reach the pass after an ascent of 3,888 feet in the first 3.5 miles. The trail then moves across fields of sharp scree, patches of snow, through a swift glacial river. It is not for the faint hearted. There is a registration fee which 150 people pay for the opportunity to climb, scramble, crawl and wade through stunning country. And there are bears there. Watch this short video shot yesterday to get an armchair glimpse. According to my son-in-law the weather was perfect.