Thank you Bill Cockroft, Caroline Casey, Peter Morning, and all the many volunteers and employees at Mammoth Mountain for putting on a spectacular event.
And congrats to Tess, Jennifer, Carolyn, Gabe, Andy, Deena, Lara, and the many others that finished! And thank you Ariel!
With no surprise, the inaugural Ezakimak lived up to its’ hype and April 4th, 2015 will forever be remembered in the muscles of the many people that took the challenge. Hundreds of spectators were also treated with lasting images of the beautiful suffering that the runners, snowshoers and skiers endured while they tackled Mammoth Mountain underneath a full Spring Pink Moon.
As a fantastic night cap, a Pink Moon Party was held at Eleven53 and plenty of beer and food was enjoyed by all.
Skiers led out 1 minute prior to the runners, who were then followed 1 minute later by snowshoers.
Ezakimak climbs just over 2,000 vertical feet over the five kilometer snow filled course (my strava data) from 9,000ft to 11,053ft. There are perhaps 2 level sections for no more than 100 meters and we were greeted by strong zephyr winds, icy groomed trails, and repeated bouts of sand blasting to the face.
Mainly secondary to poor planning I didn’t fashion any additional traction to my Kiger 3’s. The smart racers, like Deena Kastor, had microspikes reinforced with lightweight crampons. She could’ve gone into battle with those weapons… But other than a few icy sections that I had to walk after nearly face planting, my shoes ripped it on the course.
Mario and I discussed not going too hard in this race as we both knew nothing would be gained just one week out from Lake Sonoma 50. But “too hard” is a relative term when you are running up a mountain…So I kept a steady effort the entire way, looking back several times to ensure the great Deena wasn’t reeling me in too much (she will make a badass MUT runner if she ever so choses).
Deena came in a few minutes later in second overall. King and Queen of the Mountain!
Over the next hour skiers, runners and snowshoers continued to summit the mountain via headlamps and glow sticks.
If you did not partake in this years race, you MUST join us in 2016. It was truly one of the most excitingly beautiful events I’ve ever been a part of.
Perhaps people would love to see a Summer Ezakimak?!
Lake Sonoma 50!