Yakima Skyline 50K: Race Report by Matt Hagen
Several years back I ran the Yakima River Canyon Marathon. At that time I was an aspiring marathon runner (maybe semi-aspiring would be closer to the truth) and as I ran down the road I complained about the “wicked camber” that left my ankles sore, and about the “huge hill” on the course just before the descent to the finish.
Even then, however, I looked to the hills on either side and thought, “I wonder what it would be like to hike up there?” The thought of actually running seemed absurd, but a hike might be approachable.
It’s still an absurd course, but the idea of running it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility anymore. I ran 20 miles of it with a camera two years back, and am looking to return in order to find out what it’s like to run without so much weight.