In the Long Run

Endurance Racing In Idaho

By Claire Gudmundsen
Photos by Tony Salazar, Tempus Photo Design

It’s 5:30 on a frigid Saturday morning in January. My alarm wakes me from a dreamless sleep, and I nearly jump out of bed. My bedroom is dark and the hardwood floor is cold as I walk to the kitchen to start my pre-race ritual. This morning at nine I will be racing in the Wilson Creek Frozen 50K in the Owyhees southwest of Nampa, although I will be competing in the ten mile (about sixteen kilometers) race. The thought of running more than that on a cold Saturday morning in January seems a bit crazy. I start the coffee and check my phone for the current weather conditions: minus-four degrees and fog.

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Claire Gudmundsen

About Claire Gudmundsen

Claire Gudmundsen is an Idaho native who loves to run, hike, and generally enjoy the outdoors. She works with adults with developmental disabilities, lives in Boise, and has two teenage children who keep her very busy.

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