2016 marked the 18th year that Debbie has run the Mt. Greylock Trail Races in Adams, Massachusetts. Greylock is our Father’s Day tradition. Yesterday, we made the journey to the Berkshires for one of our favorite annual events.
Debbie ran the 13.5 mile (half marathon) long course and the kids and I did the 5K. Our son shaved more than a minute off of his 2015 time and moved up a couple of spots in the standings, which made him very happy. Our daughter had fun as she skipped (literally) through the 5K. I kept my distance (per her request) behind her and just chaperoned her progress. A few times, I prompted her to take a turn, but she was pretty much on her own.
We saw many of our long time Western Massachusetts Athletic Club (WMAC) friends and many other friends from the trail running community. It’s sad to not see some of our friends from the past, but running injuries, age, and time take their toll.
Debbie and I are grateful to return year after year. She has been doing this race every year since she was 24, which proves her longevity in the New England trail running community.
Tim Van Orden won the race in 1:43:12. He was followed by Neil Clavson and Mark Rabasco. Margo Smith, a local 15 year old, took the women’s win in 2:11:17, which is pretty good. It’s nice to see younger generations enjoying the trails. She was followed by Alex Jospe and Dianne Davis, who are both double her age!
Debbie is a veteran runner now, which is almost hard to believe. She was the first 40+ woman and has logged more than 240 miles on those trails. Afterwards, she and the kids hung out in Greylock Glen. They enjoyed the post race food and spent time with many of the longtime volunteers. I changed up and rode my bike to North Adams. I took Notch Road to the summit. In recent years, I’ve been up there many times on my feet, but hadn’t been up there on my bike since September 2001 when I did a race to the top in 48 minutes. Yesterday’s ride took a little under an hour including stops for photos, and to take in the awesome views. We had spectacular weather for the last full day of spring.
The sunshine was brilliant all day. After riding to the top, where the Veterans War Memorial Tower is being renovated, I descended and then rode back to Adams. From Adams, I took the back roads most of the way to Northampton, but ran out of energy in Williamsburg. I called Debbie to pick me up. She was gracious enough to drive the “sag wagon” back up Rt. 9 where I met her in Florence. From there, we returned to NoHo and enjoyed a wonderful meal at Paul & Elizabeth’s.