Friday, February 4, 2011
The tenth stage of the race departs Devil's Thumb into the depths of the second canyon to the El Dorado Creek aid station. It's five miles of quad-destroying downhills that leaves its mark for the remainder of the race.
Special thanks to Dan Nevarez and Carla Riggs, Jim Wagener, Susan Demuth, Kerry Will, Megan McNew, and Allison and Griffin Howard for their generosity and support of the Wounded Warrior Project that sponsors this section of the course tour.
This stretch is a more gradual downhill into the second canyon compared to the first one.
Runners will descend over 2400 feet in about five miles. It's said by a lot of the runners that this stretch is one that is very runnable, but many actually lose pace due to the weariness of their journey.
After crossing a small bridge, runners will enter the El Dorado Creek aid station. The leaders will enter around 1:00 p.m., with the 24 hour runners over three hours behind with a 4:20 estimated arrival. 30 hour runners will enter around 7:30, and the aid station closes at 9:45 p.m. Runners will have passed the midway point of the race. Only 47.3 miles until Auburn!