Yakima Skyline Rim 25k

Before the race
Today Ann & I did the Yakima Skyline Rim 25k. I'd say we ran it, but with the exceptionally steep climbs and incredibly rocky, narrow, twisty and otherwise technical trails, we ended up walking about half the time.
Bridge over Yakima River
It was very sunny and exposed, so I ended up with a really odd tan: ankle to below the knee, and a pasty patch from my armband on my left arm. Luckily it wasn't windy, as it often is along those high ridges.
Getting close to the top of the first climb
The course was intense. After a tiny out and back from the starting line to help spread us out, we ran over a suspension bridge over the Yakima River, then under train tracks, and then straight up a 2100ft climb (note: felt like more than that to me!) on rocky, winding single-track.
We made it!
Nearly to the top, we turned onto a dirt road that evened out with some rolling hills. Finally, we had a steep decent almost back to the starting elevation before hitting the turnaround and climbing all the way back up.
At the turnaround
Wow. All I can say is that we kept going. It took us a lot longer than we thought it would, but we had fun.
Climbing back up--  yes, the very top of that peak

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