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Mammoth's running culture reaches 10 years old

May 27, 2011

Deena started it all.

A decade ago, the then-Deena Drossin came charging out of the University of Arkansas and scooted up to Mammoth to train.

Overnight, given her dazzling performances around the world, Mammoth in the summer wasn’t just about fishing and camping.

It’s hard to imagine what might have happened around here had Deena chosen a different path. She won in London and Chicago.

No one here will ever forget watching her bronze-medal finish at the Athens Olympics in 2004, tears streaming down her face as she crossed the finish line.

Division Creek hike takes you to a world like no other in Eastern Sierra

May 20, 2011

It’s been a long winter up here in the northern Eastern Sierra; eight months of snow, a cold, cold April, flowers frozen on the bud in May.

Even the most ski-crazy winter fanatic is beginning to feel cheated, as May gives way to June with more snow predicted for next week.

But there is hope.

It’s called a car. Yes, cars are gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing monsters that we should feel guilty for driving. But they are also the essence of freedom and adventure and in this case, escape.

Mammoth's high elevation poses problem in World Cup Biathlon

May 13, 2011

As it turns out, we’re too high for our own good up here.

Not really, but when it comes to World Cup biathlon, Mammoth is way over the limit in terms of elevation regulations, according to Mammoth Winter Biathlon Director Mike Karch.

That does not take Mammoth out of the winter biathlon universe, by any stretch, he said.

But it might make it difficult if Mammoth has any designs on conducting a World Cup event.

Hilton Creek, discovery, adventure, love song to spring

May 6, 2011

There are times when a hike is just not a hike. It’s something else, maybe many things else; an adventure, a discovery, a meditation, a love song.

So it is with the hike up Hilton Creek in early May after the biggest winter on record; a winter when the Long Valley area received 195 percent of its normal snowfall.

The fact that most people don’t even know there is a Hilton Creek hereabouts only adds to this hike being a bit more of a mystery.

Mammoth High School track runners keep feet moving in April

April 23, 2011

On April 2, Toby Qualls, a sophomore at Mammoth High School, traveled to Lancaster, Calif., to run in the very competitive, Michele Perry Invitational. Many California high schools travel to this invitational, because of the high level of competition.

Qualls began competition in the varsity 1600 meter event. Because of his previous fast times in the 1600, he was then bumped up automatically into the elite championship race.

Ryan Hall sets new American record for the Boston Marathon

April 18, 2011

Ryan Hall, one of Mammoth’s great distance runners, on Monday set a new American record for the Boston Marathon.

Hall, formerly a member of the Mammoth Track Club but who still trains here, ran the 26 miles in 2:04:55.

It is not a formally recognized record because the Boston Marathon is a kind of an odd duck in marathon circles, not quite conforming to world or national standards.

He led for much of the race before being overtaken near the end.

More to come as details roll in.

Mammoth Invitational top dog in raising money for Mammoth’s youth

April 16, 2011

Mammoth is good at fund-raising. We’ve got a million of ‘em, it seems.

But at the top of the heap right now is the Mammoth Invitational, a race-filled weekend featuring pro skiers and boarders that went off last weekend on behalf of the Mammoth Community Foundation.

Foundation executive director John Armstrong said the event on Mammoth Mountain raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of the town’s kids.

The foundation is committed to raising funds to provide an added margin of excellence for academic and athletic programs for youth in our community.

Local Audubon gets award for work on Owens Dry Lake restoration

April 7, 2011

The Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land will be given to the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in recognition of its critical efforts to support the Owens Lakebed Master Plan, the Mono Lake Committee announced today.

Fourth Annual Mammoth Biathlon...saved by the sun

April 2, 2011

As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.

And Mike Karch’s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.

“It was an amazing vision,” said Alana Levin. “He (Karch) created the whole thing.”

After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.

Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sunday’s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.

Chicks rock 2011 Roxy Chicken Jam

April 2, 2011

Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.

The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.

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