Sunday, October 25, 2009

Matt Patten Joins the 1/4Mile High Club...

Normally I wouldn’t post a report for a training run – but this was a bonus Wednesday night run as Matt Patten from the twin cities joined us for his inaugural black loop at the Peak.

I have seen Matt at nearly every race I was at this year including, Zumbro, Ice-Age, Kettle, Voyageur, and Superior. He is also the co-race director of the Chippewa Moraine.

We took him out on the Black Loop – a hilly 7mile trail that has been widened to accommodate cross-country skiers in the winter. It is not technical running, but the hills are significant and scenery is beautiful. One small detour onto the Ice-Age trail was taken so that we could show off the view from the observation tower, the highest point in Waukesha County at 1,233 feet (Hence the ¼Mile Club).

We only ran for an hour, but half of the fun on the Wednesday night runs occurs after the running stops… This was enhanced by the addition of a case of home-brew that Matt brought along for the occasion. The dark sweet stout seemed to be a favorite as we proceeded to fleece Matt of nearly all the beer he brought!

Lots of laughs and a little trash-talk made for a fun evening – Great guy - We hope to have him back when he rolls back through town again. You can keep up with Matt at his blog here:

Consider this an open invitation to any trail-runners out there to join us for a run any Wednesday night you are in the area. 5pm at the Evergreen Shelter is the time and place (often there are several people that come out early for bonus mileage before the 5pm run). Plan to stick around for a couple of hours afterwards if you are thirsty!

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