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Sno-Park Clean-Up

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(this photo courtesy of Rachel Brombaugh) The USFS scheduled today as sno-park clean-up day and at first, it seemed like an exercise in futility.  There is still snow covering the trails; I mean, it was snowing at Snoqualmie Pass this week!  Several people advocated for pushing the date back a couple of weeks or a month, but as Rune said, that train has left the station and we'll just have to clean what we can.  Well, guess what -- just having access to the parking lots and part of the road and the freeway interchanges yielded an enormous amount of junk, most of it pretty disgusting.  Kind of amazing, the things that people evidently think are okay to just throw out the window.  (Moment of blatant passive aggressiveness: a crew of four or five was in the parking lot picking up garbage while a car sat there and its driver threw orange peels out the window.  Seriously, people.)  But we did it; even limited by snow cover, we managed to completely fill the USFS ranger's trailer and

Rune Rocks the Norwegian Birkebeiner

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  No question, Rune had a great ski season this winter, with strong finishes across a variety of distances, culminating in three age-group podiums at World Masters and a 10th place age-group finish (out of 453 men in his age group) at the Norwegian Birkebeiner.  I always want to hear more details about a race like that, and Rune obliged!  Here is his story, with Augustina's awesome photos. RUNE'S RACE REPORT World Masters in Canmore was hard, really hard.    There is a reason why the race distances are drastically reduced after age 60.     The 30k and 10k classic races were back to back on Sunday and Monday to start off the week, which definitely took its toll on my 57-year-old body.     Canmore is at approximately 1,400 meters above sea level (since the races took place in Canada, I am sticking with metrics), which I don’t think is enough to be considered significant altitude, but altitude affects people differently, and from experience, that is enough altitude to have some ef