In Yan Teopa 10 Mile Trail Run in Frontenac State Park, Lake City, Minnesota. A very speedy 1:04 finishing time. Below is Wynn's report from the race. Congrats!
IN YAN TEOPA 10mile Trail Race: Race Report
In Yan Teopa (def: Rock with Opening). Another beautiful day landed on the weekend of the In Yan Teopa 10mile trail race on Mount Frontenac state park, overlooking Lake Pepin just south of Red Wing, MN. The fall colors were not nearly as vibrant this year due to the Indian summer we are having. However, some of the sumacs were a visceral red, which is always stunning. The race was the pen-ultimate of the MN trail race series. I really like this park and was happy to be back running it again. Last year I volunteered, but got to cheer on runners as they took on the purgatory of rolling hills and the elevator shaft climb to the top of the bluff. The trail consists of rolling XC-ski trail and single-track that traverses up, down and around the bluff. I was speculating whether or not I should do the race a day before because I had done a swift speed workout on Tuesday and was ready to do my tempo run on Thurs, but decided it would be much more fun to bag the Thursday workout and hop into the race. I wanted to mimic the race similar to the workout. I ran a conservative 1st half and then ramped it up a bit more the second half all without completely burying myself. I felt quite comfortable the whole race and never felt anaerobic except for a brief moment up the elevator shaft climbs. John Storkamp and I were running through one of the open sections and a nice 6 point buck ran parallel to us for quite some time before flanking across the trail and off to the woods to attend to his own business. At about the half-way mark both John and I began to make the steep ascents to the top of the bluff. I felt confident in my fitness and hill work, so I made a move on the first climb and didn’t look back. Both John and I noted after the race, the tingling black spots we saw on the last steep ascent. The race had another good turnout as new people seem to discover how excellent of a spot this location is and how well the race is directed. I finished in a time of 1:04 for the win. John came in a few minutes later running a strong race. This year John crushed his own course record at the brutal Arrowhead 135mile race, and a strong 6:15 at the Fall 50mile last year.