Peitzsch doing well in long run |

Peitzsch doing well in long run

Erich Peitzsch ran some track when he was in high school. Later, he ran a marathon as a student at Lewis & Clark University in Portland. Even then, he had no idea he would try to take on any challenge like the Tahoe Rim Trail 100-Mile Endurance Run.Early Sunday morning, the 27-year-old Truckee man crossed the finish line at Spooner Lake in a time of 23 hours, 57 minutes and 40 seconds that was good for eighth-place overall out of an original field of 89 runners.Furthermore, he received one of eight special belt buckles (nickel with a gold plated silver medallion inset) awarded to runners who broke 24 hours in a race that started Saturday morning at 5 a.m. The Tahoe Rim Trail course is challenging, to say the least. Just consider that the start/finish at Spooner Lake is located at just over 7,000 feet. The highest point in the course is 9,000 feet, north of Snow Valley Peak. It was a great course and it was actually nice to run a race close to home, Peitzsch said. This race came together pretty well. I had a few stomach issues earlier in the day, but other than that, my body held up pretty well.Running a sub-24 hour time was one of his goals.I had it in the back of my mind as far as my pace, Peitzsch said. When I left the next-to-last aid station at Snow Valley Peak, I was a little off schedule. I was over 15 minutes off, I just made up a lot of time in the last seven miles.There were no serious problems at the end, even though he was running in the dark of night.Its a pretty technical section, but I know the trail pretty well and that helped a lot, he said.For Peitzsch, the time was an improvement of more than three hours from his effort in mid-June at the Bighorn Mountain Wild & Scenic Run 100-miler in Sheridan, Wyo., where he finished 16th overall in 27:21:28. He also finished third overall at the Silver State 50-miler earlier this year in Reno.I just started running ultras, he said. It wasnt anything I ever did when I was in high school or college. I just kind of got hooked on it.Peitzsch is leaving Truckee later this summer and moving to Bozeman, Mont., to pursue his graduate work at Montana State University.His field of study is snow science.Its not well known, but its an interesting field, Peitzsch said. I worked ski patrol at Alpine Meadows. I have a passion for it, I wanted to do more with it, and they have a great program up there.Next on his running schedule, Peitzsch says he is looking at the Bear 100 on Sept. 22-23 in Preston, Idaho. Beyond that, he has missed out on the Western States 100 lottery the last two years, but is looking forward to running the event for the first time next year, if all goes well.

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