This week I headed up to Mammoth to spend some time with Andrew and Deena Kastor and Josh Cox. I wanted to hear more about the Mammoth Track Club and learn about the track that Andrew and Deena are building there. Deena and Andrew graciously hosted me at their beautiful rental condo, which is an amazing place to stay, particularly if you’re a runner. When she’s in town she likes to stop by and talk running with people staying there. Nothing like picking up some tips from an Olympic bronze medalist and winner of both the London and Chicago Marathons.
Deena and Andrew are in the process of creating a high altitude training mecca in Mammoth. A lot of college and high school kids already travel there in the summer to take advantage of the epic running conditions. But the whole altitude training scene in Mammoth is going to blow up as soon as the track is done. The first phase of the project is funded and about to break ground. Deena took me on a tour of the site, and it’s really going to be amazing. The setting is spectacular, and runners will be able to do track workouts at 7,000’ year round. I can imagine runners from all over the world flying in to take advantage of this set up.
I was also able to spend some time with Josh Cox and his lovely wife Carrie. I have long followed Josh on Twitter. He really understands how to build a community around running. He’s also now sponsored by K-Swiss, the footwear and apparel partner of the Honda LA Marathon. By extension, Josh is now part of our tribe, which is exciting. We’re already brainstorming about fun projects we can do. Loved his energy and passion.
After that it was off the the Wild Wild West trail run in Lone Pine. I couldn’t stop taking pictures as I drove down the Owens Valley. IMHO one of the most beautiful drives in the world. More about my trail run experience in the next post.