We were blessed with beautiful fall colors, moody skies and cool temps for our first Vertical K! With the majority of the 3,312′ ascent in the first 4.4 miles and a 5 mile descent, runners made it down to the finish and enjoyed Shorty’s legendary smoked pulled pork before the winds picked up!
Due to the terminal illness of a loved one, we cancelled the 52k race this year; but because the needs of the wildland firefighting community did not lessen, we decided to carry on with the Vertical K at a later date. Runners donated directly to the Eric Marsh Foundation, their $50 donation receipt served as their entry fee. Honestly, it was not easy to focus on the planning, seeking sponsors and promoting the event in the midst of mourning, as my father-in-law passed in early August. As a result, we had a very small field of runners, all of whom have participated in prior events, as either a runner or sweeps; all of whom who have generous hearts and donated above the required amount to ensure the race happened.
A special thank you to our volunteers, La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department for your continued time and dedication to making it a great event, large or small.