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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Beaver Creek NATRA Polar Bear Plunge!

12 NATRA runners headed up to the Beaver Creek Pools and were entertained as Sabrina, Mark and Steve jumped into the frigid waters of Beaver Creek!

As we headed up the trail we checked on the 1000 year old petroglyphs and visited the large pueblo ruins that were abandoned about 700 years ago. Once at the pools everyone enjoyed watching Steve, Sabrina and Mark take their plunges into the pools. David and Bruce provided the heckling as Steve was the first to strip down and jump in. Following Mark's lead, Sabrina was the last to jump. See the above video. As we began our return, I overstepped onto a sandstone ledge and snapped a calf muscle. It felt like someone stabbed me with the tip of an agave plant. Quote of the day to my pal David who pointed out "well, at least you didn't injure it at the farthest point away from the trailhead!"....nope it wasn't. That was 5 feet earlier. David of course helped me hobble the 4 miles back to the trailhead keeping me entertained all the way home. Download photos from today's run!
Download Bruce Higgins' photos.


  1. That was fun! Thanks for the inspiration Steve, I wasn't sure that made sense but since you went for it I had to! And that inspired Sabrina! The water was only chilly - frigid is too strong a term! And with the adrenalin flowing from the three plus mile run to get there, it didn't even seem that cold once I was back out of the water. OK, 3 of 12 runners or 25 percent participation. Next year, let's see 50 percent (hopefully it will be a warmer day)! Rhi, Neil, Bruce, Janie, Dave, Craig,... you know you can do it! Neil, I hope your calf muscle isn't badly injured - and that it heals up soon! Microspike season is suddenly here!

  2. I can't believe I can't go cross country skiing!!!! The calf muscle is the one I push with....ouch!