It was one of those nights where it can't decide whether it is raining or snowing. In other words, a perfect night to dust off the Zeros! It may be the first time I've ever raced with a goretex shell on. However, the weather at Cabin Creek wasn't really that bad compared to the rain on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass, which was coming down so hard I had to drop the speed below 85mph. The weather reports kept all but a hardy six racers from showing up. The Momentum group skidaddled as soon as they saw the masters racers show up, saying things like, "Oh, look at the time," or "I'm wet. Can we go now?" The weather brought out some interesting moisture-loving wildlife. I came across six long-toed salamanders in the classic track. Perhaps they were organizing their own relay? Even a hellgramite wandered across the track in the stadium area. Not sure what body of water he came from or where he was headed...
The six racers formed three teams that corresponded to three divisions: men's, women's, and co-ed. It was an glorious night for Cabin Creek Headlamp Racing! Each team managed to win its division handily! After the race, racers retreated to the cabin to change clothes and participate in the awards ceremonies which included podium girls, large prize purses, solid gold trophies, lots of champagne spraying about (requiring another change of clothes), and a banquet attended by many guests and dignitaries (one of whom I had to pluck out of a mouse trap and dispose of).
The Spectacular Skiers: Delaney Jackson (age 10) and Gina Jackson, 48:04
The Sufferin' Skaters: Jon Fewster and Jeff Clark, 39:06
Fast/Chick: Joy Cordell and Chris Fast, 42:52