Canyons 100K:  Pamela Kropf

Canyons 100K: Pamela Kropf

What was your last race? My last race was The Canyons Endurance Runs 100k held in Foresthill, CA in late April, 2019. 

How far was the current race? Was it a new distance? The distance was a 100k though the actual mileage is listed as 63.5 miles. No, it was not a new distance for me. I've run this race twice before as well as 2 other 100k distance races. 

How long have you been running consistently? I've been running consistently since about 1996 (after years of team sports) but did not start doing races until I moved to California in 1999. I ran my first ultra in 2010 shortly before my oldest turned two years old. I started with marathons (I've run 16 marathons, 4 100ks, 5 50 milers, 9 50ks). I do mostly trails runs/races but will once a year or two, do a road marathon. 

What made you sign up for this race? Terrain, location, recommendation? I signed up for this race mostly for the location, as it is close to home. The course is also on the historic Western States Trail which is always a blast to run on and it was a Western State lottery qualifying race. 

bottom right, Pamela runs with her daughter on her first 5k.

bottom right, Pamela runs with her daughter on her first 5k.

What did you eat the most of at the aid stations? I don't generally take food from the aid-stations because I have celiac (gluten) and I am a plant-based but when I have to resort to aid-station fare, it is usually fruit (oranges, watermelons or grapes) and occasionally potatoes or even potato chips if I know and can see that they are gluten-free. I carry a lot of my own fuel in my pack or leave in drop bags. 

High moment? My high moment during Canyons was probably after the half-way mark when my energy started to come back and I was bombing the downhills pretty easily. I passed a lot of people here and finally caught up to my training partner Shawn which was a lot of fun. We ended up running the rest of the race together and crossing the finish line together. It was his first ever 100k so that was pretty neat to experience. 

Low moment? My low moment definitely was climbing four miles up out of  the El Dorado canyon. I lost a lot of energy right at the start of the climb and it was still very early in the race. I had to dig deep and keep moving. It was also super hard because you had cross traffic of all the leaders running down right towards you so it was a lot of stopping, starting, moving off to the side of the trail and getting out of the way. It took a lot of extra energy to manage this section than is normal in a lot of races. 

Do you listen to music? If yes, what's your song of the moment? No, I never listen to music when trail running. There are way too many amazing sounds out there. Birds, people's laughter, the sound of a creek or river. Music is not needed for me to enjoy running ever. 

Would you do this race again? I would do this race again though I really hope the cross traffic situation gets figured out some how because it definitely adds a mental element to the race but I can't deny the proximity to home makes this super appealing. 

What race is next? My next race is the Broken Arrow Sky Race in Tahoe as part of a family trip in late June. 

What shoes did you wear? I wear Topo Athletic's Ultraventures - the best shoes around and I wear Injinji toe socks. 

What race vest did you use? I run with the Salomon S Lab vest. I love it for all the pockets and storage that it provides. 

Favorite local running store/brand/community? I have so many it is hard to pick favorites. I love the guys at the Auburn Aid-Station store in Auburn, I love my local Fleet Feet Folsom store as well. I wear primarily Rabbit clothes when I run because I love that they are made in the USA and is a company run by two women (though I wish they made longer shorts! ). I love the Trail Sisters Community that was started by Gina Lucrezi, my Sage Running Community created by Sandi Nypaver and Sage Canaday and of course my training friends that I run and laugh with all the time on the trails with every weekend. The running and ultra running community is huge and one of the kindest and most supportive communities I have ever been a part of, it's awesome. 

Dream running destination? Race or holiday. Dream running/racing destination has forever been Australia. I have wanted to visit there for as long as I can remember. Hopefully some day I will get there and can run and find some amazing trails. 

Thanks so much Pam! Follow more of her running adventures here. Pam also writes a blog about trail running + plant based living,

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