Kyle Williams (no photo available) of Walnut Creek, CA, a suburb of the greater San Francisco Bay, has eclipsed the running record to the of Half Dome in Yosemite and back from Happy Isles. Kyle came in at a blazing 2:23:51. This is a huge difference from the previous runners.
Sunday, September 28, was the date – yes, he held a permit. The ranger at Sub Dome cooperated and sped him through the check-in process. He admitted that the 400 vertical feet up Sub Dome was a killer. Ditto for all us hikers.
The record had been held by Rickey Gates at 2:28:18. Gates time was almost a tie with the previous holder, Ryan Ghelfi, who clocked in at 2:30:50. Almost a tie.
This is no real “sanctioned” competition, just the honor system where you punch your own watch. Also, the start and turn-around spots are not defined to the nano-rock. The crux of the run (in addition to Sub Dome) is Little Yosemite Valley, where the nearly one mile of sand bogs you down. He did not say if he went outside the logged line trail there. A light rain the night before made the sand firm, similar to the sand near the water at Santa Cruz.
He powered himself with Shot Bloks, a CLIF product. A good endorsement for the electrolyte replenishing gel. This paid off during the harrowing jaunt down the Mist Trail. It was dry, which helped. He got down them in about 18-minutes.
If you wonder how long it took him to get up the cables, his time was less than 4-minutes. My best time was 7 ½ . . . about 22 years ago! He’s 21. Whew. He wasn’t even born yet!
Credit to Tom Lambert for providing this info.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You gotta run, run, run, run, run – take a drag or two. Run, run, run, run, run. Gypsy Death and you. – Velvet Underground
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com