12 Hours of Sunlight

christy mahon, ted mahon, 12 hours of sunlight

Our race ended here, when Christy finished her 10th lap. She lost no time beginning the rehydrating process..

Saturday was the Sunlight Endurance Challenge, a.k.a. the 12 Hours of Sunlight.

Last year, Christy and I managed to win the co-ed relay division of this unique uphill/downhill race. Despite a pretty thin field with only a few teams competing, it was still a really close finish against our friends from town, Lyndsay Meyer and Adam Frisch. After twelve hours and 20 laps up and down the 1,500 vertical foot course, only 3 minutes separated us.

This year didn’t quite pan out the same. Like 2011, Adam and Lyndsay took the lead from the start, but instead of a come-from-behind finish on our behalf, they simply added to their lead on us with each lap, and finished the clear winners. Nice job out there, Team Frisch-Meyer. Results can be found here.

You can’t win them all, obviously. Actually, Christy and I rarely win anything outright. We simply like to go out for the challenge of the events, which is our motivation for taking on much of what we do. We do some things simply for the training miles/hours. If we’re feeling strong, we’ll take some events more seriously, but don’t pressure ourselves too much. Still, other events are on our calendar because we’d like to do as best we can, i.e. the Grand Traverse or Hardrock 100. And no matter how they all turn out, at the end of a summer/winter season we’ve accrued– among other things– a lot of fitness, a good amount of experience, a few T-shirts and goodie bags, some sore knees, a little dehydration, and a whole bunch of good memories (at least once the suffering is forgotten).

And besides, second place isn’t too shabby. Hopefully the 19 laps we did as a team will help us with the Aspen/Snowmass Power of Four race this weekend. I guess we’ll just see how it goes. I bet it will be just fine.

REI Gear Shop
Check out the online exclusives at

4 comments to 12 Hours of Sunlight

  • Rod Nash/ Arlene Edwards

    19 laps; yaahoo. In Creested Butte our 7 Hours (1 ski lift day, March 4)) has been moved from the Banana (steep, extreme avalanche chute) a cut run in the regular ski area. It looks like 10 minutes up and 30 seconds down. Danger Mouse and I would like to know how we can help you at this end of the Grand Traverse. She’ll be here; I may not as I have a chance to run the Salt River down on the Sonoran Desert if there is runnable water. Her duplex and my condo should both be available for naps or what you need. When do you arrive here etc. Hugs. Rod and Arlene.

  • Nice work, Mahons. Definitely all about the good times, sense of accompishment, and memories. K & I will have to join in on that race next year.

    Just curious, but what constitutes a lap? The skin up and then ski down? Or is it just the skin up?

  • ted

    A full up and down lap. When you get to the bottom, they scan a bar code on your bib, and the clock starts for the next partner, at least in the duo-relay category. Solo and firedrill teams go whenever they want, but a lap is still completed at the bottom.

    Next year.

  • ted

    Thx Rod. We haven’t figured out our plans for the GT, yet. Salt River trip sounds like a hoot.

Leave a Reply