The California 100 is definitely a race on my bucket list. I cannot begin to describe the race in any detail because I have not done it but will someday. Unfortunately, the Cal 100 happens the same weekend as the Tahoe Cup Donner Lake Race, a race that typically kicks off the paddle race season in the Tahoe area. The Donner Race is one that I truly love and frankly hate to miss. After seeing photos, reading race recaps and hearing from fellow paddlers doing the Cal 100 it’s a must do.
Congratulations to everyone that completed the Cal 100, especially the standup paddlers who paddled standing up for 10, 12 and even 16 hours! Yes you read it right, there standup paddlers that were on the river for 16 and 17 hours. Impressive.
It was exciting to use the tracking site for the Cal 100 on the web (they had a cool live tracking site for when paddlers hit their checkpoints), you could see how folks were progressing down the course and of course Facebook provided fun updates throughout the day. The relay group to watch was the K4 with many paddlers that we all know from racing here in the Bay Area and in Tahoe. Paddlers such as Carter Johnson, Heidi Scoble, Frank Peronetto, Ben Sarrazin, Charlie and Linda Banfield, the list goes on and on. This team finished the Cal 100 race in a blazing 9:43, 100 miles in 9:43.