Former Cherokee star Megan Lacy won her second straight title Saturday at the grueling Race to Robie Creek, a half-marathon up and down a mountain in Boise, Idaho.
Lacy was the first woman across the line and finished ninth overall out of more than 2,000 starters. She averaged 7:03 per mile to the summit, which appears to be about about 8 1/2 miles.
She then averaged 5:28 for the approximately 4 1/2 downhill portion from the summit to the finish line.
Overall, she covered the extremely challenging 13.1-mile test in a remarkable 1:25:17, which broke the women’s course record for the chip-timing era of 1:26.44, set in 2009 by Cori Mooney. There is a hand-timed record of 1:23.52 for Mooney from 1998.
Lacy, now living in Boise, finished only about 10 minutes behind overall winner Greg Montgomery, who ran 1:15.47 to win the men’s division.
Last year, Lacy won the women’s division in 1:33.46 and finished 19th overall.
The course begins at Fort Boise Park and after a short flat loop it begins the ascent up Shaw Mountain Road and Rocky Canyon Road before it reaches Aldape Summit at 4,845 feet. The rest is downhill, finishing at Robie Creek Park.
The course starts at 2,746 feet above sea level and finishes at 3,134 feet for a net gain of about 400 feet.
Here’s a great mile-by-mile description of the course: https://runsignup.com/Race/RacetoRobieCreek/Page-10
Lacy ran 10:22.02 for 3,200 meters and 16:50.75 for 5,000 meters at Cherokee and won state Group 4 titles in XC and on the track and 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She was also a two-time scholastic All-America. She ran for Stanford before finishing her collegiate eligibility at Boise State, where she has remained.
She was runner-up in the 5,000 at the USATF Junior Nationals in the spring of 2013 and raced at NCAA XC nationals twice for the Cardinal.