RCHS Cross Country Dillon Run
By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Rock Canyon Cross Country
Cody Jaramillo, a RCHS sophomore, was one of more than 20 boys, along with 15 girls participating this year. Most of the runners are on this year’s junior varsity and varsity cross country teams. While Jaramillo enjoys the friends he has made in cross country, the mountain scenery and views of the reservoir are his favorite part of this run. Crossing the finish line is his favorite aspect of any cross country race.
This event is more fun run and less race; nevertheless, the end is a welcome sight. The southeast portion of the Dillon Reservoir Loop trail skirts the side of Swan Mountain, with a cumulative elevation gain of about 500 feet at the Sapphire Point trailhead before descending toward the Town of Frisco.
The Jag trail runners started at the Dillon Reservoir marina and ended in downtown Frisco. Not a required team event, this summer tradition has a bonus of higher elevation training, with the Dillon-Frisco area sitting at roughly 9,000 feet above sea level.
Participants had a little more than two hours scheduled to complete the 12.5-mile run, then an additional couple of hours for lunch and walking Main Street Frisco before they headed back down the mountain toward home.