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The Mammoth Endurance Crib offers pro athletes free lodging & opportunity to train at altitude
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The Mammoth Endurance Crib Offers Elite Athletes Free Lodging and the Perfect Opportunity for High-Altitude Training in a Spectacular Alpine Setting

Pro-runners, cyclists and triathletes who want to have access to one of the world's most challenging and spectacular training grounds can take advantage of the Mammoth Endurance Crib at Snowcreek Resort at Mammoth. The luxury condominium sleeps 8 and will serve as a complimentary endurance basecamp for athletes who want to spend a week training at altitude.

Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra are quickly becoming a West Coast training mecca. The wide variety of roads and trails amidst spectacular scenery attract professional cyclists and runners, while alpine lakes add the opportunity for triathletes to hone open water swim skills. In fact, many of the most elite runners in the world already call Mammoth Lakes home, including:
· 2009 New York Marathon champion and 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi
· 2004 Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor
· Josh Cox, who recently broke his own 50k US record
· Triathlete Chris Lieto, who finished 2nd at the 2009 Ironman World Championships, has used Mammoth as high altitude training base

The Mammoth Endurance Crib provides the perfect opportunity to experience an area that has a wide appeal for elite athletes, whether a runner, a cyclist or a triathlete.

A Runner's Paradise
Dozens of training routes reveal the splendor of the area's geological activity and keep runners' minds off their burning lungs. Some favorite runs used by the area's Olympic runners and marathoners include challenging pavement and dirt runs such as The Inyo Craters Loop (a favorite of Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi), The Lakes Basin at 9,000 feet above sea level, Shady Rest Park to Mammoth Rock Trail (a favorite of Josh Cox) and Laurel Pond, an ideal option for track runners such as Olympian Jen Rhines who enjoy running multiple loops. When athletes are finished with their training, they can hop in the water of a nearby mountain stream to cool off their legs.

Cycling with a View
Competitive cyclists can choose from an unlimited array of training routes. The Route 120 Loop, an 111-mile ride, features fun woopty dos on the northern part of Hwy. 120 along with expansive views of the Sierra Nevada. June Lake Loop passes alpine lakes, waterfalls and towering mountain peaks on this moderately steep ride. Upper Rock Creek Canyon, a steep uphill, 10-mile ride, follows Rock Creek into the Sierra Nevada mountains, past groves of aspen trees up to 10,000 feet above sea level and Rock Creek Lake. On the Minaret Vista Ride, peddle from the town of Mammoth Lakes on a moderate uphill ride to a spectacular view of one of the area's signature ranges—The Minarets, a jagged ridgeline that dominates the skyline.

Triathletes Taking the Plunge
In addition to training on the many running and cycling routes, triathletes have their choice of dozens of pristine lakes in which to swim. June Lake, home of the annual June Lake Triathlon, is an ideal choice due to its calm waters.

For more information about the Mammoth Endurance Crib, contact Chris Lyman at chris@lymanpr.com or 707-256-3948. For more information about Mammoth Lakes, visit http://www.VisitMammoth.com.
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