Sunny Sunday saw me dash along the shores of Lake Coeur D’Alene in the eponymously named town that sits along its northern edge. Marathon 58 and state 32 swiftly passed satisfactorily, if not swimmingly in 4:02 - my fastest time since January 2014.
After three marathons (Waco, Little Rock and Louisville) that featured rain (at times downpours), a race where no outerwear featured provided a chance to fully enjoy being outdoors. The Coeur D’Alene name - Heart of the Awl - refers to the French name applied to the local native American tribe. According to the official CDA website - http://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov - the native name of the tribe is Schitsu-umsh. That translates to “those who were found here” or “the discovered ones” and alternatively the tribe was known as the Old Ones. The French Canadian trappers appellation refers to the CDA tribe’s excellent skill with mercantile works and their shrewdness in trading. This is probably why the Schitsu-umsh were one of the wealthier groups in the northwest Americas. They settled various villages long lake Coeur D’Alene and the surrounding rivers. Today, just 2,000 number the population and they live off the revenue from a casino, tourism and government funds.
The race itself does very little (nothing) to actually refer to the native peoples. This may not be a true fault of the race but rather a comment on the community in general which is now a thriving tourist destination with plenty of seasonal residents from most of the western states. The town itself is compact and clean. The city area by the lake - where the race transited before heading south along the eastern shore - is full of wide paths and small streets. Quaint shops dot the streets and the residential areas looked pleasant. 70º degree weather and mostly clear skies I am sure contributed to this feeling. The day before the race, I walked along the lake shore and small beach, populated by many, many families enjoying the fine weather. Music played from various speakers and footballs and frisbees flied fleetly through the fresh air.