I'll sign on for this year's race being the best 3-way matchup ever. 2008 Footlocker was a very good field but did not have the ingredients this one does.
Temps forecast in the 20's at the start. Supposed to be a dry week so they will be running on a frozen track. Baxter has adjusted to the trip north in the past but I don't know if she has faced these kinds of temperatures before.
"These kinds of temperatures"? California gets into the 20s.[/quote]
Yeah, I know, I lived (and raced) there for a couple of decades. But (except when I was living at Tahoe) there was never a day with a high of 30 and a low of 19, which is the Portland forecast for Saturday.
High temp was 70 the day of Baxter's last race in Fresno, just a week ago. It will be an adjustment.