Here’s the overview of how the Rockhoppers did at the Shoe. You have already heard from Liza (way to persevere), Robert and Rich. The big news was Rachel and Jean finishing 1-2 for women in the 60k race. They ran the whole way together. They came in at the 30k mark and were told they were 1st and 2d female. They kept pushing the pace to ensure no one caught them. Rachel ended up first with a 8:11 and Jean had a 8:12. Excellent times on that course.Jean won the 60k series for the women and Rachel was 2d. Great job ladies!!!!
I came in with Jean and Rachel at the 30k point but the engine overheated and I couldn’t hang. I ran a 8:40. Larry took it easy in prep for Wasatch in 2 weeks and had a 8:48. I don’t know Tim’s exact time but he paced it really smart and kept up a good attitude despite going a mile off course. This was a tough race and one I could not imagine doing as my first ultra. He should be very proud.
In the 30k, Brian had an awesome race and felt great the whole time running a 3:36. Eric Herzog ran a little over 3. Eric wasn’t real happy with his race but was a big help in assisting us get in and out of main aid station after loop 2. Zoe (Rachel’s daughter) and Ellen (Tim’s girlfriend successfully completed the 10k and seemed to enjoy the experience. The slippery slope has begun!!!
Okay onto the usual highlights, anecdotes, and tidbits
– Robert already talked about the course some. I would describe the course as the offspring of Mcallister and Gov’t Canyon. Twisty, turny with some rocks, roots and rollers thrown into the mix. The low trees were a hug pain. I have several scratches and did not enjoy running hunched over for a lot of it. Having said that there were some sections where I was feeling energetic (mainly on my 2d loop that I really enjoyed running).
– One weird thing about the course was there was a frequent mix of some surprisingly cool spots and then other areas that were hot and stifling. Kinda bizarre.
– They did a good job of keeping ice at Aid Stations. Except there was a moment where the 1st Aid Station had no ice and water was hot. Not pleasant.
– The 60k series with the night running and heat was one of hardest things I have ever done. Rather do Cactus 100 anyday. Huge kudos to Jean, Rachel and Larry for finishing 60k series. This is the 2d year that Jean finished the series.
– I fell 3 times, Jean fell 3 times, and Rachel twice. Most falls happened on 2d 30k. I fell so hard one time that my water bottle flew about 20 yards and it took me a couple of minutes to find it.
– There was a 21 year old kid named David Mis that did the series. David is a real nice guy. He did all 3 races wearing long plaid cotton shorts and a white cotton t-shirt. Plans to do Cactus. Said he would wear Jeans if it got cold. Likes running in streetclothes.
– Josue Stephens was doing 60k in Vibrams and apparently hurt foot bad on a rock and had to drop. The irony is at the beginning of race Josue was thinking about running Cactus 100 in the Vibrams. He may be rethinking that.
– Speaking of barefoot. About 4 miles into 2 loop (mile 13-14) I came across a guy walking barefoot carrying running shoes. He said he decided to drop from 60k to 30k so he wanted to enjoy the rest of race by walking barefoot.
– I went the whole race without my Ipod crapping out. I bought a waterproof armband that swimmers use and it made a big a difference. Tim on the other hand had a multiple Ipods crap out. No word if his pity party matched mine.
– Larry and I played leapfrog a lot. The amazing thing is I never saw Larry pass me but then I would see him up ahead. It got annoying. He claims he went quietly by me while I was dousing myself with water at Aid Stations.
Ok here is the big news. Joe was telling me on Sep 1 the Huntsville Park Supt (or whatever his title is) will become the head of GC. Joe and him are good friends. Could we see a more runner friendly GC with races???? Could be.
If I missed anything feel free to chime in. Oh yeah, I finally got to eat a post race burger!!!!!! Yes!!!!