My personal race bib
One for Steve Ansell
One for Gilles Barbeau
One for Karyn Hoffman
One for Mike Hoffman
One for Jeffrey Genova
One for Mark Nassi
My running gear and drop bags
Race with 55 seconds to go
Race with 44 seconds to go
Dan Brenden #100
On our climb out of Squaw Valley
Push ourselves up
Karyn Hoffman and Rena Schumann
Sunrise on our climb
Bid farewell to Squaw Valley
Start to see snow patches up above
A string of runners
See more snow patches as we go higher
Crossing our first snow patch
Charles Blakney just in front of me
Crossing a small meadow
First aid station is in sight
Arriving at Encarpment aid station (mile 3.5). The very steep climb is just ahead.
Encarpment aid station (mile 3.5)
Encarpment aid station (mile 3.5) in sunrise
The very steep hill
Walk up the hill
Near the top - the highest of the course at Watson Monument (8,750ft)
Me at the top - the highest of the course at Waston Monument (8,750ft)
heading down from the top
Safety Patrol - Randall and ??
My hero Jamshid doing safety patrol
En route to Lyon Ridge stop
Take advantage of the downhill
Nice, gentle, pretty forest trail
Lyon Ridge aid station (mile 10.5) is ahead.
Lyon Ridge aid station (mile 10.5)
Leaving Lyon Ridge aid station
On a climb right after Lyon Ridge aid station
Into a forest on our way to Red Star Ridge aid station
Slow and patient on this climb
on a climb
Not far ahead is the top
It is the famous Cougar Rock?
Approaching Cougar Rock
One dangerous spot
Stephen Itano leads the runners
KiwiPaul passed me.
Sharon Broadwell from Norway ahead of me.
Through the burnt woods
More runners passing me, who is slowing down due to altitude and struggling with muscle cramp due to 20MPW training
Another climb ahead
Me keep smiling and positive
The experienced Kap'n Kirk leads a team coming.
Through burnt woods
The experienced Kap'n Kirk leads a team of runner.
Duncan Canyon aid station (mile 29.7), hosted by Quicksilver Running Club
Pierre and me, both in high spirited.
Always busy and helpful Duncan Canyon aid station. Leaving now.
On our way into Duncan Canyon
Full of cut down burnt trees
A small crossing, but the real and big one is ahead
Ouch, got two spots on my len.
Kap'n Kirk, my Fremont fellow
Arriving at Miller's Defeat aid station (mile 34.4+)
Passing a runner ??? en route to Dusty Corner
Arriving at Dusty Corner aid station (mile 38)
Me at Dusty Corner (mile 38)
One of the few who pass me in the canyon section
Leaving Last Chance aid station (mile 43.3)
The bridge right before the Devil's Thumb climb. Mike Hoffman showed me how to get into the creek.
Me and Mike in the creek
Mike enjoys the creek
Lying down is better
This is the best!!
Now it's time to do the brutal climb
Met Brian Wyatt after leaving Devil's Thumb
The cool and moisture site for Eldorado Creek aid station ( mile 52.9)
Me at Eldorado Creek aid station fixing things - chafing at thighs and nipples
Rocky Chuck river crossing at far side (mile 78.1)
Auburn Lake Trail aid station (mile 85.2)
Me at Auburn Lake Trail aid station (mile 85.2)
The magical 2nd sunrise
Carrie Sisk and her pacer Rick Gaston
The wonderful Brown Bar aid station (mile 89.9)
The skeleton guards the speaker outside the Brown Bar aid station (mile 89.9)
Another skeleton at Brown Bar
Babara Ashe and her wonderful pacer Dawn Infurna-Bean.
The high land between highway 49 and No hands bridge
Nattu Natraj waiting for his runner Zachary Keefer (#246) at No hands bridge aid station (mile 93.5)
Me refuel at No hands bridge aid station (mile 93.5)
Nattu Natrj and his runner Zachary Keefer
Lori Heinselman-Craig and her pacer
Elad Benjamin and his pacer. Behind is the Lori team.
Me at the awarding ceremony
Winners from the past years
Winners from past years
Overall winner - Hal Koener
Me receiving the award
Dennis Connor, my Ohlone fellow
Kap'N Kirk Boisseree, my Fremont fellow
Kristina Irvin receiving her 1,000 mile buckle
Jim King and AJW
Blisters on my left foot
Blisters on my right foot
My beautiful WSER buckle
That's all for my WSER09