A blinding sun belies the fact that all of these fine people are freezing their firm and shapely buttocks off.
Just about to start. It always amazes me how difficult it is to get 30+ people to face in one direction for two seconds so I can snap a photo. Then again, runners are not known for attention spans, excepting they be short and easily lost.
If you want to be certain that there is plenty to eat at a race, make sure the director is firmly in the Clydesdale category. We may not run fast, but we can eat our own bodyweight during a race, and we delight in seeing others make the attempt, though we know they will fail.
Ah, the essence of speed in it's purest form, and with smile and thumbs up to boot. Nice.
Somehow we are back at the starting line before the race. Maybe I should have checked the order I uploaded the pics in, but it's too late now. Fate has spoken.
A returning champion athlete makes it look effortless on this rare flat patch of earth.
Tearing up the course, pushing the downhills hard, hoping like hell they don't trip and fall. That's what it's all about.
"Hey cameraman, get out of the way, fool!"
His quads will not be thanking him tomorrow.
Neither will his.
A fellow RD proves again that when it comes to the Fells he has what it takes (but what exactly is he taking, and why?).
Happy, happy, joy, joy! It's time for some serious careening!
It's the first loop, and life is good. For now. Goodness is about to go bye-bye.
Hammering the course, enjoying some soft pine needles. They would be softer if they didn't have sharp rocks poking up out of them.
Risking looking up briefly to smile while hoping the roots below do not suddenly move and cause much mischief.
Just another great day to be outside, even with the freezing cold and whipping winds. That's what the beard is for, my man.
Sporting shoes with at least one foot of "Moon Ride Bounce House style" cushioning. Wheee!!!
Another RD coming out to play. I am actually rather flattered. Thanks, fellow RD's!
Stretching the back, hoping it might feel better for it. Sadly, it does not.
Smiles and focused determination. Also, a magical purplish rainbow. It is a sign from Iris who shows her approval of this race. Thanks, Iris!
This may possibly be the best photo I have ever taken in my life. About time I took one that wasn't 100% amateurish.
I traditionally always take a photo from this spot. Compare it to the next one.
Whoah. What a mind-blowing experience. I advise sitting down and having some water now for the next fifteen minutes until your heart stops racing and your mind feels calm.
The man climbs mountains like unto a Puma. A true Trail Animal.
One of the cool finishing prizes my wife made. Each was unique, as well as one of a kind. Thanks to all who attending the First of the TARC trail series. Hope to see you at some of the others!