Sunrise over the Zumbro Bottomlands
Bill Pomerenke setting up the coffee system at the Start/Finish/Aid Station #5. Thanks Matt P and Peet's Coffee!
Gathering for the start of Zumbro 100
Rick Bothwell, Wayne Nelson
John Storkamp (race director) giving the race briefing.
And they are off....
No one is in a big hurry when there is 100 miles of hilly trail to traverse.
Phlox species (possibly Meadow Phlox, Phlox maculata). New flower species for me. Quite widespread along the old rail road bed.
Mertensia/Virginia Bluebells/Virginia Cowslip (Mertensia virginica). Also quite widespread. A sure sign of spring.
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
Anemone species (Wood Anemone/Windflower, Anemone quinquefolia). Widespread along the rail road bed near the river.
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). Scattered pockets on the banks along the old rail road bed.
White Trout Lily/White Adder's Tongue (Erythronium albidum)
White Trout Lily
White Trout Lily - a nice view of the mottled leaves.
Buttercup species (Ranunculus).
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). It was an overcast day, so most of the flowers were not open. I found one specimen open enough to get a peek at the pink veining.
Rick Bothwell coming into Aid Station #3
Wayne Nelson coming into Aid Station #3
Bellwort species (Uvularia). I kept calling these bellflowers during the race - can only blame it on sleep deprivation and rustiness with my plant ID skills (always takes me a few days to get my skills back in early spring).
A look into the flower
Wayne and Rick coming into the Start/Finish/Aid Station #5
Zumbro River near the West Assembly area (between Aid Station #4 and Aid Station #5 aka Start/Finish area).
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
White Trout Lily. In this series of photos I was trying to capture the subtle blue coloration of the petals.
Buttercup species (Ranunculus)
Rick Bothwell in the final mile of the Zumbro 100. The race is on!
Sprint to the finish
Rick had been having some shin pain during the race. This discoloration developed in the last loop of the race. A similar thing happened to another ultra runner during a 100 mile event.