First group of photos taken at Stage Rd aid station
GAC Gang....Al Catalano on the right
Paula Washburn managing the Stage Rd aid table
Michael Hall in his Red Pepper shots...someone obviously wants them!
"Sherpa" John Lacroix
Laurel Valley of Maine
Some horse and runner action
More of the same
Jeff Washburn, who so dearly wants to run Vermont again
Martha Gilford and Jeff
The man behind the cowbell....want more cowbell!
Joe Hayes of Maine looking great
The runner I'll be pacing, Bob Dunfey of Maine
Bob hydrating....but not enough.
More on that later
Our Hardrocker friend from Texas, Paul Tidmore.
Paul's mom tending to his needs on this increasingly warm day
"I feel like s**t"
"There, there, Paul, you're going to be fine"
Chris Shanley from Ma., trying to finish his first.
The one and only John Geesler coming into Camp Ten Bear #1, about mile 47
Nick Palazzo was doing the check in of runners at CTB
Some horses coming into CTB
Tom Page of Maine
Many horses...the riders were thanking us for the applause
The young lady I was "supposed" to pace, Patty Duffy and her dog, Caymus.
Michael Hall coming into CTB 1 apparently joining in on the applause for he
Mike's pit crew working away...he ended up running a fantastic 22+ hours for his first 100 finish
Norm Sheppard coming into CTB1, Norm also ran great...
Laurel Valley getting weighed in at CTB 1...it was now getting too warm!
Laurel, always smiling
The line at the weighing in station at CTB 1
More weighing in
Jeff Hammond of NH about to get weighed in, he obviously feels good!
John getting weighed
Jeannie Peckiconis and Patty Duffy
The infamous Jim Garcia talking with Jean
Joe Hayes, always smiling in his ugly yellow shirt
( that's a joke between Joe and Deb)
Paul Tidmore coming into CTB 1, he wouldn't make it out of CTB#2 later on with blisters and cramping....and he's a Texas boy!
Bob Dunfey coming into CTB 1
Bob getting weighed
...and there he goes to his almost undoing...on the always hot Camp Ten Bear loop
51 year old Jack Pilla from VT. coming into CTB #2 in first place
Jack feels great and will go on to win in 16+ hours.
Laurel leaving Tracer Brook, about mile 57, feeling great still
The GAC gang at Tracer Brook
A happy Norm leaving Tracer Brook
Horses drinking from a small pond at Tracer Brook, it was hot now...but was showing signs of colling down.
Hey, my turn!
Joe escorted by Gilly into Tracer Brook, still smiling
Tracer Brook aid station....Bob is running late and I'm killing time
Bob doesn't look so good coming into Tracer Brook
Bob "REALLY" doesn't look good sitting in Tracer Brook
Ok, after a lot of things happening here is Bob at West Winds aid station, around mile 77.
Zeke Zucker in the background, he's aid captain.
Bob running around first light with my Wasatch Speedgoat jacket on....he got cold during the night and didn't have a jacket, so as a dutiful pacer I gave him mine and froze! ;-)
Mt Ascutney in the background
Moon and star at first light
Mist rising from a farmer's field
Some first light scenery shots follow, Deb would tell me to notice the orange light on the back of the fence
Very cool old building we passed
Other side or front of that same old building, probably an old barn
Sample of the road type we were running off and on all day. This is packed dirt
A nice Farm in Vermont
Bob....still wearing my jacket, struggling to get up yet another hill, it looks flat but believe me, it's a hill.
I just liked this....that's Ascutney again.
Another Ascutney shot, what a view these people had
No caption needed....this is the road leading to the Bill's aid station, mile 88+
We had some sort of company all day long
Inside of Bill's in action late in the race, it's about 6AM
More Ascutney from Bill's front lawn
One last look at Bill's before I have to run hard to catch up to a now very awake and running every step, Bob Dunfey!
...and there he goes!
Some runners we just passed
Bob passed about 18 runners, about 36 counting pacers from first light to the finish (approx 3.5 hours).
Some farm equipment waiting for the workday
More runners behind that we just passed, Bob's on a tear!
This guy just made me think of our favorite race, the Hardrock Hundred in Colorado.
Moose about to attack, this was in someone's front yard...a watch moose made of scraps of metal
Jean Peckiconis pacing Karsten Soltheim, 72 year's young. He now is the oldest Vermont finisher and just got in with minutes to spare.
THE LAST AID STATION!!! 4.5 MILES TO GO!!!
Bob's already running down the road...
...and there he goes!
That's Paige and her pacer boyfriend he's about to go by
I like this
Some runners we just passed, this guy was "the" most stubborn runner I saw all day, He refused to let Bob go by until Bob just surged more than he was able to...this guy was running every hill, making it hard for Bob to get by him ;-)
Can you find the American Flags hiding in this photo?
This is with about 3/4 of a mile to go and Bob has 10 minutes to get under 29 hours, he ran every hill!
Bob crossing the line in 29:55
Now stopping to pose in front of the finish, what a gutsy run he had!
a retired Jim Garcia (who paced Tom Page today) and it was the first time he ran this year and Don Allison, who also paced someone.
Paige thanks her boyfriend and pacer who helped get her in to finish her first 100
Paige giving Michael Hall a hug for convincing her to switch from the 100K to the 100 mile.
These are the Red Chili Pepper shorts people.
First woman, Stephanie Case from New York and her pacer from Canada.
Stephanie wore this flowing dress because she had a total body chafe.
Tom Page in the background trying to not be in the shot
Bob after getting his finisher's plaque.