Patty and KZ at a very dark start
Group of hikers in front of me...they aren't runners yet.
Brian McNeill of the VHTRC, who went on to finish
Army of hikers behind me...
Patty Duffy started out nice and slow, keeping her HR below 135 most of the day. She finished in 33 hours.
Patty and Rob Hill
Stopped to take a rock out of my shoe and I'm now last...
Patty and Marty up ahead of me
Looking back down into Logan, Utah
Some hill over yonder
Some nice views now that we're at the top of the first climb
More...Utah is a beautiful state
Trail ahead with runners in the early morning light
KZ, Patty and Marty come up behind me
The cows were early and often this year
Getting sunny out
KZ hiking up ahead
He finished, but over the time limit
Brian McNeill in front of Celeste, who was the last official finisher just under 35 hours.
That is determination and what ultrarunning is all about!
The woman directly in front of me is from Florida and was cold...
Allen Holtz ahead of me going into aid station #1 at 10 miles.
Allen went on and finished...
Brian, ? and Allen about to go down the first big downhill of the day
...and there they go...
Colors are beginning as we near Fall.
That white dot you see in the center is the next aid station, Leatham Hollow, mile 20...we have an incredible downhill run on a nice trail to there coming up soon.
Patty ahead of me heading into Leatham Hollow.
Patty and I ran together most of the day, both staying under our HR's of 135, until I started faltering from the heat and Vertigo.
Runners ahead of me leaving Leatham Hollow.
It was less than three miles to the next aid station, but a long ways uphill in the heat after that one.
Some kids who were leading us into the next aid station at mile 22+
Someone else then ran over to get in the picture ;-)
Bill Rideg and his GF, Quincie leading him...Brian in the background
All three finished the race
Nice trail, but it was all uphill
Patty up ahead climbing strong
This cow was a little irate, coming up on the trail to chase runners away
Just left another aid station....it was getting really hot now and for that reason always hated this aid station
Just below the aid station, runners heading up the road in the hot sun now after noon.
Cody, who I talked into running this race after sharing the trail with him at the Speedgoat 50K.
Cody ran well, finishing in 30 hours. This was his first 100.
Leaving the Right Hand Fork aid, mile 36+ and heading to Temple Fork, mile 45.
Head was beginning to spin here, wasn't sure if it was the heat or the Vertigo coming back.
A nice waterfall I wanted to jump in and lie under
Hot, western trails
A cowboy/cowgirl photo for Deb
Yes, there is a trail there somewhere
That's Andrew Barney, who just ran past....he finished.
A poor fox that didn't make it
Now on the trail along the Logan river heading into Temple Fork.
I now know that the Vertigo I experienced at Hardrock is back...my day is doomed.
Temple Fork, mile 45+.
My head is spinning and I described it to some as trying to walk across a suspension bridge as it swings side to side.
I had some soup and coke, dropped out, went up on the highway and hitchhiked back to my car in Logan. A guy and his 2 teenage sons picked me up that were fixing their roof all day at their cottage on Bear Lake. They were questioning my/our sanity and I was, too!
Cody on the left getting ready to head to Tony Grove, mile 51...all uphill for 6 miles.
This is now the next day and I drove to the last aid station, Ranger Dip, to see Patty and KZ and hopefully help them and others continue on to the finish.
Looking behind me, this is where the runners will be going, up to the left.
Bear Lake to my right, the finish is down there.
Some runners coming towards me down a steep, dusty hill.
I believe that was Larry Hall and his wife Beth, who both finished.
...and there they go, Larry struggling with double vision and Beth with a stomach issue.
This is a difficult sport, more for some than others.
Some bikers flying up the trail where runners will be coming down from.
The route the runners will be taking.
Very pretty, but none of them will notice, I didn't remember any of this from last year.
Bear Lake again from an overlook
Steep downhill, then a little uphill. Some runners coming towards me...I am now about 1.5 miles out from the aid station, around mile 90.
Runners actually running down a steep hill
Many more...these were around the 32-34 hour finishers
Andrew, who had passed me around mile 42, looking strong.
This runner was running right behind me all day until he went by at Temple Fork
And here comes Patty!
She had some sleep issues during the night and had to crash on the side of the trail several times, but finished her first Bear very well in a time of 33:30.
...and there she goes running down the trail, one of the few who ran this section.
Now back at Ranger Dip aid station, mile 92.
Tina Ure leaving in front...
The aid station captain and his kids manned the aid station
Quincie and Bill
Mark Heaphy helping Bill get his pack on.
Mark was crewing his wife, Margaret and Allie Wood, who Margaret was pacing.
Bill insisted on this photo
I think the kids ran the show here!
Mark helping Margaret as they leave
Allie and Margaret leaving the aid station.
They had only a few hours to do the last section of around 8 miles....going to be tough, but they did it.
Here comes KZ
KZ had 2:20 to get in, which was really going to be difficult for him. He fell asleep just outside of the aid station and came in, in 37:05 an hour after the official finish...but he still finished the Bear 100!
Now at the finish and looking for my and KZ's drop bags.
The Bear 100 finish
Brian McNeil finishes in 34:37
I'm waiting in line for my trout and shrimp...there was plenty!
Brian minutes after finishing
Allan Holtz finished in 33:52
Leland, RD, watches Cheryl Meltzer and Marty Fritzhand, who just finished.
Marty finishes in 34:50 at age 67
Karl Meltzer and his wife, Cheryl, who just finished in 34:50.
Karl and Marty under the finish banner
Doug Seaver finishes his first 100 with his kids at his side
Marty just refused to leave the finish line ;-)
In comes KZ, first unofficial finisher in 37:05
KZ had to stand in front of the banner for the picture at 6'5.5"
KZ and Chuck Wilson.
Chuck had another bad day at the Bear, having to stop at mile 75.
Awards are starting
KZ gets him some trout!
Last year it would have been gone by now, this year there was more than enough of everything...
The twin towers...KM and KZ