As we walk towards the start, the early morning sun shines on the Sawatch Range, which will be our view all day.
Near the start, runners gather
Inside the building just prior to the start of the race.
Kevin's PEK (performance enhancing Kokopelli)
Same for me and Deb...and they did help!
About to start...
...and off we go, that's Kevin Z right ahead of me
Kevin (left) hanging near me
Kev fell back a bit...
Runners one switch behind
We were moving fairly well...
my goal was to run as even splits as possible for a 10.5 hour finish, which would give me the over 60 CR.
Must be a hill, everyone's hiking
The majority of this race is well packed dirt roads and an occasional sandy patch
Trying to shade the sun from the lens caused the interference above
Aid station #1
It was chilly today and never really got above the low 50's
We had the mountains in our view all day, it was awesome
Next aid station in sight
...and here we are. Maybe 11.7 miles?
...and the next one. This is the high point of the course at around 9500' and mile 17.9.
This woman was quick, I had trouble staying at her pace and she eventually dropped me on the next downhill.
I was with this guy quite a bit today
Great views all day
I have no idea what mile this is, but we're getting close to dropping down to the turnaround
This was what I was guessing was an old railroad bed
Maybe 2-3 miles from the turnaround
We hit the steeper downhill and rocky trail, I tripped and did this...casualties of trail running.
I have a plate in this arm from falling during a race back in 2000.
The Arkansas river....getting close.
At the turnaround....25 miles done, 25 to go.
My split here was 4:50, Deb and Kevin were somewhere around 5:30.
There he is again!
Crossing the bridge back over the river
Happy 25 miler finishing
OK, now it's going to be a bit quieter with the 25 milers out of the picture
Ever so slightly uphill, but just before the turnaround I saw Roger Jensen, who's in my age group, so lots of work ahead
Must run as many of the hills as I can and chip away at Roger's lead
Awesome...can't wait until San Juan Solstice 50 and Hardrock when we're "in" mountains like that!
Might be Princeton
Somewhere in here, I did manage to catch Roger at an aid station and hammered it in from there (about 12 miles)
Interesting rock formations
I passed a lot of runners in the 2nd half...another victim ahead.
Nothing is better than managing your pace by going out what feels easy and running close to even splits.
Destination is down in the valley you see in front of the mountains.
This guy and I were back and forth all day, too.
He ran every step of every hill, then I'd catch him on the downhills, Roger is right behind him trying to keep me in sight.
Got to run hard all the way in
Now on the road....3 miles to go.
Managed to outlast Roger by 1+ minute, but he started to gain on me on the road.
Kevin shot this video of me finishing
Kokopelli did his work getting me the course record by 51 minutes and a first place in the over 60 age group.
Showing off my boo-boo...
Roger Jensen, the guy who pushed me to what I never would have done alone.
Roger ran 3:47 at the Boston Marathon just 3 weeks ago, he's an incredible runner.
3rd over 60 hadn't come in yet.
Notice 2 places above my name is Susan Gebhart, winner of the over 50 female division. Deb finished 2nd to her.
Deb coming in....she fought cutoffs in the 2nd half and ran negative splits. Great run!
Kevin Z video
3rd over 50 hadn't come in yet...