The view of Lake San Christobal from our room.
Some early stream crossing, this is just a couple of runners behind me.
The stream crossing were incredibly low this year!
Hiking up the first climb, Doug Seaver with the hat.
Group up ahead switchbacking up the steep climb
Sun making it's appearance on the higher hills
Looking behind me
Alpine aid station, #1
Views in this race are incredible
Up above 12,000' and above treeline now
Great running up here...if you could breathe above 13,000'!
You can start to see the smoke in the air from the fires near Durango
Not much snow this year
Nice ridge running
Nice shot of the trail cut into the hillside that we just came from
See the smoky air? This caused many to have breathing problems and stop early.
This was just one of the runners fixing her gaiter, it looked like a nice shot
I named this girl "Tattoo girl" because of the tape on her calf muscles. We were running together back and forth most of the day and she finished not far behind me. I had my PEK on my calf ;-)
Like I said, this was nice running if you can breathe this high!
Back in the woods and running down towards Williams aid station, mile 14.
Doug Seaver up ahead, it was getting rather warm.
Annette Anthony in the Williams aid station
We had to run along a road for several miles after Williams...it was actually quite pleasant to run
Flat to slight uphill
Nice house along the road
Our turn onto the Carson Road
This is a steep uphill for 4 miles up to the Carson Aid
Rocky in spots, too.
Nice old cabin
Shared the trail with Cheryl Meltzer and her friend, Jill for a bit
That's the ridge we'll be on later on, the Continental Divide.
Carson aid station up high after a long hike...now it continues up for a few more miles up to the Continental Divide
Old mining town, long ago abandoned
Some runners up ahead on the hot road
Beautiful country in these San Juan mountains!
Still going up
Took a left onto the Colorado Trail up to the Divide
Roger Jensen up ahead with the hat, he's a tough over 60 runner
Looking down, while sitting to take some rocks out of my shoes.
Course marking was very good
Missed getting my altimeter in the shot, it showed a little above 13,000', which is the high point today.
That road down there is the one we were climbing earlier
High altitude running at it's best!
We are up here at or near 13,000' for 10 miles!
Carson Road down below
My Hardrock bud, James Varner....had a bad day and had to stop at 40 miles
Trail with runners up ahead
Smoke is getting to be choking now
Nothing is seen in the distance due to the smoke
Heading down off the divide now
Roger Jensen in the Divide Aid station.
We ran and walked a few miles together. I had to back off with Hardrock looming, so no racing with Roger for me today!
The road to the Slumgullion aid station, downhill and rocky
First over 50 woman coming down behind me
I forgot to take a photo at the aid station, but this is the actual slumgullion slide area
Really smoky now, as you can see.
This is where we run down 149 for a little bit
All of a sudden I wasn't feeling so hot. This steep and long climb up to Vicker's was a struggle. Not much climbing left in my legs and the stomach was shutting down.
At the top of the climb, looking back...the smoke was choking, the heat was wilting and I wanted to puke (but didn't)
Running along to Vicker's aid
That's how many of us felt right now
Vicker's...4 miles to go!
That's Danger of Dailymile in the green
Choking smoke, that's my first view of Lake City
Me and Deb moments after I finished...as you can see I'm not looking too good.
Judy Blake photo
This is the next morning at the awards breakfast
Awards ceremony about to begin
This is the 15-16 hour finishers
The 14-15 hour finishers
The 13-14 hour finishers (my group), I ran 13:53
Roger getting his 2nd place over 60 age group, I was 3rd.
Chuck Cofer (red shirt) won the age group, coming in just several minutes ahead of Roger. RD Jerry Gray handing out the awards.
12-13 hour finishers
11-12 hour finishers
David Coblentz from Los Alamos came in just over 11 hours.
10-11 hour finishers
The real fast guys, 9-10 hour finishers
Deb painted this sign at the Inn we stayed at the day before.
Our last look at the lake before we head home.