Kathie Lang gets Chuck Wilson's BP
Charlie Schmaltz gives Bill Losey his medical check
This year's finisher's print, featuring a water color by Deb Pero. Kirk Apt, Johnny DeWalt, and myself are the only ones with the full set of 13 finisher's prints.
The Pot Lick
Rollin Perry broke his ankle while marking the course and couldn't run this year
Gary Knipling - who knew he was a ringer?
My Crew - Vanessa and Margaret
My Daughters - Margaret and Heather
Kyle's Lotto, created by James Varner: Kyle's winning margin vs. his finish time. In the end, no one won the lotto, because Kyle's margin of victory (six and a half hours) was off the end of the chart, and all the money went to the Joel Zucker fund.
Deciding how many starting slots we have up for grabs
And the winners are....
Gary Knipling swore they were coming, but his son Keith (sitting) nearly missed the check-in and almost lost his spot on the start line.
Steve and Deb Pero
Denny Hogan, the BLM guy who writes our permit
Bruce Grant and Martha
Race Director Dale Garland works the crowd
Need more be said?
The mandatory trail briefing
"When you see a mountain, run up it..." - makes sense to Roch Horton
The radio volunteer briefing
My crew - all former Los Alamos High School runners
My crew, folking out around the campfire before the run
Check in on run morning - Paulette Schmaltz, Dale Garland, and Carolyn Erdman
Whit Rambach gets in at the last moment due to a no-show
Lance Johnson and family
Dale tries to explain to Mike Thomas that he missed check-in and we gave away his starting slot. We let him start anyway.
Dale sends us off
The Shrine of the Mines
The Nute Chute
Crossing Mineral Creek
And that's the last anyone saw of Kyle Skaggs
Ricky Denesik and Jared Campbell - #3 and #4 at the finish
Betsies Kalmeyer and Nye
Me and Kirk Apt
My crew - Mom, Margaret, and Tanner. Tanner was also crewing for his uncle Lance Johnson, and later paced Roger Ackerman.
Andy Gisler - one of my former high school runners. He just graduated from Yale, and ran his first 50 miler.
Greg Hartman on Putnam Divide
Tom Remkes chugs up Putnam Divide, about 7 miles into the run.
Grant-Swamp Pass is on the right hand skyline
The Kamm Traverse is above the red bands on the intermediate divide. Grant-Swamp Pass on the skyline.
The Kamm Traverse aid station, 11 miles into the run.
Crossing Ice Creek
The final pitch on Grant-Swamp Pass
Island Lake. This was a relatively high snow year, but we've seen worse - this lake was frozen over during the 1997 run. See http://www.run100s.com/HR/hr97ph2.html
Grant-Swamp Pass, 15 miles into the run.
It's a very fast descent from Grant-Swamp Pass, if you know how to run scree.
That's Oscar Pass on the righthand skyline
Tom Remkes climbing out of the Chapman Gulch aid station
Grant-Swamp Pass on the lefthand skyline
The Wilson Group
Keith Knipling, Grant-Swamp Pass in the background
The final stretch to the top of Oscar Pass, 21 miles into the run.
Grant-Swamp Pass looks a long way off!
The traverse to Wasatch Saddle
The Telluride aid station, 28 miles into the run.
Scott Jaime - #2 at the finish
Mike Burke being welcomed into Telluride
My Crew - Ryan McNiff and Simon Gilna, both were high school runners of mine, and are now fine collegiate runners
Me, entering Telluride
Looking back at the aid station and up Bear Creek
Keith Knipling approaches Mendota Saddle
The view toward Kroeger's Canteen atop Virginius Pass (right of center) from Mendota Saddle
The aid station workers thoughtfully cut switchbacks up the slope below the aid station - previously it had been a hard scramble.
Scott Eppelman in Kroeger's Canteen. This is pretty much the entire aid station, in a wild and difficult-to-reach place. This is 33 miles into the run.
Scott prepares to descend the first pitch
Sneffels Peak from the top of the second pitch
The Governor Basin aid station below
Steve McBee in the Governor Basin aid station
The Camp Bird Road
Ouray. The aid station is 44 miles into the run.
My wife, Rebecca Clark, shares a moment with Dale
Daughter Margaret waiting in Ouray
Betsy Nye - check out those knees
Diane Van Deren
Sometimes those college boys just need an good, old-fashioned ass-kicking
Kim Holak leaving Ouray
My crew waiting for me in Ouray
Preparing for the night in Ouray
Dad - always there at every hundred I've run in 14 years.
With daughter (and pacer) Heather. She's a fine runner - a multiple-time All-American at XC and the 10000 m in college.
Ryan and Simon - both have paced me multiple times in years past. Ryan paced me later this time, Simon paced another runner.
In the Engineer aid station
With my crew in the Grouse Gulch aid station, 58 miles into the run, just after midnight. Photo by Pete Pittman.
Pacer Allen Pittman atop 14,048' Handies Peak at about 3 am, 64 miles into the run. Allen is an exceptional high school runner, and an entertaining guy to boot. He's now running at the University of New Mexico.
Sherman aid station, 72 miles into the run, just before dawn. Photo by Pete Pittman.
Rolling into Sherman with pacer Allen Pittman and his family. Photo by Pete Pittman.
Leaving Sherman with pacer Ryan McNiff. This guy ran the altitude-corrected equivalent of a 4:02 mile last spring as a college freshman! Photo by Pete Pittman.
On the Continental Divide, 77 miles into the run.
Heading down Pole Creek
The Pole Creek aid station, just before 10 am, 81 miles into the run.
The Maggie Gulch aid station, about 11:30 am, 85 miles into the run. This is where my run started to come apart.
Leaving Maggie Gulch aid station. Photo by Pete Pittman.
Photo by Kyle Pittman
Pacer Kyle Pittman on the climb out of Maggie's. Like his brother Allen, Kyle is also an exceptionally fine high school runner - part of the Los Alamos team that placed second in the high school cross country national championship.
Looking down at the Buffalo Boy Mine
Looking across Stoney Pass at the Green Mountain Traverse
On Green Mountain Pass, 88 miles into the run. Photo by Kyle Pittman.
Looking south toward the Needle Range.
That's the next climb across the canyon, up to Little Giant-Dives
Waiting for runners....
Kyle and me striding into Cunningham Gulch, about 2:30 pm, 91 miles into the run. Photo by Pete Pittman.
I felt crummy, but was still on my feet.
My Crew - Kathy Hipwood and husband Rob, are our high school cross country head coaches (I'm an assistant coach).
With my crew in Cunningham Gulch. Photo by Pete Pittman.
Wading out of the Cunningham aid station with daughter Margaret. I was really bummed to have to soak my feet again right after getting them fixed up and dry.
Margaret was also a fine runner in high school, and is now competing at the collegiate level.
A good crew is worth their weight in gold. Here Rob Hipwood changes the flat on our car...
... and my Dad patches the blown radiator hose. I had no idea all this was going on until the next day.
The Cunningham aid station from above
This was a brutal climb - I felt really terrible...
... but on the other hand, how bad can it be to have a couple extra hours to hike along with my girl?
At the top of Little Giant-Dives
Looking back to where we were - Canby Mountain on the center skyline, Cunningham Gulch out of sight below. We could see Handies on the horizon to the left of this view. It was kind of unbelieveable to realize that I'd traversed all that terrain in the past day.
94 miles, and counting....
The end is in sight (sort of) - the bottom of the canyon is just upriver from Silverton.
This is a long road when you're feeling bad
Arrastra Gulch, 97 miles into the run.
Betsy Nye at the finish
"It was nothing..."
Krissy Moehl with Cathrine and Roch Horton
Nearly there! And before dark, too (~7:30 pm).
My family makes it worth the finish! Photo by Pete Pittman.
Rebecca and Dale the next morning - both stayed up all night to record and greet finishers.
Awaiting the last finishers just before the 48 hour cutoff at 6 am. Will they make it in time??
Steve Peterson did with 6 minutes to spare...
Rich Haefele did with 5 minutes to spare...
The ever-amazing Johnny DeWalt did with 5 minutes to spare...
... and the last finisher, Allie Wood, got her first finish in several attempts with 2 minutes to spare!
Allie was very ably paced through the second night by John Cappis
My crew - Tom Stockton and daughter Megan
With daughter Margaret
Rich Haefele as Jedi Knight
Loren Wohletz, one of my former high school runners and Hardrock pacers, now serving as a paramedic. He paced Roger Ackerman this year.
Bill Somers, the Grouse Gulch aid station captain. His daughter Brittany (another of my former high school runners) ran in the steeplechase at the trials.
My Crew - Margaret's friend Vanessa
Randy Isler makes an emphatic point
Aid station coordinator Lois MacKenzie
Kris Kern and Jack
The grand finale of our song and dance "My Crew" - me, Tyler Curiel, Kirk Apt, and Roch Horton
Greg Hartman's tattoos
Krissy Moehl and Roch Horton
Winner Kyle Skaggs - he ran a time many of us thought would never be achieved - the first under 24 hours, more than 2:30 under Jurek's best time from 2007, and 6:27 ahead of 2nd place.
First woman and 6th overall - Diana Finkel