Chuck Wilson, Gary Knipling and James Varner before the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008 Kelly Korevic and Kyle Skaggs hide in the background
Great photo of everyones' backs...Fred Ecks, Howard Cohen (with the camera) Dale Garland, Steve Pero, Larry Hall, Chuck Wilson, James Varner, Kyle Skaggs and John Prohira before the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Trying to look festive for the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Rodger and Tana Wrublik with their trolley bus for the Wyman. Dennis Drey and Don Platt also in the photo. Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
John Prohira, ready for the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Beth Simpson and Liz Hodges, ready to photograph the fun of the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Rollin Perry - I thought when I first saw him that he was going to try and outdo Scott Jurek, who started last year's race with a bad ankle all packaged up. I figured Rollin was just tough and would have no problem negotiating the course with a 'boot' and crutches...
The Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008, going down Blair Street.
Chuck Wilson, Gary Knipling, Bruce Grant, Scott Eppleman, Fred Ecks, Nick and Jamil Coury, Craig Slagel and Howard Cohen, among others...Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Holding the banner this year with Rick Hodges, Scott Eppleman, Paul Schoenlaub, James Varner and Kyle Skaggs (of that bunch I am most certainly the slowest...) Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Hanging around after the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Flyover after the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
Andrea talking with Kyle after the Silverton Fourth of July parade 2008
John Dewalt talking to Margaret Heaphy
John Dewalt talking to Margaret Heaphy in front of Charlie Thorn's house (notice Charlie's Yard Sale...)
Jim Sweat with Joe and Joyce Prusaitis in front of the official 'Hardrock front porch'
Deb Pero, who had organized a nice fourth of July barbeque in front of Charlie's house. Rick Hodges and Craig Wilson in the background
C4Pers in front of theofficial 'Hardrock front porch' Rick Hodges, Mongo, Martha and Bruce Grant and Howard Cohen
CFI Handies Peak trail work. Michelle Swartz, Jamil Coury, James Varner, David Goldberg, Fred Ecks, Paul Ralyea and a couple of the CFI crew leaders. On the Grizzly Gulch side climbing up from Burrow's Park
I wouldn't normally have had to sit down except that I was carrying this 30 pound rock bar. It didn't seem so heavy at first...
Mike and JoVae show off the shirt for this year's race at the check-in on Wednesday in the Silverton gym. Unfortunately, it is a North Face shirt...oh well, at least it still says 'Hardrock' on it ;^)
Howie Stern, visibly excited about being in the race this year. Last year he paced Roger Ackerman; Roger dropped at Telluride and Howie and I realized, after the fact, that he could have paced me in. Since Roger was over 60 years old, Howie was able to pace him from the start (and could have finished the entire course if I had thought to ask him...) Also pictured are Dan Fox and Chuck Wilson
Blake Wood, Mark Heaphy, Rebecca Clark and Dale Garland at the check-in table. Roger Ackerman is checking in with Dale and Beth Simpson is chatting with Mark and Blake.
Beth chatting with Kim Holak
The Pot Luck (or Pot Lick as Andrea calls it) Once again it was a huge success. Not only were there many types of food (and desserts) to choose from, but there was actually no food wasted at the end. Whit Rambach, Beth Simpson, David Goldberg, Liz Bauer (Walker), James Varner, Paul Schoenlaub and others
Lois Mackenzie, Kim Holak, Don Platt, John Prohira, Larry Hall, Whit Rambach. Everyone enjoyed 'carbo loading' for the race
Andy Hewitt (from Australia) Gary Knipling talking to Larry Hall while Beth hams it up for the camera ;^)
Lois, Don, John Prohira and pacer extraordinaire Teresa Sukiennicki. Kim Holak and Leonard Martin
Billy Simpson arrives for the feast. He has an ankle brace on and was taking it easy so he would be ready for the race.
The one and only John Dewalt, trying to put on his 'game face'
Howie talking to Andrea, Liz talking to David. Scenery everywhere, even in town!
Cory Johnson and Larry Hall. Is somebody handing them a 'to go' box?
Ten Hardrock finishes between them (before the start of this year's race) Kristina Irvin and Don Platt. Kristina ran Hardrock in the middle of the Last Great Race (http://www.run100s.com/lgr.htm)
Time for Horseshoes! Gary Knipling shows Chuck Wilson how they do it down South. As if Gary wasn't already hugely entertaining, outgoing, and an absolute joy to be around, he tops it off by being a mentor to those of us who haven't really gotten to know the ins and outs of Horseshoes
Arizona wonder kids (alright, young men) Nick and Jamil Coury. Both had run Angeles Crest as their first trail 100 mile race (which also happens to be a qualifier for Hardrock) and they both finished under 24 hours! Jamil recently completed a through-hike of the Arizona trail and Nick was on the bubble to get in the race from the wait list.
John Prohira, Kristina Irvin, Steve Pero and Howie Stern. Probably all of them had their fill of the great food and are now contemplating the race...
What Rollin looked like once they put his casts on. Leonard talking to Rollin's wife.
More Horseshoes, Paul Schoenlaub showing how they throw them in the Midwest...JoVae looks on either for amusement or coaching, or maybe both.
Mike Dobies, reaching for the sky. I think his philosophy is for the horseshoe to come down from above - way above - the peg.
Cindy Schoenlaub showing some good follow-through. I am fairly certain she and Paul won this round...
Chuck trying to get pointers from Gary
Mike imagining the perfect throw...
Gary, showing Mike the 'perfect throw'
Leonard, Gary's partner, was doing his part to completely put Mike and I away...
Body English doesn't work in bowling and it certainly doesn't work in horseshoes, though one can always hope...
Mike trying to get the image of my last throw out of his head so he can concentrate on actually getting some points on our side of the board.
Uhh, sorry Mike...I still have one more I can throw...
The run finally 'gets real' as the fine public works folks deliver THE Hardrock to the gym
Dale Garland, absolutely proud of the paint job that Deb Pero did on the rock
Howard Cohen, in the race this year and darn happy about it.
Jack Fierstadt, Howard's crew
What is with the spring clips on the shoes? Did you forget how to tie a simple knot?
Team H'ard, Rick Miller, H'ard, and Jack. Notice the matching vests...I was almost waiting for a chorus line or else for Rick to start a song and dance on his own.
Phil Kiddoo (another C4Per) and his buddy who dropped out of the race at the last minute due to a partially torn hamstring (at least one person should be thanking him)
Jamil and Nick wait for 11am; if somebody doesn't check in by 11am, then the waitlisted folks will be let in to any open slots. This is how I got in the race last year. Dale called it the 11 o'clock club.
Guess what? Nick got in! He checks in right away.
Nick is ready, and I mean READY for this race, and so is Jamil. Jamil, however, will have to settle for crewing and pacing Nick (which he will do a fine job of)
Wendell and Sarah and Fred Ecks. Wendell did not get in this year so he and Sarah (and Aaron, presumably) will be crewing for Chuck Wilson. Fred Ecks got in from the wait list a week or two ago
Michelle also got in at the same time Nick did. Mark Heaphy congratulates her and starts to check her in
Nick with his number - now it is official. He already had his drop bags sorted out and ready to pack.
Michelle with her number, now she is official too.
John Dewalt getting his gear ready. Come on John, drop bags are due soon! Actually, I'm not worried as John has 12 finishes (and will get number 13 this year) and has done this all before. He has a system and it works extremely well.
WMRC folks, runners and crew/pacers. Mark Cosmas, Mongo, Nick Coury and Kirk McCarville. Jeff Jones and Jody Chase will crew/pace for Mark.
Pre-race meeting on Thursday
Dale addresses the crowd. It was somewhere along here where he had all of the runners turn toward thier spouses/friends/family members and apologize for all the time that they spent away while training for this race. He also made them promise to do a lot of catching up once the race was over.
Lois Mackenzie with the recipients of this year's Joel Zucker memorial fund scholarships
The shirts that these folks bought as a tribute to John Dewalt. The front says simply 'DeWalt' and the back says 'Guaranteed Tough' The crowd loved it!
John being awarded his shirt
Having a last beer before the race at the Silverton Brewery. Steve and Deb Pero sitting by the sign that says "Beer Drinker Parking Only ,all others will be towed"
Greg Trapp and wife, Bill Losey, Mike Dobies, Steve and Deb Pero at the brewery
JoVae makes an appearance just as Bill Losey says something funny.
We saw this little guy with a cast that looked just like Rollin's so we thought that Rollin went through a time warp. Somebody called him on his cell phone and had him come right over to make sure this didn't happen. I guess since they are both in the same place at the same time that no time paradoxes have been broken, what a relief!
Dinner at the Brown Bear.
John Dewalt, Steve Pattillo, Deb and Steve Pero, Mike Dobies, Bill Losey, Leonard Martin, JoVae, Matt Mahoney and Mongo
Martin Szekeresh proud of his son Richard. I would love it if my children would do this crazy stuff when they get older, I would be happy to crew for them. Martin, though, ended up working an aid station or two this year.