WMRC runners before the start: Chip Gosewisch, Andrew Heard and Robert
Milling around before the start.
more milling around before the start
The first section after the start
On the first road section, just before the sun rose over the ridge
Now the sun is up! Climbing up toward Sunrise Aid Station.
Sunrise Aid Station in view
After leaving Sunrise A/S
On the Pacific Crest Trail section between Sunrise and Pedro Fages A/S
Just before Pedro Fages Aid Station
Getting closer to Pedro Fages Aid Station
Pedro Fages Aid Station in sight
Leaving Pedro Fages A/S. The course passes closer to the lake in the distance in about 20 miles or so...
Trail section before Stonewall Creek fire road (which leads to the S/F)
More trail before Stonewall Creek fire road (which leads to the S/F)
Stonewall Creek fire road section (which leads to the S/F)
Coming into the S/F area after the first loop (the shorter one of the two) the first time
Starting the second loop (the longer one) the first time
Early on the second loop (the longer one) the first time. Bill (Billy of BillyBob) Losey just up ahead.
After leaving Paso Picacho A/S. June Gessner up ahead. June caught back up to me after missing a turn about 1/2 mile before here (I yelled and she heard me, fortunately) The lake seen in the earlier photograph is just past the rise ahead
Just before the lake
This looks like it would be a part of the lake if the water level was higher
Finally, the lake is in view. Just before Stonewall Mine
A boggy part of the trail just after the lake, right before the road crossing. This is about a mile (or maybe less) to Big Bend Aid Station.
Looking back at Maureen 'Mo' Moran and friends between the road crossing and Big Bend A/S
Just before Big Bend Aid Station
Leaving Big Bend A/S to a long and gruelling climb. This is made more difficult because it was starting to get warm. This was my own fault, of course, for going so slowly...
Looking back at the lake on the climb out of Big Bend
On the seemingly endless climb up the fire road after Big Bend A/S - and one of the places on the course that fire damage is apparent. This was the fire that relocated the San Diego Chargers Monday Night Football game to Phoenix the year it happened.
STILL CLIMBING the fire road.
Finally descending the Fire Road...more fire damage...
An interesting rock formation off the side of the fire road after Milk Ranch Aid Station
The long descent after the brutal climb after Milk Ranch A/S
Enjoying watermelon and friendly volunteers at the Sweetwater Aid Station, the last aid station before the end of the second loop, (first time through)...unfortunately it is 7 more miles in the heat of the day until the halfway point.
Wasting too much time sitting down at Sweetwater Aid Station.
Looking back toward Sweetwater A/S, being followed by Jeffrey Givens. I met Jeffery on the way to the pre-race dinner on Friday.
On the long section between Sweetwater and the S/F, probably on East Mesa fire road. I think this is Oakzanita peak in the background.
I think this was on the Harvey Moore trail a few miles before the S/F.
I think this might have been Dennis Ladnier, just before getting to the S/F. He was talking about dropping after 50 miles due to family commitments.
Finished with half of the race - before sunset!
Skip a few hours (and the entire second half of the race) since I was in a hurry to beat the cutoffs. I was glad that the two runners behind me finished also.
A blurry photo of Scott Mills (the new RD) congratulating me on the finish. I enjoyed the race quite a bit, and am impressed at how well they did with the small number of volunteers they had. This was definitely a low key, 'old school' type race - tough but rewarding.
Scott Mills congratulatin Eunsup Kim finishing, just minutes after me. I passed him about a mile before the finish.
Scott Mills congratulating Vinnie Torres on his finish. I caught up to Vinnie sometime after Paso Picacho early on Sunday morning. We stayed together for quite a few miles, until just past Milk Ranch A/S, where I was able to run downhill a little faster on the steep fire road right before Sweetwater A/S. Vinnie deserved this finish after he battled some issues.