|My Ambit stopped after capturing the route for the first 98.5 miles (despite re-charging)|
|One of the goats which packed in aid for the Box Creek station (photo Irene Saphra)|
|Snowslide Lake (the climb continues over the ridge to the left)|
I was fortunate to have a great day on the course and was able to maintain good energy and the ability to run all the way through the course to finish in 28:12. I had signed up for this event without realizing that they don't give out a belt buckle. Initially, I was disappointed, but the belt that they do give out is pretty cool. Even cooler, starting this year they decided to give out a belt buckle to runners who have finished the event twice. So I think I will be going back next year to run the loop in the counter clockwise direction, see the parts of the course that were in darkness this year and get a belt buckle!
|Jeremy handing me my belt at the finish|
Thanks to Jeremy and Brandi for organizing such an amazing event and to all the participants and volunteers for making the journey so much fun. Another feature of this event that stands out is the extraordinary course marking. At the briefing we were told that markers had been placed every 0.2 miles (or closer). I never had any doubts about whether I was on course or which way to turn which is much more pleasant than blundering around in the dark wondering which way to go which can happen to me much too easily.
I also highly recommend staying in one of the cabins at the Burgdorf Springs. My cabin was a short walk to the starting line which made Saturday morning super easy. The cabins do not have running water relaxing in the hot springs after the race made up for that and I was able to take a solid 3 hour nap after the race before driving back to civilization for food and a shower.
|Beautiful trail along the Secesh River (~mile 15)|
|Looking back down into the Victor Creek Basin near the top of the 1st climb|
|Diamond Rock near top of Victor Creek Basin|
|Meadow along the twenty mile creek trail|
|Looking northeast near Duck Lake into the canyon containing the North Fork of the Salmon River|
|View from the ridge along Bear Pete Mountain before the final downhill to the finish|