This event was like no other. When Peak Races organizes events, they are meant to have the participants inspire those around them during the event and for sure afterwards. The thought of quitting is not an option. The DNF (Did Not Finish) post-status is recognized under the Peak Races circumstances as the participant pushed him/herself beyond their limits …
Twelve runners participated in the 200 mile event and none completed it. The average finishing distance was 100-130 miles – the official times are not posted nor finalized yet. For sure this was a crazy adventure that took me way beyond my comfort level by managing to do the 100 miles in over 65 hours.
Thus far this was the toughest course I have participate on, provided the most humbling experience, and it did let me dig deeper to make the 100 possible! The 10 mile loop course was set-up at a 800 ft. above sea level and each runner was to go up four miles to reach 2,400 ft. above sea level – muddy and technical single track. The last six miles were switch backs filled with technical terrain and rugged footing and last mile featured an interesting bush whacking section.
I had a huge blister on the bottom of both the balls of my feet…swollen and irritated which developed through mile 40. This unfortunate blister originated from the Gore-Tex sneakers I wore the first fifteen to twenty hours to shield me from the rain and muddy conditions. Despite my discomfort with every step I took I managed to get in 60 more.
Having my team there to crew and pace for me was the key for me to finish. Thanks lady and gents. They deserve the glory too!