We’ll post links to the 2014 Race Reports here. Thanks to all who are writing them:
- 4th Place 100k, Jayk Reynolds, Blog
- 1st Place 100k, Jeremy Humphrey, Blog
- 100K Runner, Jeff Black, Blog
- 25k Runner, Leigh Douglass, Blog
River of No Return -100k 50 k 25 k. A beautiful tough well put on Race in Challis, Idaho. Outstanding aid stations, great volunteers, sweeps, S &R…Great mountain scenery. It’s all straight up and straight down held in this place called Yankee Fork, part of a scenic byway. One of those courses where even the downhills seemed up hill. Where you develop a love hate relationship with the course. I did the 50k and was DFL-but I did finish. The first climb I did not feel good; by 9 miles something was off. My sugar was dropping and I was very orthostatic. I could not make up my mind what was happening and needed calories but it was an exposed climb at first and it was hot on the bottom. Plus my abdomen was just bloated and hands, and for all the fluids that were going in; I had very little urine output.
As a note, the RD’s father is Dr. Lind, the medical Director Of Western States 100 Endurance Run back in 1993 0r 1994. He took care of me and followed up in a really hot WS 100. I was part of a group of runners that got Rhabdomyolysis. It can lead to kidney failure. I keep getting it if I am not careful. I was a little concerned. Just before Keystone AS 2 I started cramping and wracked my hamstring; the left leg started to spasm and I fell to the road and started to scream….but you have to laugh. The sweeps came over the hill and saw me laying there shaking like a dog.
They claimed they were having fun bit I knew they wanted to run me over with the quad. I hobbled into Keystone and there was Meghan M. Hicks. You my friend are an angel and a great ambassador to the sport of ultrarunning. Taking care of all these runners who were having a great day and not so much of a great day. It did seem like a lot of people were cramping and were bloated. She listened to my whining, so patiently. So honest and frank. Well Georgie it can be this, it could be that, or it could be you are not in shape. It did make me giggle. Thank you for putting me back together, kid. Down I went to the next aid station Baystone. I was watching all the runners coming back up the climb. O man I have to do that climb back up. I saw Andrea climbing back up. She had been sick up on the top. She had a smile on her face, she was doing the best she could, what more could you ask for. When I got down to the AS, I spent too much time down there. They had ice; it was a great AS, and the AS captain was another Lind. He had worked on my feet back about eight years ago at Western States. We talked about all the old times and people, gave me the sympathy I was looking for and off I went up that climb. It was not pretty but I did it like every one else before me. And Meghan was waiting for me up on top; she did not close the station down, treated me like a king. Put me back to together. In the corner of my mind I felt guilt for even thinking of quitting. 11 miles of downhill. At about 5 miles of screaming, quad-busting down I slipped and fell on my ass. Got up and I came around the corner and a group of people that had already run and were finished came running up the hill calling my name and asked me if I wanted a beer. Yep- it tasted so good, and I needed to pee. Did just a little. Finally got on the Custer Highway. Seemed like it took forever (it did). Staggering down Main Street in downtown Challis. Crossing the track. Done. A well put on run. A beautiful hard core mountain run. It smelled (the forest) so good up there; it seemed like you could touch the clouds. And yeah it was freaking hard. All the people I was admiring getting it done. A really well put on event in a beautiful wild part of the country. Congrats to my pals that got it done, Sada Crawford and Sarah Vlach, and Grant Maughan for that outstanding pacing gig.