Caitlyn (rear) with her new friend Maddy
Beverley Anderson-Abbs defends her title
Beverley Anderson-Abbs and overall winner Chris Grauch
Impressive Scott Dunlap finishes 5th
There was some concern when Alan Abbs didn't appear at the finish line when expected. After a few phone calls from RD Robert Mathis to different aid stations, Alan finally came down the hill covered in dirt. Turns out he made a wrong turn out of Watson Lake and, like many others, introduced himself to the dirt along portions of the rocky trail. He finished around 6:15.
Alan Abbs gets a hug from his wife at the finish line
Caitlyn and Maddy played and waited patiently for Maddy's dad, Pete Twedell to come racing down the hill. Unfortunately, I missed his finish time but he had a strong showing for his first ultra!
Pete gets a finish line hug from daughter Maddy
After his impressive win at Lake Tahoe, Peter Lubbers made a strong finish in 7:13 after a tough day. He has a few more races this fall but then I think he deserves a break!
Using this as a training run for HK50, Gretchen Brugman checks her time after a fun day on the trails. I recently came across her blog and it was nice getting the chance to meet her in person. Ultrarunners are the nicest people.
Gretchen, how's my time? 7:38
I stayed to watch a few more of my friends finish then it was time to head home. I had one kid just waking up from a nap, another kid ready to go down for a nap, and a dog who was wondering why we weren't hitting the trail and running 30 miles. Watching all these runners finish a long day on the trail made me hungry. I had a craving for KFC so we grabbed some on the way home. I should say we grabbed a lot. I guess I thought I was feeding an army or something. I don't know what I was thinking. My guilty conscience kicked in while eating but it sure tasted good. Every once in a while you just gotta be bad. Next time I'll wait until I am the one who ran 34 miles.
Sara's feeling no guilt
I also want to say that all finishes/times are unofficial. I did the best I could while also keeping track of 2 kids and a dog. See you at HK.