Too much running: Cascade Crest 100m, Zion, Grand Canyon R2R2R
I’m not sure where to start, or how to weave a coherent story about running 100 miles through the day and night in the Cascades of Washington State, or spending a morning bombing through Zion National Park in Utah. And how can I really put words on finally getting to see (not to mention run) the the Grand Canyon? Suffice to say, pictures are better than words, so I will use many of the former and only a few of the later.
Cascade Crest was on August 24th and almost become the first race I dropped out of…I have never run for that many hours (29:48) or that much elevation gain (21,550ft). At the risk of sounding like a whiner, I went into the event with tired legs from climbing and running Adams ~10 days prior. But I stuck with it and David Hughes picked up my spirits by pacing/crewing me through much the the night and when the sun came back up, so did a lot of my energy. I met a lot of great people, discovered a few new things about myself and the world, and met some new and old friends. Much much thanks to the volunteers and to Rich White and Rob Smith who did an awesome job making the event happen. Rich is one bad ass guy, he is so bad even his mother runs 100 milers. Congrats to everyone who crossed the line or tried! For the full picture set, please find them here…
|Getting my finishers buckle from Rich White the next day|