Hawk 26.2/50/100 Volunteering/Pacing
As the race got closer I was feeling the excitement even though I wasn't going to be running. It was in the air, couldn't be avoided! I had so many friends that were in the final stages of training hard for the race including Donnie, Darin, Sherrie, Gregg, Indika, Beck, Rikki, Erica, Rick, Larry, Wael, Chris, Alex, Luke, Bill, Deb, Cassie, Mel and probably some more I'm forgetting (sorry if I forgot you). Some of them running the Marathon, some running the 50 mile, some running the 100 mile and some acting as pacers for fellow runners. I've been in awe watching some of them as they trained. Sherrie, for instance, was working on her second 100 miler and was convinced that she couldn't repeat a sub-24 hr finish like she had at RR100 in February. After seeing how she trained I knew she'd be under 24 hours for sure. My good friend Donnie was making his 5th attempt at a 100 miler, but he was having his best training since I met him. Good, strong long runs one after another. He was piling up miles and gaining confidence. Indi was working on her first 50 mile and training hard despite plenty of distractions with work & life, but always going strong. It was awesome seeing the excitement, nerves & confidence as they came close to race day.
|Head Trail Hawk & Land's End Aid Station Cpt Gary Henry|
|The race was put on by the Trail Hawks & directed by|
fellow Hawks Danny & Co
|Me in the background, RD Coleen (blue hair), 2nd overall|
100 mile finisher Sherrie (white hat) & 1st overall Darin
|Donnie earlier in the race|