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  • Lois MacKenzie
      Keep in Touch, LMac ... It was good to meet you last weekend.  I had a great time and I wrote a poem about the weekend.  See you next year! Russ   ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 19, 2014
       
      Keep in Touch,
      LMac


      On Friday, July 18, 2014 8:01 AM, Russell Valdez <rancidruss@...> wrote:



      > Subject: FW: 2014 Hardrock Weekend
      >
      >
      > Lois:

      It was good to meet you last weekend.  I had a great time and I wrote a poem about the weekend.  See you next year!

      Russ  
      >   
      >   
      > 2014 Hardrock 100
      >   
      > The annual 2014 Hardrock 100 was held
      > during the second weekend of July.
      > A lottery was held and only 140
      > "lucky" runners out of over 1,000 entrants were
      > selected to give it a try.
      >   
      > My name was not pulled from the hat
      > to be a runner.
      > However, I looked at it as an
      > opportunity and not as a bummer.
      >   
      > Volunteering at the second aid
      > station was like having a front row seat at the Super
      > Bowl.
      > I could tell by looking at all the
      > runners the trek through the mountains was already taking
      > its toll.
      >   
      > We helped and supported the runners
      > that went through the Chapman aid station at mile
      > twenty-one.
      > Some of the runners
      looked 
      > fresh and strong while others didn't look like they were
      > having very much fun.
      >   
      > A new course record was set by a
      > young and humble Spaniard named Killian.
      > He ran an amazing race and he must be
      > the fittest person of the world’s population of seven
      > billion.
      >   
      > He covered the entire 100 miles with
      > over 66,000 feet of elevation change before the first sun
      > rise.
      > The final finishers saw the sun come
      > up and saw it set not once, but twice.
      >   
      > I saw him at about half way and he
      > looked strong and in total control even after 12 hours of
      > running.
      > To see several other world-class
      > athletes drop from the run because of the blistering pace
      > was stunning.
      >   
      > There were 140 people who began this
      > endurance run.
      > After 48 hours only 100 runners made
      > it back to Silverton.
      >   
      > The event web-site states that this
      > run is "Tough and Wild" and by the end the best
      > some can do is walk.
      > The distance, the altitude, the
      > terrain, the unpredictable weather are the reasons this is
      > called the Hardrock.
      >   
      > During the first night the weather
      > got bad and there were reports of severe thunder and
      > lightning.
      > Two lucky guys survived a strike
      > while on top of Handies peak; it must have been
      > frightening.
      >   
      > A runner from Japan survived a small
      > rock slide as he traversed across a little draw.
      > A rock the size of an orange hit him
      > on the side of the face and it almost broke his
      > jaw.
      >   
      > I offered my services to a young lady
      > from Hawaii who
      needed my assistance to pace.
      > She asked if I could help her find
      > her way in the dark and not because this was a
      > race.
      >   
      > The plan was for me to meet her at
      > mile 55 and we would negotiate the course until mile
      > ninety-one.
      > In an event like this things can go
      > wrong and for Rosie after 25 hours and 55 miles she was
      > done.
      >   
      > She dropped because of nausea,
      > dehydration, muscle fatigue, lack of sleep, wind, and
      > rain.
      > I knew she was in trouble when I saw
      > her as it was evident she was in pain.
      >   
      > Running 55 miles on one of the
      > toughest courses in the entire world is in itself an amazing
      > feat.
      > She endured brutal weather, monster
      > climbs but as can happen in these events she just
      > couldn't eat.
      >   
      > She was disappointed
      but I told her
      > to keep her chin up and to look at the bright
      > side.
      > Qualifying and preparing for this
      > event should give her a sense of immense pride.

      >   
      > It is evident that all the
      > participants worked and trained very hard to be ready for
      > the altitude.
      > I wonder if I have it in me to
      > complete an event of this magnitude.
      >   
      > As usual, I made the best of the
      > weekend as I saw old friends, made new ones, and saw the
      > superstars of our sport.
      > My experience at the aid station gave
      > me a chance to feel good by providing runner
      > support.
      >   
      > I got to sleep out in the open where
      > I saw countless stars and saw a huge full moon rise in the
      > sky.

      > I snuck in an early morning training
      > run to the top of the Little Giant I realized
      I am indeed a
      > very lucky guy.
      >   
      > Maybe, if it is meant to be, one of
      > these years I'll have a chance to be one of the
      > participants who gets to toe the line.
      > I need to remember the quote:
      > "Be careful what you ask for; you might just might get
      > it"; as I've said this many a time.
      >   
      > I continue to thank God for the
      > health, the desire, and the strength that allows me to fully
      > experience this thing we call life.
      > For me running in the mountains is
      > spiritual and I think of and pray for my friends, my
      > extended family, my kids and my wife.
      >   
      >
      >  
      >
      > Below are a few pictures taken over the weekend during the
      > 2014 Hardrock 100. 
      >
      >  
      >
      >  
      >
      > This is a view of Oscar's Pass from the aid station I
      >
      worked at.
      >
      >  
      >

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      > A view from
      > Grouse Gulch just before the sun set.
      >
      >  
      >

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      > A view from
      > Ophir Pass.
      >
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      > An early
      > morning view from the Little Giant saddle looking back
      > towards green Mountanin.
      >
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      >

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      >
      > A shot of
      > the sun set behind an approaching thunderstorm.
      >
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      >
      >  Looking down on Silverton from the Little
      > Giant.
      >
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      > Another
      > view from the Little Giant. 
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