So here is the finisher photo! Dawn and the kids made me a finish line for what was a crazy Saturday. Lots of photos on the recap. I want to write down the memories so when(if) I ever sign up for something like this again then I want to go back and reference this...
Everyone logged into a Zoom meeting and you had to start running within 60 seconds of the quarter hour. This was 8 minutes and 44 minutes before the start at 6AM. So 6AM hit and I was out the door along with 64 other runners. Many of them were running from their own homes or nearby park.
This was my organized aid station with extra clothes, shoes, snacks and drinks. I had a cooler as well. I ended up drinking 4-5 gallons of water/electrolyte mix during the day. This table got a lot messier through the day. Anyway...
Popsicle was a nice treat from the heat.
I also got creative during mile 59 and wrote out script Ohio in the nearby church parking lot. If you see at the bottom of Ohio there is a row of trees. Not too long, but I utilized those trees for shade during the hottest part of the day by running back and forth several times per mile to stay in the shade. The sun was really wearing down on a lot of runners. They were dropping out fast during the heat.
In the end... 6 of us reached the mile 61 finish. Here are all 6 of us finishers. My time put me in 5th place for the total event. Such a fun race, but I was not done. 61 miles is 61 miles. I wanted to round that up to 100 kilometers so I needed 1.2 miles to get me to 62.2 miles.
Around mile 55 I came up with an idea to make a board to show all the miles ran to show myself how far I have come and how I could keep pushing on... It helped a lot.
Andrew Buck Michael