We spent the night in a hotel 25 minutes from the starting line and woke up at 4:15 Saturday morning for the 6AM start. The race runs three 12.x mile loops and two 6.x mile loops through Desoto National Forest which is generally flat, muddy and wet. Thankfully, this year was relatively dry, so aside from the crossings, we had sure footing. The trees are tall southern pine with a dense bushes underneath, certainly a lot more plant life than I'm used. The start was cold enough that we both elected to wear gloves for the first loop.
|Chatting with Jack at the starting line.|
|Trying to stay cool as the temperatures rose, luckily, never too hot though.|
|Re-supplying at the car before another loop. (photo: Mr. Daly)|
|Mostly naked and mostly miserable trying to get the legs moving again after my last resupply. (photo: Mr. Daly)|
|To the finish.|
|John Brower (3rd, 7:03), myself and Jack all clearly happy to be stationary with finisher medals (and visors). It was great day for us all. Race director Dennis Bisnette is on the right.|
|Bringing home the goods.|