I looked around the web and came across a few race reports, some great pictures, and even a little video. I take no credit for the pictures and I’m glad for the folks that took them. I hope nobody minds if I use them here. To see them in their original habitats, check out the race reports below and click on them here to enlarge them:
I spoke very briefly with David Ray (another GUTS member) after the race, but didn’t really introduce myself. His reports are always great too, and he takes tons of awesome pictures. I actually started carrying my small camera on my long training runs after seeing all the pics he took and posted on his blog.
So here are the pictures I came across
Here is a picture at the start. You can actually see the back of my head. Look at the “S” in start and work down until you the green shirt and white/gray hat. I’m talking to Rich Schick, who at that moment was telling me how he planned to take it easy. He went on to win the Men’s Masters award. Never trust a runner.
I mentioned aid stations in my original post. Here is a picture of one of them. Quite a feast. I didn’t really say it before, but the volunteers were incredible. Always ready to fill your bottle, check on your needs, and keep you motivated. These people stayed out there for hours, in the heat, with 200+ runners coming through each aid station multiple times. We can’t thank them enough.
The rest of my pictures document the two dominant features of the race in most minds, the powerlines and river crossing.
First the river crossing. this is taken from the side you start from:
A combination of deep water, short runner, and slippery shoes led this part of my crossing to look similar to this below. Just holding on to the rope and pulling myself across the strongest part of the current.
The rest of the pictures I grabbed show the “powerlines” section. Really two sections, one a narrow gasline easement and the other a wide open powerline easement. I grabbed so many pictures, because no one picture does it justice. There are certainly tougher trails out there, but this section is so different than the surrounding area, and you get to do it twice in this race, so it really stands out.
A GUTS member was out on the course volunteering and took a bunch of video. He posted it on YouTube. If you just want to see me, check around 4:03 or so in the video. You can see me slowly work around/through some mud and then slowly shuffle by the camera in my green shirt and white hat.