|Pre Race Meeting - these seats all get filled|
|Snow in June!! It was hot out too!|
|Final Race Meeting (Beers)|
|Ready for complete Western States domination|
Race morning was busy around the check in and starting
|Ron coming in to Robinson Flat looking strong|
|Assessing the feet|
Off we went to the next crew point called Michigan Bluff, which was mile 55 for Ron. We fueled up and got some ice in town before heading to the aid station. The parking situation was pretty rough when we got there and we had to drive pretty far up a steep paved road until we found a spot along side the road where we could park. It was super hot out so we sat in the car chilling with the AC blasting. We were wondering how Ron was doing in the 115 degree heat in the canyons and we felt a little guilty for sitting in the AC, actually, no..we did not feel guilty at all. In fact, we may have laughed about it a few times. We decided it would be a good idea to get some sleep before heading a mile and a half down this really steep road to the aid station with all our stuff. I was just dozing off when all of a sudden a super loud noise was all around us. Chas's cell phone was hooked up to the bluetooth and when his wife called the volume must of been all the way up because it scared the hell out of us! There was no going to sleep after that so we did some math to try and calculate when Ron might be coming into this aid station. The we loaded up all our stuff and hiked down the road with it. There were a lot of spectators and crews lining the street leading up to the aid station. It reminded me of a parade that everyone got to early in order to get a good spot. I ran into a few different people here that I knew including Mike Pfefferkorn and Jay Smithberger.
|Coming into Mich. Bluff still looking strong!|
Gordy and the guy he gave his entry too.
Video of the crazy shuttle ride below:
|The famous Ron and Chas Ultra Backpack|
I told Chas that best case scenario is the aid station did not register his chip and he had been there and left but it did not add up. As the cutoffs elapsed the mile 85 aid station we decided to hike to the aid station we were at and check with the HAM radio operators to see if they could find out what Ron's status was. We were scared that he either got lost or injured and had to drop out of the race, actually we were both delirious from not sleeping and were completely convinced in our minds that his race was done. As we were hiking to the aid station with our heads hanging low I hit refresh on my phone for the online tracker and BOOM he had checked in to mile 90 a half hour earlier! That meant he would be at our crew point soon so Chas took off running to the aid station and I sprinted back to the car so I could grab the Star Wars backpack which had things Ron would need. I have to explain the significance of this backpack. Chas and Ron purchased it (at the Dollar store I believe) last year when Chas crewed Ron at Leadville 100 and it brought them good fortune so we had to keep tradition alive and use it at Western States. It is a mandatory piece of gear for all their "A" races and gets a race pin added after finishing. I sprinted as hard as I could up a hill and all the way to the aid station. I passed Mike Pfefferkorn who laughed and commented that I was getting some miles in. As I got close Chas was giving me the slow down and walk sign because Ron was not there yet. Our morale completely changed and we were psyched that Ron was still in the race and doing really well. He came in here and we got him in and out of this aid station quickly. He only had 6 miles to go so we told him no need to camp out here just get to the finish line.
|Ron Leaving mile 94 aid station, easy money!|
|Chas and I arriving at Placerville Highschool|
|Ron entering the final stretch around the track|
|Ron's latest hardware, a shiny WS buckle|
|Ron got it done|
|The backdrop is not fake!|
Great views of the mighty Lake Tahoe
|Ron got his buckle and we are running in Tahoe, life is good!|