As noted in yesterday's entry, Mother Nature dumped up to eight
inches of fresh snow in the Bighorn Mountains three days ago, completely
disregarding the fact that some six hundred runners from all over the
country (and world) are coming to run a 100-mile, 52-mile, 50K, or 30K
race in a few days. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to be warm and
sunny this week and most of that snow at the upper elevations should
melt. The main problem now will be the very wet, muddy conditions
runners will face.
Oh, and the rugged terrain, altitude, and temperature extremes!
This is one of Jim's and my favorite race venues and organizations.
Karen, Michelle, Cheryl, and the other members of the race committee do
a fantastic job with this race. Jim has run in the three ultra
distances (50K, 52 miles, or 100 miles) most years since 1997and I've
entered them four times since 2000.
Below is a photo of Jim and Cody about a mile from the Porcupine Ranger
station before last year's 100-miler:
Quite a contrast from this year!
Yesterday we planned to meet Rich Garrison, Karen Powers, and Wendell
Robison out on the course near the Porcupine Ranger Station to survey
the conditions of the course after the snowfall and help with marking
the course and clearing trees, rocks, washed-out bridging, or whatever
they found. We learned later that Wendell's daughter Sue and her friend
DeForrest also helped all day.
We started out about an hour behind the group but couldn't catch
up. We turned around an hour of
post-holing through the deep snowdrifts. We could have used the snowshoes and high gaiters
that we left behind in Virginia! Rich and his crew, however, made it in four and
a half miles to Elk Camp. They spent 12-13 hours on the course.
Following are several of the
photos Rich took during the day:
I'm sure the 52- and 100-mile runners will be very grateful for that
new footbridge! Our heartiest THANKS to these intrepid volunteers for
helping to make the course more runner-friendly during the races this
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody, and
© 2007 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil