Some other runner experiences I came across:
A First Endurance couple's account here. I borrowed this picture from them, since it does the best job so far I've come across of showing how freaking steep and tricky that downhill portion was. Click on the photo for better detail.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that's me directly in the middle of the picture with the black shorts, white shirt, and sun hat.
Lori finished in under 9 hours.
Jeff killed the course in 7 hours 19 minutes.
6 months ago