|Mike Wolfe with Stinson Beach as an amazing backdrop to this HiDef Running Day. |
Photo by Brett Rivers "The Money Shot" :-)
|This pic rocks too - Dakota "Young Money" Jones with Wolfe - Again Great shot Brett!|
|Mike enjoying the moment. Photo by Brett Rivers|
|Winner - Anna Frost - Photo by Brett Rivers|
A few numbers for you:
1 - Perfect Day for "Hi-Def" running in the Marin Headlands
2 - New Modified Courses for both (both easier)
5 - This is the 5th year of TNF 50M and 50K races
360 Started 50M
$10,000 - First Prize for both first Male and Female
1st Male - Mike Wolfe - The North Face
1st Female - Anna Frost - Salomon Running
$4,000 - Second Prize
2nd Male - Dakota Jones - Montrail
2nd Female - Ellie Greenwood - Montrail
1,000 - Third Prize
3rd Male - Adam Campbell - Salomon Running
3rd Female - Joelle Vaught - Montrail
388 Started 50K
52nd in 5:46 PR - This Guy!
1 - Free Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale for all finishers.
959 - My Ultra Lucky Number for the day. One thing I can always admit to is alwyas hoping to get a good number. I am always looking for a 5 or double numbers. This was "Lucky Dog" special because of the 9's surrounding the 5. The 9's in this case represent my Weimaraner named "NINER" whom I just put down back in September.
|Niner and I at Crissy Field - His second home sweet home. Miss ya buddy!|
|A Weimaraner at finish. Good boy!|
|Start of 50M at 5am.|
|At TNF store on Friday for packet pick-up. Hal Koerner on Left... Tracy Garneau on Right... Security in the middle.|
My ultrarunning roadtrippin' sidekick, Dan Decker, had to give Hal a little elbow before leaving the store after packet pickup in SF.
|They had a keg! Of course they did.|
Seriously, we can all be so ultra-lucky to have someone like JB Benna (and Jennifer B. too) to document what we love so much. Overall, it was nice to be able to put a personality to runners we call stars in our sport. Since only recently getting to know a little about Hal, Carly, JB, and Jennifer, it brought me closer to the movie. It was especially important (and to my surprise) to learn about Killian's upbringing. I won't spoil that. Great action shots from beginning to end. Ultimately, the Gordon Ainsleigh rejoins (is that a correct movie term) or comments throughout the movie kept the audience barking with joy. I found my self laughing several times, especia lly when Jenn Shelton spoke. What's not to love about this girl. She's hysterically funny, runs fast, loves beer, and barely wears any clothes. There must have been some good cuts from this movie that we never say. When it comes down to it, if you run ultra's this movie is a must have for your multimedia library.
|Jenn Shelton Pacing Tony Krupicka to 2nd Place at 2010 Western States 100|
Now, that you know I stay at the Youth Hostel every year for TNF or Miwok (running or volunteering) its equally important to share this info with you. This is a must if you are running the 50M or 50K. Where else can you get a pic with Goeff Roes or Ellie Greenwood like this?
|Chatting about how he is going to let me win this year. Then off to the Screening of 'Unbreakable". Your 2010 Male Ultrarunner of the Year|
|Ellie the Magnificent! Female UROY 2011 - Ultrarunner of the Year|
The 50Mile race starts at 5am which requires headlamps for the start. The 50K race starts at 7am. I got up at 4:30 to go shoot video of the start. Probably helps to have a light. Should make for good edit though. No need to go back to bed as I return 150 yards back to the Marin Headlands Youth Hostel for breakfast. I had 2 cups of coffee, 2 Peanut Butter Lara Bars, and 1 Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Bar. I then showered and put on my Quicksilver Running Club gear and relaxed on the comfy Pottery Barn Couches until Bree, Lisa and Dan arrived via shuttle from San Francisco.
I continued on to the finish and was able to enjoy myself with fellow Quicksilver Running Club runners and all the other participants. Yah, I will be back for a 6th, 7th, and so on, but, only in the 50K. This is a perfect distance to end the year. And, unless you are gonna finish the 50 mile in under 8 hours, then my recommendation to you is to only run the 50K so you can enjoy the after party.
If you made it all the way down here then you will be rewarded with the moral of the story... If you want the fastest time possible, then don't bring your camera. If you wanna create great memories and smiles for others, then make sure you have your camera for your next ultra.
And more shots of the after party!