|Christy, Sarah, Tim, Cary, Tim, SuZe, Dana, Laura, Will, Blake (not pictured)|
Day 1: Raccoon Mtn, 18-miles of rolling single track that encircles this big lake on top of the mountain. There are some beautiful views extending down the mountain to the lower resevoir. Most trail runners however do not like this course too much. Yes it is fast and considered flat for eastern Tennessee, however, the constant roll makes the entire course runnable which means no big climbs (walks) with equivalent descents.
|James and Donita|
We get back to the camp and enjoy spaghetti and sweet potatoes made by James and Donita. I also had a first in my life. Will, Laura and SuZe made me eat a roasted brussels sprout (it wasn't that bad). The day ended with Smore's by a campfire. This seemed to be a highlight and after watching Sarah eat three I encouraged her to eat another, hoping she would have to peel off the next day!
|Kelly the fireater|
|Scott don't realize I peed in the water.|
Day 3: Signal Mtn, 20 miles of big ascents and not so fast descents. This course was as beautiful as the day before. Very technical with the first few miles a train of runners. I was actually running with Christy Scott and Dana Overton until they thought it best to leave me going back up the mountain from Suck Creek (the nerve of them). Unfortunately I got behind a train of two ladies that I had beat the previous day. Finally getting around them I take off. All of a sudden a guy yells out some sailor like cusswords and grabs his ankle. That dingleberry got stung by a bee. Evidently so did about 30 more people. Around mile 10 I heard a lady say "Oh my God"...I looked up and this man had fallen on the rocks and busted open his head and blood was everywhere. I said dude you need some Aleve? So I gave him two and left. At the top of the mountain there is one of them Pippie Longstocking's...I passed her shortly after. Some of the most beautiful trails winded around a meandering creek. I finally climb back to the top and running the last two miles to the finish. Two things happened. Pippie Longstocking came flying by me around a 7 minute pace. So I did what any man would do. I pushed her down. I don't care...she don't know me like that. Nah, I didn't. I finish the race strong and very proud of what I had accomplished.
Blake Thompson (5th) was the big winner followed by Timothy Pitt (22nd), Scott Schlapman (27th), Will Barnwell (32nd) and Timothy Pitts (35th). The rest of the crew, myself, Dana Overton, Christy Scott, Sarah Tierney, Laura McCrain, and Suzanne Erickson all had respectable times.
So at the end of the race many people are rinsing off. Well I decide to take it a step farther not realizing Janice was taking a picture... I'm sorry Christy.