I stayed at a condo in the Village with Maria Clementi (who paced elite racer Connie Gardner) and Jenny (cannot recall her last name) who was crewing for another runner. Our view was that of the start of the race which is all up. I decided then that I would run to the top of the mountain before I left Squaw Valley.I had dinner with our gang as well as Jenn Shelton and her boyfriend Erik Skaggs. Jenn would be pacing eventual second place finisher Anton Krupicka. He is such a beautiful runner to watch.
Saturday morning I helped at the packet pickup sizing and handing out Moeben arm sleeves to participants. I got to meet so many amazing runners, and the elite moving right along the line with the others. Nikki Kimball was all smiles. Meghan Arborgast, Devon Crosby-Helms came through. The men were equally impressive. I recall Kilian Jornet Burgada unassumingly gather his swag. The one and only Gordy Ainsleigh(originator of the event) and I shook hands. Representatives of Zoombie Runner and Running Warehouse were running. Neat stuff.
I guess it was about 8:30pm or so when Shannon and Tamara come into view. I rush over anxious to see how she is doing and to start pacing. Shannon is smiling and Tamara said she was doing well. After a few minutes filling up bottles we head into the darkness with headlamps and flashlights.
The next aid station, Green Gate, is only 1.7 miles away. BUT it's all up. I start to worry about Shannon. She requests a 5 minute nap and curls up with the dusty trail and nocturnal bugs. I flick a spider trying to mingle in her strands of hair. Shannon couldn't care less.
The aid station leader asked me where our crew was. I said 'you're looking at it.' We caught a ride back to the hotel from a super nice couple who had been volunteering at the aid station. Thank goodness for them.