October 11, 12, 2008:
Well, for the third year in a row, Raul Flores and I set up our "Mirage aid station" at mile 95.2 of the Heartland 100-mile course. This year, we had help.
Raul, Christie, and Debbie await 50-mile Nerd Finishers, Nick and Coleen..
Also, some of the "Nerds Crew" and finishers of the 50-mile race helped to setup the aid station.
Speaking of which, Coleen and Nick did well in their first 50-miler, too. Coleen rocked 2nd place female overall, and Nick was 10th in the entire field, overall. We're proud of our Nerds! Wynn Davis (from Wisconsin) won the 100-miler, with our Nerd (Caleb Chatfield) pacing him the last 30 miles.
AND, Nerds Co-founder, Kyle Amos took 3rd overall in the 100!!! Kyle looked awesome at mile 95, too! Gary Henry was out there again too, providing aid station support and course cleanup.
Nick and Coleen after their finish.
Raul works on Coleen while she sips some of my homebrew.
Nick gets equal treatment. Ouch!!!
Working the aid station was a blast. I was very tired to start with, because I'd been called into work at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, and had missed out on at least 4 hours of sleep that night. Going into something like this with a sleep deficit is not a good thing. Luckily, I got a couple of hours of sleep at about 9 to 11 p.m., prior to the big surge of runners coming through. Check out the photos:
The Elemental Packing Job.
Set up crew.
Our motto. We had shovels at the aid station to back it up, too.
Wynn Davis, just 5 miles prior to his Wynn-Win situation.
Runners on the course.
Dale Perry needs some of my homebrew to straighten him out.
Kyle Amos & family.
Gary Henry's Photos.
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