Another great day over on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trails in PA. The weather was nice; humid, but a high of about 73 degrees.
I was helping out at the Maple Summit Road AS, with Rich Vriboncic Aid Station Captain again. It was almost the same crew as last year, so we worked really well together.
I had to wear my "Rick Freeman" hat.
The 70.5 mile runners started at 530am and started arriving at our aid station starting about 715 am.
|Kirstin Corris from VHTRC arriving|
|Kirstin and hubs Tom|
|The General Bob Gaylord of Team Gaylord|
|Rick Freeman, Tim Hewitt, Cam Baker|
|Athena Moore on her way to finish her first ultra!!!!|
|Allison Holko arriving|
Once we got all the runners through, and the sweep arrived-a side note-all races should have a sweep. That gives you accountability that the AS Captain knows everyone that is still in the race has gone through the AS.
Caroline Williams was the sweep through this section, another VHTRC'er, it was good to see her again!
My plan had been to drive to the 50K finish line, and run backwards on the course to get my mileage in for the day, but then Rich wanted to run with me, so we ran right from Maple Summit road down to Mile Marker 15, one of my favorite spots on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
Then I drove north to Route 31, around Donegal, to the 50K finish line. I had to decide whether I just wanted to hang out, or go run down the trail to find Allison.
You guessed it, down the trail I went.
I got to climb up and down Radio Tower Hill before I caught up to Allison, so I did get in a little bit of hill work that day. Then Cam caught up to us both, so we both paced Allison in to her finish.
|Allison meeting her goal!!|
Then, alas, it was time to head off for home. By the time I arrived at home, I was whipped! I felt like I had run the 50K myself. Early morning, 5 hours time on feet, 14 miles running..yeah, I guess that will do it.
Most of the time when I make it over to the Laurel Highlands, it's winter or early spring. I really had forgotten how beautiful the trail is. I need to make the time to get back over here in the lush greenness of summer!