Much thanks to Jeri Dieter for these photos -she was there cheering on her son, Garrett. I ran quite a bit of this race with Garrett a couple years ago - I believe that was his first trail race. Strong running family, nice to see them at so many events around town -
That's Garrett in the blue, right-center, and me in the black, left-center. Fingers on watches, almost ready to start. Despite this picture, once we got out on the trail, it seemed like almost everyone was wearing blue - of the top ten, I'd guess eight people were wearing that same royal blue color.
This one was taken right near the radio towers aid station (hence the power lines.) About 2 miles into a 4 mile downhill - fun, swooping singletrack - I was really enjoying myself right about here.
Finally, shuffling through the grass in between the cones to the finish line in Rancho San Rafael. I think I look stronger than I really felt right there - I didn't have much left at the end.