Sunrise sky above the starting hillside.
Mountains glow to the west at the start.
Jim Skagg's traditional to the point pre-race brief.
All together on the road start.
Wrap around the fence into the island backcountry.
Towards Frary Peak, same beginning as the Buffalo Run but far more pleasant temps.
A speedy descent to the lakeside after the first AS.
Our first really rocky stretch coming uphill.
A few sunflowers hang on yet on the switchbacks up.
Here the race course diverges for the fall 50k to the more remote southern side.
Sunflower stalks against a lakeside mirror.
Rabbitbrush and very loose gravel change the pace.
A surreal juxtaposition of smooth rocks appears around a bend.
The trees! Utah Junipers mark our climb.
More soft peaks to the south yet.
A young golden-doodle greets me at AS #2 and samples electrolytes from my hand.
We enjoy a short ridge traverse on top of the island.
Hopping the ridge over and down to the east side. Wasatch range is across the lake.