An hour before the 100k start.
Paul and I among others on the start line.
Heading out of Challis.
Start of the Lombard trail.
Long distance views of the competition.
Looking back at the Lost River Range and progress so far.
Wildflowers up high.
Up and over.
Jenn and Brian speed down to Bayhorse aid station.
Bayhorse aid station.
Drop bags arranged along the mining equipment display.
First time over 9000' - snow and mud.
Descent brings wildflowers and clean two track.
The open road down to Squaw Creek.
Western Tanager along Squaw Creek.
John H. emerges from the trees into an alpine meadow.
Tony and I grind our way up together for a while.
One of many stream crossings in the most remote stretch of the course.
Feet cooling action.
At Mackay aid! Photo: aid station volunteer.
The summit along the old Custer Motorway.
Descent in the late afternoon sun brings more mountains into view.
John O, Tony H, and I intersect and sit for popsicles at Fanny's. Photo: aid station volunteer.
Return to lush two track along the ridge to Buster.
Profusion of low wildflowers at the summit.
Deep and grand views to stop and pause for.
Rolling descent through white rock to more mountains.
Big cliff starting the long descent down from Buster Lake.
Early evening light along the improving dirt road.
Tony and his son - pacer for the final 6 miles into town.
Around the track to finish the race. Photo: Dondi
Glad to be here. Photo: Dondi
As much fun as it looks, always. Photo: Dondi
Paul L. just two minutes behind me. Photo: Dondi
To sit, to be. Photo: Dondi
Tony rolls on in. Photo: Dondi
Finisher rocks - from the river.
100k finishers jacket!