We arrived at the Salt Fork State Park OH Lodge with Liz on Friday. The room was very nice. We like the
Race Director, Vince Rucci, giving the last minute instructions:
Race timing was done by Jim Chaney:
Here is a group of fast runners: Shaun Pope (1st overall, left) and Brian Polen (2nd overall, right), with Joe Jurczyk in the middle:
The trails were well-marked with red blazers. Liz was nervous but I told her that it is almost impossible to get lost. There was a variety of running surfaces, technical trails, some asphalt, lots of grass (the least favorite part for many runners). I enjoyed parts of the trail when it was running along the lake. It reminded me of Greece. If I were not running a race, I would have stepped out of the trail to sit by the water and enjoy the view.
Place Name Age Lap1 Lap2 Lap3 Finish Pace
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1 Shaun Pope 23 1:19:24 1:28:30 1:35:21 4:23:15 8:27
2 Brian Polan 32 1:27:25 1:32:26 1:43:31 4:43:22 9:05
3 Micah Scott 22 1:28:07 1:34:21 1:55:01 4:57:29 9:33
4 George Themelis 52 1:41:22 1:41:04 1:42:26 5:04:52 9:47
Except for the few short encounters when I passed other runners, I ran the entire race alone. I was thinking that this is the curse of leading runners... They run alone. I enjoy company, so running alone is not fun... :( I did, however, run 5 miles with Kevin Martin. Here I took a picture of Kevin, at the road stretch leading to the mid-course aid station:
Aid station volunteers were very helpful. Pam Pickel is filling up my water bottle at the mid-course aid station, at about mile 15:
Complete results at: http://chaneyevents.com/results/2012busteroverall.txt
That was back when I was carbo-loading and I hit a terrible wall 3 miles before the end when my glycogen reserves were exhausted. This cannot happen today when my run is fueled mostly by fat.
[However, the next day I went for a 17 mile training run for