|See how it says "FINISH"?|
|The puddle took up the entire road!|
The rest of the race passed by nicely. It was wonderfully cool and the sky was overcast. I made it to the top of Smith's Knob and was greeted by John Johnson, race director of Chief Wetonah Challenge, taking photos of all the runners. He made some encouraging remarks and it was time to carry on. As I was going down the steep, rocky, and very tricky descent I started to hear people talking behind me. It drives me nuts. I work so stinking hard passing people on hills and straightaways only to lose that ground on the downhill. So I picked it up, but only a little. I managed to distance myself from the talkers and made it to the aid station on the fire road. I took some water and left. Then I heard footsteps gaining on me. Dang it!!! They got closer and closer. As I got to the end of the fire road where I needed to duck back into the woods I realized that it was Aaron behind me! So we chatted a bit about the race so far and started to gain on a couple guys in front of us. We passed one fellow together, then started to climb yet another hill.
|Its hard to appreciate the elevation, but here's a course map anyway|
I fixed my eyes on the gray shirt of a runner in front of me and distanced myself from Aaron. It took some time, but I caught up to gray shirt, chatted with him briefly, and then passed him. It wasn't too long after then that I made it to the finish. Gray shirt came in next followed not too far behind by Aaron.
|A race photo where it actually looks like I am running!|