I woke up Saturday morning at 7am, a sleep in for me, and immediately thought "the KM 100 runners have already been out there for an hour".
I went to check the webcast to see who and how many actually started. 155 crossed the timing mats at the start.
I had a few hours of regret. I kept thinking "I should be there". "I should have stuck with my program and toughed it out". I checked the weather. 70's, overcast, scattered showers. "not bad", I thought. I neglected to check the dewpoint.
When I saw the runners cross at 50k, I was surprised. Grabowski was in 8th place, but banking a 5:25 50k. Wow, he was running a conservative race. Must have fallen and hit his head.
I was keeping an eye on Karen S., her first 100, and she looked tied for second.
Zach, John G, and the Saari's all looked to be sticking together.
The first sign of bad was when I checked the details of the weather. Dewpoint 65. Ouch! That is like 2 years ago.
Soon I hear that Karen dropped. Dizzy and headache. Dehydration.
Then I hear from Kevin that he and Dehart dropped, and that it was brutally hot and humid. It sucked the life and desire out of both of those hard core runners. Helen couldn't even get them to finish out the 100K. I would have loved to see that conversation. I wouldn't have been surprised if Helen was saying "stop being such babies".
Then the updates painted an ugly picture.
Brian Peterson was running the 100k, did the first 50k in 4:02! Came in 1st with a 9:4something. He was the only 100k runner not to get chicked by Crawford who finished second.
The hundred updates looked awful. I then felt glad about my decision to sit this one out.
Zach's wife was posting updates, and it did not sound good. Zach decided to take the 100k finish instead of the 100m. Smart move. I know Zach could have finished, but the price he was going to pay was significant.
So the night took its toll on the runners, and the Lapham girls came through nicely. Angela Barbera and Deb Vomhof finished well... around 28 hours, I think.
Congrats to Nolan Ming for finishing 3rd. That must have been some bad ass running in the last 40. Great job Nolan.
The KC Nerds cleaned house, though. They got 3 of the top 4 spots.
Great job to all who showed up and put forth effort.
If any of you want to share a race report, email me and I will post it.
I might run Afton 50K. I am feeling better.