So, looking back at the 2012 Black Hills 100.. it was.. interesting. It was just plain hot out, though. The race started at 6am and it was already near 80 degrees, and would do nothing but climb up, up, and up all day long.
The Black Hills race organization still has a ways to go with keeping track of runners, marking the course through the ATV bits (chaos), marking the course for navigation in the dark (double chaos--I had to just guess at some points), and communication between aid stations (currently none--and no cell service). That being said, I'm going to come back sometime and finish this course. I kind of like having races to avenge.
The good news, though, is that Jeremy made it through another one of these, and is now 3 for 3 at the 100-mile distance, which is pretty darn amazing. There's 6 Gnarly candidates left: Aaron Buffington, John Taylor, Jeremy Lindquist, and Brian Woods all completed the hundred, and Arika Hage and Alan Holz worked the 100k. Daryl, Wayne, Rick, and I are officially out. However, there was a huuuuge bonus to my dropping: after calling it at mile 58, I got to hang out with ultra-legend Eric Clifton for a few hours on our way back along the course into Sturgis. It was amazing hearing him talk about Barkley, Badwater, Western States, etc. I mean, the guy's won just about every race out there and he's still running with reckless abandon. Gotta respect the hell out of that.
In the meantime, Hardrock started TODAY! After seeing Jordan Hanlon up at 13k above Hope Pass this weekend, maybe it's a good thing the waitlist only got to #32 this year (Hanlon was #37).