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2002 BISHOP HIGH SIERRA 50 ULTRA-MARATHON PICS I

 

 
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The medal (above) they gave out was wrong (blamed on a "senior moment"). The race took place on May 18th, 2002.

Here's Gary starting the momentous trek.
And here I come, trying to look cool while running in the California desert.
Almost every turn was a panoramic opening on a beautiful scene.
Desert, mountains, and snow. The big three for California ultra racing.
Gary is negotiating "Ankle Break Alley."
...just...climbed...up....can't.......breath........
Here is the highest point of the race, about halfway. This is the closest I got to any snow and I was missing one lung and most of the other by this point. I could hardly hold up my arms.
About 7 miles down the road, I had to get a pic of these mountains I was climbing up. I had been running most of the day and making it to the second checkpoint was still in question at this point.
This was nature's toilet. Go HERE to read what dangers lurked beneath!!!
I finished! Beating a 55-year-old lady for second-to-last place, I amble over the finish line at 13:33:09.
This crazy lady wanted to dance an 80's-style dance with me at the finish line. Her hair was really like that all the time. (Just kidding, they ripped off my tag for the "official" timing.)
The next morning I am standing between my car and the Garymobile. Somehow this picture captures my sore state just in the way I'm standing.
Looking toward the torture area, this is the hotel we stayed at ("Why, no, I'm not an ultra-runner, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night...")
Last shot of me holding my cup of coffee just prior to making the 8-hour drive back to Monterey. We had just come out of a bread shop that makes the most fantastic donuts (that I earned many times over!). Notice once again how this pic captures my all-encompassing pain.

How it all started...

2000 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2001 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Big Sur International Marathon
2002 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Bishop 50-mile Ultra-Marathon

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