Well, it was not really a marathon, in the traditional sense,
but what is known as a "trail marathon." A trail marathon is just
another name for a 26.2 mile endurance course!! This one went
through about every kind of terrain that you can think of to include
up mountains, through desert, woods, over streams, and even through
someone’s backyard. At one point I can remember running on sand
through a desert area, sweating like a stuck pig, and looking
up to see a snow capped mountain beside me.
This Lone Pine Wild Wild West Marathon, as we were told
by Gary, is on the list for the Top Ten hardest marathons in
the United States. After running it, I believe it.
The first 5 miles were up a mountain and very little running
was done. In fact, 30% of the whole run was walking because
of all the steep hills. The longest stretch we ran continuously
was 7 miles. It took me 6 hours and 3 minutes to finish and
the winning time was 3 hours 41 minutes!! In other words, it
was one of the toughest things I have ever done.