Definitely Not Fun...
Believe me, the real meaning of DNF (Did Not Finish) entered my mind at roughly every mile on the mile at this year's Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Run. However, in gutting it out I experienced enough inspiration along the way to keep me going. Fellow runners, crew and aid station volunteers made my finish happen. So, thanks to all of you! Next year I go round number ten with Zane!
Congratulations to Geoff Roes, Hal Koerner and Bret Sarnquist for their podium finishes at this year's Zane.
Special thanks to Larry Hutton for all the photos you're about to witness.
Bedding down the night before Zane...dreaming of not getting lost.
A morning shot says it all. (from right to left) Bret Sarnquist: "Where's the start line?", Brian Tinder: "Where's my straight jacket?", Neko: "Where's my dog food?", Torrence: "Where's my bed?" Perhaps the music that was playing at that time had something to do with it?
Seconds before the 5am start, near Pine, AZ.
Flagstaff's James Willis (orange visor), Bret Sarnquist (yellow shirt) and Brian Tinder (back 'n black) await the "go" word.
And they're off.
Sunrise through the tall ponderosa pines in the Tonto National Forest.
Washington Park (mile 17)...trying to collect myself. Evan Reimondo made that possible. Thanks man!
The falls at Washington Park.
Bret Sarnquist started conservatively but finished a strong third by the day's end.
Women's winner Andi Felton ran solid all day long.
The Flagstaff Conga line: (left to right) 50-mile newbies Reid Swan and Evan Reimondo follow my foot-steps temporarily.
Jason Wolfe came out to pace Tinder for a spell.
James Willis rebounded well after experiencing a bad patch mid-race.
Portland's Amy Sproston made the trip only to be stymied by a recent calf injury.
A lot of walking this day.
Brian and Shea, his expectant wife, enjoy time together on the course.
The weekend's group: (r to l) Brian Tinder (holding Petzl), Shea Tinder, Amy Sproston, Evan Reimondo, Bret Sarnquist, Larry Hutton (holding Neko), the author.
Your Moment of Zen
Not all pacers are this creative & motivational.