Yesterday I volunteered at Rainshadow Running's first annual Gorge Waterfalls 50k. No doubt this will quickly become one of the must do ultras in Oregon. It seemed to be a tougher race than most of the runners expected. But everyone had a positive attitude.
There were only two full aid stations and I worked at the second one at mile 20. Liz and Kamm were the captains so, of course, it was a well-run, organized ship. Due to my habit of getting the water and sports drink mixed up, I volunteered to handle the food table. It poured rain for a lot of the race, so the challenge was keeping things dry, even with a canopy.
Highlights of the race included seeing my Portland chick buddys conquer the course and meeting some facebook friends for the first time in real life. Also, very near the cutoff, a very accomplished maniac was thinking of dropping. He looked pretty good, but I think the course was just tougher than he expected. Normally, I think this kind of thing is a personal decision. But he told me this would be his first dnf. Since he really did appear to be okay, I told him he needed to keep going. Just then, the Beast came through. I told him, go with the Beast and you'll finish for sure! So he did and I saw later that he finished. Yay!
For volunteering, I get a free entry into another Rainshadow race. I hope I can do the Beacon Rock 50k (or 25k ) in June. I'm still not running due to my foot. The pool and I have become close friends. Next week is Pac Rim One Day. I'm volunteering and crewing. Marc is running. And the Little Guy will appear as mascot once again.