Well everyone was really disappointed with out weather. "Right!!"" Conditions were great for Alabama in late July. In face, it was downright cool with a low in the upper 60s, high temperatures about 85 and overcast skies all morning. There were even a few sprinkles early on. No one had to drag themselves across the line begging for water.
There is no better way to spend a Saturday than hanging around a butch of trail runners and it doesn't matter where they are form. Two weeks ago I was in Silverton, Colorado as aid station captain for the Cunningham Gulch AS for the Hardrock 100, the hardest "real 100" mile race on earth. Was that ever an incredible experience. This weekend we spent Saturday around the South's greatest bunch of runners. We ended up with over 150 registered runners and 142 finishers. And did we ever have a bunch of great volunteers.
Following the race everyone hang around for a little food and drink before heading over to Dan Ripple's house where he and his wife Ericka had created quite a spread for a cookout and pool party. Unfortunately for Marye Jo and me it took a while to get everything broken down and loaded up and then I had to haul it all back to our house. We finally make it to the party about the time it was beginning to break up. I still had time to eat way too much really good "awful" food. Thanks to everyone for making the Hotter 'N Hell Race so much fun.
See the links to Suman's pictures from the race on Marathon Runs (mRuns.com)
The Race start on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsBy7udfoeA
Here is a link to the Youtube version of the HNH runners headed into the woods.