When Kurt started talking about bringing the TC Running RV up to Oberg to man the aid station, I told him I was in for sure. Then when John Horns decided to run his first 100 miler, I told him I was in for crewing too. Luckily, John is incredibly fast and I got to do both!
Crewing and Pacing
John ran the course pretty much perfectly…stayed real steady and put a lot of trail behind him during the daylight. He got pretty worried around halfway when he wasn’t holding his pace, but I think we finally convinced him that no one holds their pace steady in this race or any 100 (except for maybe Adam Schwartz-Lowe who ran an incredible second half). He came into every aid station within 5-10 minutes of when we expected him based on the splits we had. It’s crazy how much you can learn from crewing…I definitely learned a lot from John.
|John coming into Silver Bay around mile 25.|
Volunteering at Oberg
The TCRC Oberg Crew consisted mostly of Kurt, Paul, Bateman, Dylan, and I. We didn’t just consider ourselves volunteers – our goal was to be the Crew for every runner who came through Oberg that day and help them out however we could. Man we were busy, with runners from all three races coming through steady all day. Hopefully we didn’t dish out too much bad advice and mess up anyone’s last section :).
This was my first time volunteering at an aid station in a 100, and I’m convinced there is no better way to gain appreciation and understanding for this sport. It’s so incredible seeing the whole spectrum of runners heading into their last section. The frontrunners make it look easy, but you know they are in at least as much pain and have worked incredibly hard for a long time to get there. The people fighting the cut-off were the most inspiring…I can’t even fathom the thought of still having so much determination and commitment after being chased by the sweeps for 95.5 miles. I was so happy to hear later that everyone who left our aid station made it to the finish in time.
|Photo from Zach Pierce who finished his 2nd Sawtooth 100 on Saturday!|
This was the scene at the last aid station when he came through.
I told myself at last year’s race that running Sawtooth was a one-time experience for me – the course was too hard and there are too many other great adventures out there to be had. After last weekend though, I know I’ll be back. There might be a lot of other races out there, but this one’s just different...