Friday, July 10, 2009
Hardrock Update from Cunningham Gulch (9.2 miles)
Watching the runners come into Cunningham Gulch was amazing. The aid station was located in a valley with steep cliff walls on each side and a waterfall flowing down one side. The runners would appear way up high, above the waterfall and we could watch them as the worked themselves down the switchbacks to the valley floor where they would cross a small stream into the choas of the aid stations. The lead runners were:
Scott Jamie at 1 hour, 56 minutes, followed by Karl Meltzer 20 seconds behind. Then it was Jared Campbell, Sam Thompson, Troy Howard, Diana Finkle (leading woman), Ryan Burch, and Andy Jones Wilkins. This is the order as I witnessed them. It differs from the webcast which I have noticed is not 100% accurate. Jamil came thorugh in 19th place at 2:24, Andrew at 2:29 (34th). Honey and Kirk came in close together at 2:42, followed by Robert and Jody. All looked good, although Jody was complaining about not feeling well before pressing on.