Race morning up and wide awake by 6:00am. Solid night of sleep and nerves were calm. We arrived in the Gemini Bridges parking lot a bit after 7:00 am for an 8:00 am start. Looking up at the mesa in front of us was amazing. Once we had our bibs we relaxed for a bit before heading to start line. Right on schedule RD Chris Martinez counted us down and then we were on our way.
|Start area with the first climb in the background|
|First climb of the day|
|Looking back on the first 3 miles|
Next few miles were some brief up & down run able sections. Then came a bit longer climb that placed us on the rim of mesa now looking down on our car. Arches National Park was across the view too. Snapped a few more photos then switched to video mode for the downhill section that would be leading us to the next aid station. Feeling great I ran a sub 8 minute mile while taping. Reaching the second aid station (13 miles 2:20). Here we noticed my left knee had a quarter size blood stain. Not sure how that happened. Which I had a cool story like a gecko bit me or a snake, but no idea of what was the event that caused it.
|Red rock running|
|Beautiful day for moab running|
New trail friends (Keith & Bill) with Lauren and me Mile 17
|At the bottom of the long descend; now ankle deep sand|
|Slick running up & down|
|Finish area aka Poison Spider|
For the entire photo collection of the race: https://plus.google.com/photos/115660446390091006948/albums/5712014117366182209