In other news, this past weekend I had the pleasure of running an Aid Station at the annual VHTRC race over the entire 71 mile Massanutten Trail loop. As some of you know, we simply call it: "The Ring". I've run both this Fall version as well as the winter "Reverse Ring" in the past, so I figured it was time to give back to the selfless Quatro Hubbard and Mike Bur who put on these FREE races every year. Through a network of amazingly coordinated volunteers, every runner's drop bag is moved ahead from aid station to aid station along the course, so you're never without your gear every time you pop out of the woods. For a free race, this one offers better aid that some $$ races. This year, the Moreland Gap aid station (mile 40.7) was my charge. I had a blast over the course of afternoon/evening out there, and was pretty sad to see the last runner come through a little after 10pm...I could have stayed out there all night!
|Kari Brown (seated) takes a breather on her way to the women's win (and 3rd overall!). Quatro Hubbard Photo|
|Hiroyuki & Yukiko Nishide (top row, center) displayed true marital support by running together the whole way!|
|In the end, it was a great day to help out some fellow runners in the mountains! Quatro Hubbard Photo|