The first Never Summer 100km trail race has come to a close, and I am in awe of all the finishers, as well as race directors Nick Clark and Pete Stevenson for pulling together such an amazing event.
As you can tell from this photo, taken by Erin Bibeau at the high point of the course, this is a truly tough, rugged race and the intense sun made the early climbs race-enders for many participants.
For me, volunteering at the Ruby Jewel Aid Station (mile 29.4), this other photo is what encapsulates my race experience: Sarah's truck, packed to the gills with runners' drop bags. After we broke down the aid station and transported everything back to the start/finish, there was not a single inch of space left!
The race is clearly off to a good start, and will become a Colorado running staple before long, I'm sure. In the meantime, kudos to all the runners, the race directors and all the volunteers. A great time was had by all, in a beautiful part of the Rockies.
Happy running, friends, and see you on the trail!