Several of us drove from Utah up to McCall, ID to crew and pace a couple of friends, (Breein Clark and Jeremy Achter) at the IMTUF 100. This race is a seriously tough, remote, and long race. It's advertised as a 100-mile event. We think it actually runs around 108-110 miles total.
the race starts and finishes at Burgdorf Hot Springs. Think very rustic, no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing in the cabins.
I got up there around 8:30 Friday evening, found the cabin we were staying in and moved in. The rest of the evening was spent drinking beer and engaging in high school age humor. In other words, fun. We did get to bed at a reasonable hour though since our runners had to be at the start at 6am. No moon or clouds at night, and being well away from the city lights meant that the stars were absolutely spectacular.
I didn't sleep too well, but neither did anyone else, so 5:15 came pretty early. Up, make some coffee, get our runner ready and walk to long 50 yards down to the starting line. Once the runners started, we headed back to the cabin, ate breakfast, loaded up all of our stuff and hit the road to the first place we could see our runners.
|It's a rugged trail out there.|
We first met our runners at about 13 miles in. They were both doing well and we got them fed, hydrated and out. After that, we had several hours to wait, so we headed into town to grab some lunch and harrass people on facebook. Then, back out to the aid station at 33 miles.
|Upper Payette Lake|
|Just waiting for our runners at the Upper Payette aid station|
|Jeremy and his pacer Mike heading out from Snowslide aid|
At Lake Fork, Breein and Jeremy switched their pacers. Aric had paced Breein for this section and Mike had paced Jeremy. Now it was Jared (Jeremy) and Harrison's (Breein) turn to take them through the night.
|Breein looking happy and good at Snowslide aid|
Jeremy showed up first at around 8:30 and picked up Mike as a pacer for the last 15 miles. Jeremy looked really good other than being tired. Breein didn't roll in until around 11:15am. I had gone for a short run down the dirt road hoping to find her and Harrison and I did manage to about 3/4 mile away.
|Breein getting ready to head out with Aric from Snowslide aid|
We got Breein squared away and the two of us set out for the remaining 15 or so miles. Over the first four miles or so, she moved very well, running long stretches, chatting.
|Random log cabin we came across in the middle of nowhere|
Stomach was still bothering her, but she kept everything down. By now we were traversing along a ridge and the scenery was gorgeous.
|Showing off her finisher's belt|
I'm thinking about running this one next year. Gorgeous scenery, really hard race.