|Terry Sentinella enjoys a wet bridge crossing at Elowah Falls
lack of sleep for multiple days before race
lists to remind you to make lists
running most of the course with course marking supplies
meal planning, shopping, and organizing for post race
hiking in aid station supplies (James alone carried 6 gallons in one trip a mile to the last aid station)
driving on sketchy roads to get to where you hike in the aid station supplies
coordinating a multitude of volunteers
clean up after the race, including getting all aid station trash, tents, and supplies off the trails
sending out final emails to racers, respond to emails/calls from racers
getting race results up in a timely manner
There is so much more, this is just a handful of things a race director does in the few days before the race and after. Some jobs associated with directing take weeks or months, and some can only be done a day or two before a race. Directing a race is harder than running it, guaranteed. I traveled to the gorge in Oregon near Cascade Locks to help James with the first annual Gorge Waterfalls 50K. My duty? Do whatever he needed from Thursday through Sunday. The race took place on Saturday.
|James works on race stuff on Friday
|Course marking: running with rebar spears (and a sledge hammer), watch out for the rocks and roots!
|Me, one of three photographers for the race
Saturday's race was a big success, runners absolutely loved the waterfalls, the mossy forests, and the single track trails. Overall, racers reported that the race was both harder than they expected with a lot of smallish rocks in the trail, and more beautiful than expected. I was stationed at two points on the course to take pictures and video of the race. It rained the whole time I was on the course, from 7:30am to noon, but it was a little drizzle most of the time, making it bearable.
|Moss, rocks, giant sized landscape. You end up feeling like you are in a giant's garden.
Here is my favorite video I took at Elowah, it gives you an idea of the power of the falls:
More pictures from Elowah Falls:
Pictures from 2.5 miles into the course, not sure of the name of the falls:
|Jace, overall winner with a time of 4:25
|William Emmerson, 2nd place 4:49
|Shawna Tompkins (2nd woman) and Alvin Crain (11th man)
|Pam Smith, first woman and 3rd overall with a time of 4:49