We had several comments on our spread. Most hike in only aid stations are limited to water and a few very light snacks. We hiked in over 40 gallons of water, Nuun Lemon-Lime Electrolytes, peanut butter, jelly, nut butter, several liters of Coke and Ginger Ale, Nutella, bananas, M&M's, salt tabs, Tums, chairs, candy bags, ice, Cliff Shots, V- Fuel, chips, satellite phone, a medical kit and we even had a jet boil with pots, pans, and soup!
Several times we were asked by runners "What possessed you to come do this, you had to hike all this gear in?" All I could respond with was "What possessed you to run 200 miles?" Many of the answers were the same..."Well, it sounded good at the time."
The day was hot, gorgeous views, open sky with little to no shade. As I looked out over the Plains of Abraham it made my stomach tense remembering last years Volcanic 50 ultra I ran and the struggle to make it through that area. (I will take this on again in less than 4 weeks.) We were at the Windy Pass Aid Station (as it was named) and it was approx. 30 miles into the run. Most runners seemed fairly fresh but their were a few with some serious issues. One had vomited non-stop since the first aid station and could hold nothing down. One ran out of water very early on, with nothing to filter with he was running into trouble. Another racer gave him his water bottle and the man made it to our aid station spending almost 30 minutes there hoping to recoup and press on.
The human body under these conditions literally becomes a garbage can; it is very entertaining watching runners of ultra-distances stuff every item in sight their throat, while emptying their pockets of food trash from the last aid station. We joked that we were serving the Windy Ridge Goulash, it all goes to the same place right?
A race of this status brought folks from all over. I worked with 2 from Canada, there were a few runners from New England, Austrailia and I'm sure other areas. I am looking forward to working this event next year! If anyone is interested in volunteering at an event please contact me directly. And if anyone was wondering, Big Foot was not spotted....at least not yet.