Here’s a look at the 50 mile finishers’ medals. Sandstone cut from a local quarry. Overall winners’ (1st, 2nd, and 3rd- Male and Female, both distances) plaques were made with the same materials.
Not too excited about the T-shirts. I like the look O.K . but they’re terrible to run in. The big “Z” in the middle of your chest is not breathable and causes a big sweat patch there. I thought that I had ordered the mesh style performance shirts and had envisioned little holes that allowed the logo portion to breathe. Should have gone with the other shirt design but oh well. Overzealous rookie RD mistake… Feel free to donate to a volunteer if you’re not stoked on the shirt. We’ve had a recent influx in volunteers(good) so it looks like we’re going to come up short with shirts for them (bad).
But I couldn’t be happier about the belt buckles. They are going to blow your mind as they look even better in person and each one is truly an individual work of art and made out of materials gathered from the race course. In a little over a week anybody that can survive 100 miles will be sporting one of these bad-boys!
The ten day forecast is out and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one (85-89 degrees, depending on the website.) Be prepared for the worst and pray for something better :)
For those running the 100, Friday afternoon is going to be the toughest. Cover up and take advantage of any opportunity that you have to get wet. The trails at the lower elevations between mile 31 and 45 are often rough and hard to get into a rhythm on.
50 milers will be out there in the exposed desert during the heat of the day as well, but have smoother/faster trail surfaces to run on during this time.