12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF
Short-Term Running Goals:
Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)
Long-Term Running Goals:
Unretire at some point
Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler
Win a 100 mile ultramarathon
I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos! And I have the absolute best wife in the world. And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!
The waiting is over!!! My Barkley race report is finally posted. It's the longest race report I've ever written or hope to write. I hope it's enjoyable, interesting, and entertaining.
From Bam on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:03:31 from 184.108.40.206
Wow. I read every word and recommend that all who come here do so too. Awesome Jon.
You have picked up invaluable experience, which will help you finish in future.
Well done and congrats on quitting. I'm glad that through the fog you found somebody to quit with - it would have been a nightmare finding your way out of there on your own.
Thanks for taking the time to write up such an enjoyable report. It was truly remarkable.
From J Cole on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 20:14:32 from 220.127.116.11
Longest report til next years Barkley write up?
I second everything Bam said above. Really good read.
From Jon on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 20:57:56 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks, guys. Especially for your kind words, Bam- I really appreciate it. Yeah, if the fog didn't let up, I would have rather spent 10 hrs up there all night waiting to make my way out in daylight than get lost. That would have been a long night, but ooooh the stories I could tell.
From Kam on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 20:58:55 from 22.214.171.124
Your new blog title is well earned.
From Jon on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 20:59:48 from 126.96.36.199
Justin- nah, it will be shorter in the future (assuming I get in again). I'll be the low-key veteran... "the second half of loop 3 went well other than the 30 minute delay due to a mother bear and pack of wild boar. Fortunately, a well placed lightning strike solved that problem and allowed us to finish the loop 5 hours later."
From Bret on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 13:27:34 from 188.8.131.52
I read your report with fascination at the event and was warmed by the camaraderie and personal connections you described. Well done in the race and well done with the story you earned to tell. Impressive all around. Congrats.
From Jake K on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 13:44:32 from 184.108.40.206
Very entertaining and interesting report Jon. Took me 2 days to finish reading, but well worth it.
From Jon on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:28:27 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks, Bret and Jake. Although I'm surprised it took 2 days to read- I thought it would take more like 30 minutes. I didn't realize I had made it quite long enough to be a multi-day novel :)
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 18:45:07 from 18.104.22.168
You should be a poet or a novelist instead of an engineer.
From Jake K on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 19:26:57 from 22.214.171.124
it only took 2 days because i took a break halfway, trying to fully appreciate the timescale of how long you were running.
From Kendall on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 02:18:53 from 126.96.36.199
Thanks for the detail. Finished reading today. I remember reading or hearing about Wasatch for the first time years ago, I was so intrigued and in awe. Years later, having completed Wasatch, those same feelings come back reading about Barkley--the enormity of this race is fascinating and yet daunting. Inspiring!
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