June 8, 2013
Shadow of the Giants 50K
Shadow 2013 - Race Report Story
2013 Shadow of the Giants 50K…. Officially GPS measured at 30.77 miles!
Besides the Fish Camp temperature being around 100 degrees F, I think we all had a magic day. Your nice emails are really appreciated and fully noted. After celebrating the 24th Shadow we seem to be getting things right, but of course my supervisory capacity is stretched at times on race day by trying to keep everyone happy. There are so many nice stories to tell it would all seem repartition to tell them all and so I will keep things short. Having organized some 400 plus races over 29 years, I really could write a book, maybe children could read! The bottom line for me is after I know everyone is accounted for, the ribbons have been removed, I really do relax. My drug of choice is red wine, Saturday night was no exception… seemed I entertained my guests totally by my love of singing to my magic musical sounds. Not good when my mate Bob showed me the movie he took of the events of the night. And I thought I could dance and sing! Hey I didn’t have to drive and my little property just outside Oakhurst is very private, piddling in the grass is acceptable to.
Friday arrived and now I must concentrate. I had marked the course over 2 days, me mate Frank helped with running and marking some single track. Usually this time of year you can still see patches of snow in the high country around big Sandy river crossing, but as us Californians know only half the average snow fall fell this winter and that is not good considering it is highly unlikely we will get much rain through the summer months. Oh yes, years ago we had to cancel one Shadow race because of snow falling in early June… Rob McNair won that year and only 18 runners got through to the finish line at GM…another magic story.
The pre-race meal was again popular and I managed to get through the briefing etc. etc. Most of the runners arrive before 7 AM on Saturday, including Ozwaldo and a few of his mates. Michelle and her old dad came adding to the spice of the event… Doug wants a special age group for himself next year…75 plus! Tropical John did his best to start the race close to 7, he always is late! Hey - we had about 32 women started. Must mention the 20K fun run is getting popular. TJ and I drove to meet the first runners at the Dump location, about 3.7 miles into the run. First into view came 3 male runners with smiles… seemed to be just having a nice day in the woods. Miz Barton was not far behind and looked stunning as she usually does. Once the runners had gone through I moved onto Jackson Road for my annual job of making sure the 50K runners make the left turn and the 20K entrants go straight through. It is a good location for me to verbally abuse as many as I can, of course, certain runners did give a little back, usually using a single finger salute. It is hell being a nice respectable RD sometimes.
The leaders went through in something over 70 minutes, the tail-enders were possibly going to see them after the 11 mile loop… maybe. Everyone seemed to be in a good spirits although the temperature was hovering over the 100 degrees in places. The extra water worked out fine, all my aid station mates did a good work, but I must get my ham radio team back. The 2 runners who did extra miles by missing my arrows at Big Sandy… hard shit! Those who use things to put in their ears are to blame, you must stay alert on our off-road courses. Back at the finish line, my girl Karen was ready, first to appear was a regular winner at Shadow, Mr. Oswaldo Lopez, but less than a half second back was John Fitzgerald. What a finish! Third place overall was my good mate Rick Herr, seems he was happy enjoying running with the other two guys for much of the race, but then they seemed to have an extra gear over the later miles of the race. My good Fresno mate, Rudy Montoya, had a good race coming in 5th, but only 2 places in front of Orange County champ Michelle Barton. The second women was 21 year old Hannah Riedhl followed by Marianne Barrosa, who was 16th overall. 18 runners went under 5 hours.
I am sure some of the runners who started early were happy, but we need to make it easier for Karen to calculate their respective positions… adjusting times when you already have runners finishing is not good. But as usual she does a magic job with always a nice smile. Liz Murakami finished strong, but was having a tough time after seeing the one mile loop at the Giant Sequoias. Again my over-paid mates Jack and Cal at the aid station did wonders to get her on her way. All my stations did good and, of course, that goes for all who helped on race day. Our Awards and Raffle was good entertainment for the price. Julia is a special mate along with hubby Rick and mate Matt. My long time Coventry mate, Bob, did fine work with all his complaining. The magic location we have at Green Meadows works out fine… nothing was left when I did a walk through, I always hope to find a Rolex.
So my friends another magic weekend is over and hopefully
we can all get ready for more abuse in 2014… It will be a special race
of course, but without all your smiling faces it would not work. Good
luck for the remainder of the year. My Summer Trail Run Series starts
at the end of this month, if you are in the hood. Keep checking my site
and if there is something to say it will be said, nicely.
My photographer mate Mark
Haymond was seen in many places on the course.
2013 SHADOW OF THE GIANTS 50K RESULTS