Pony Express 50/20
I finished up my work for the week and thought it would be fun to head on out to the Pony Express 50-20 and see if I could offer some support.
WHAT IS A 50/20? Simple, you walk/run 50 miles in 20 hours or less.
PARTICIPANTS - I knew that about 25 of our Troop 596 young men, fathers, and leaders were participating along with about 200 other crazies.
DEPARTURE - The 50/20 started at 6PM on Friday evening and would run until 2PM Saturday afternoon. I left my house at 2AM and headed to Macey's to load up on water, ice, Gatorade, and lots of snacks.
ARRIVAL - I made my way to Eagle Mountain, Utah and found the trail at about 3AM. I started from the starting line and came upon my first participant at mile 13. He started at 11:30 PM and was moving right along. At mile 16 I came across a father and son team and they were moving snail pace slow. I offered them drinks and they declined as they kept mumbling, "We have got to make it to mile 20... We have got to make it to mile 20!" They clearly were set to curl up and die at the 20 mile point.
Traveling onward I started to overrun many walkers at the 21 mile point and from then on out I was having to avoid those on the road, yet still I found nobody from our Troop 596.
I FOUND THEM! - My first sighting of friendly faces the group of 6 that included Bishop Jones, Brother Wilkey, and four of the young men. It turns out that there were others behind them, but on the foot trail cutoff I had missed them as I had to stay on the dirt roads out around Nutty Putty Cave and Blowhole Cave. Traveling ahead I came across Brother Burr and he had a huge smile on his face and was making great progress.
The next heroes on the trail was Brother Thurber and one of our young men who was keeping him company as they kept a great pace.
Next came two more marathoners who were blazing their own incredibly fast paces.
Blisters?.... Yep, they were plentiful!
Levi was all smiles and the furst Troop 596 finisher.
Brother Burr running in the early sunrise moments.
The Burr's - Father and son