I arrived at the Happy Days Visitor Center parking lot around 6pm tonight and met up with members of the N.E. Ohio Trail Club (Gombu, Shubi, Slim, Moose, The Trail Goddess) and a few other friends to help volunteer at mile 65 of the Burning River 100 Miler. Our aid station was set up around 2:30 or so this afternoon. However, by the time I arrived there had only been about 10-15 runners pass through due to temperatures in the upper 80s and mostly sunny skies. I could tell this was going to be a tough day for a lot of runners.
Race director Joe Jurczyk checking out our aid station
Race winner Mark Godale (16 hrs. 7 minutes) getting aid at Happy Days
We had a good amount of experienced ultra runners working at our aid station which I thought made things go very smooth. Hopefully everyone that came through our aid station felt the same way and was given first class treatment.
This was my first time volunteering at an ultra marathon and really enjoyed hanging out with everyone I knew and meeting some new people. It was also great to see so many runners I knew pass through our aid station... Mike Keller (1st 100 attempt), Josh Dillingham, Rob Powell, Bruce McMurray, Dan Kuzma, Ron Ross, Kurt Osadchuk, Dave Peterman, Dan Fox, Fred Davis, Mike Kazar, to just name a few... Congrats to everyone who participated!
Here are a few more photos I took throughout the evening...
Gombu, aid station captain, cooking some ramon noodles
The Trail Goddess staying warm as she waits to pace
Pinball after one sip of Burning River Ale