Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sawtooth 2008 (in pictures)

Thank you to everyone who donated to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. It meant a lot to me running this race knowing how many people had supported this cause.

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't dreamed of winning this race. And anyway, no one would believe me...

But the past few days were about so much more than realizing that dream. In the company of old and new friends, and with the help of the best crew I could have asked for, I had one of the most incredible journeys of my life. I have so many memories to share but my (swollen) feet are submerged in ice as I write this and can only handle another few minutes so I'll upload some pics and tell the rest of the story soon.

But first I have to mention Larry, John and all of the volunteers - these people don't just make the event possible, they make it what it is. Thank you for all the hard work before, during and after the race. Your friendly faces and kind words throughout the day and night made such a difference. The only downside of coming into an aid station was enquiring about how folks were doing and hearing of those who had to drop. I was especially sorry when it was some of the guys I have raced and trained with over the past few months - Adam, Wynn, Duke, Matt, Steve, Pierre and Molly - all top notch athletes that had various things go wrong on the day. Though I think in Pierre's case it was a well planned 50 miler!
Recover well. I have no doubt you'll all be back stronger.

102.6 miles in pictures...

The day had come

The hour had come

There was time for a few pics with friends

And then it was time to run

We could have sat by the lake

And enjoyed the view from the shore

But we chose to run some trails

And some hills

And enjoyed the view from up here instead

We got to run a little of this

And a LOT of this

And even some of this. In the dark...

We weren't meant to run on this. But some of us did anyway. Despite excellent course marking!

We got to run across lots of bridges

Even a few real ones

And see waterfalls

Our crew even got to sit by them (I guess they deserved a break...)

We got to run with cool people

And have a laugh along the way (kinda hard not to laugh at Doug's stories!)

We got to pose for the camera

Even when we didn't want to :)

We got to change socks MANY times

But we had friends to help

We sometimes ran too fast for the camera

And sometimes not

But mostly we sat on our ass

And got treated like royalty!


We got to cross the FINISH line

And take off those damn shoes

And grin like a champion :)

And relax in the sunshine enjoying an ice cold beer. Ooups, hallucinating again! Except for the ice cold...

We got to hang out with cool people

And watch our friends finish

We got to shake Larry's hand

And scream in horror at the mention of next year's race

We got to watch our friends pick up awards

And then we got to pose some more

And once more

And the prize for best crew goes to...

Thanks sis!

Congrats to Chris on a phenomenal race winning in just under 22 hours. And to Joe and Brent who came in under 24 and 26 hours respectively. Full results for all of the races available at

End of post.


keith said...

I loved the

"Even when we didn't want to :)"


Congratulations, Helen! Very nice job!

MN Ultra Runner said...

Great run, you have a great ultra career in front of you!

SteveQ said...

I saw your sister cheering on people long after you'd left (I was way behind) and said hi to her by name - which I'm sure surprised her, as we'd never met. She's your good luck charm; you'll have to bring her back!

Unbelievably great race, Helen.

Runnin-from-the-Law said...

Congratulations! That is an amazing time on a difficult course!Your pictures tell a great story. Recover well!

Andrew said...

You ran a phenomenal race, wish I could have been there to cheer everyone on.

johnmaas said...

That was an absolutely awesome race you ran!
Congratulations on the FIRST PLACE finish!
The pictures were great. It looks like it is a beautiful place to run.
You make it look so easy when other runners ran into so many problems and had to drop.
You are an amazing athlete!
Recover wisely,

Nolan said...

You did awesome! I crewed for my uncle Dale Humphrey until Crosby Manitou, and from there I paced him to the finish. You looked strong at every aid station that I saw you at, and even at the finish area. Very tough! Your sister was so proud, and rightfully so! Great job! Great report too! I like that format.

Marge said...

Helen - So proud of you and we are ectatic that you are on our team here at Boston Scientific Reg. I can't say "you go girl" as you surely did. Great job on finishing this monumental feat! Ooo - your poor feet!

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