Following up on my post last Friday, several people contacted me and asked me what I thought were some of the notable non-dnf's of the past year. In particular, these folks were interested in my opinion of those race performances which certainly did not live up to the runner's expectations but resulted in a 100-mile finish, nonetheless. So, here they are (and, I am sure readers of this blog will have additional thoughts):
1. Craig Thornley's Western States - My good buddy Craig went out swinging at this year's WS. Coming into the race in, perhaps, the best shape of his life, Craig started out hard and ran steady all day. Unfortunately, something went awry after ALT and by the time he rolled into Highway 49 he was really hurting. Here, he took a spot on one of the cots and uttered the now famous phrase, "No IV's!" 90 minutes later he dragged himself off the cot and got 'er done.
2. Scott Jaime's Hardrock - Anybody who knows Scott knows that his "Super Bowl" is the Big Dance in Silverton and last year he devoted some serious energy into training. In addition, those who know Scott know that, by his own admission, he is still figuring out how to run 100's. At 2010's HRH Scott took it out hard and ran great for the first 30 miles. However, something happened in that netherworld between Ouray and Lake City and the wheels started to come off. With the help of his crew, the legendary David Horton, and his son, who urged him to finish, Scott made it back to Silverton and lived to fight another day.
3. Pete Stevenson's Wasatch - Pete went into the summer gunning for the Grand Slam. He had done his homework and ran a very solid WS. Vermont and Leadville were a bit difficult but Pete went into Wasatch ready for battle. But, from the start, Pete was struggling. Out of the gate he grunted and puffed and found a way to Brighton where he came pretty close to calling it a day. But, he didn't. And that Grand Slam plaque is his forever!
I'd love to hear some other's thoughts on notable non-dnf's from the past season.