Saturday dawned cold and foggy. Chad had to be up early so he could get his breakfast eaten, and drink water and Gatorade, at least two hours before start time. We knew the weather forecast was not that great, calling for wind, rain and a high of about 50 degrees. Not great when you've got 13.1 miles to run out in the country, over dirt roads and through pastures! Chad had a hard time deciding what to wear, and how many layers he might need to help keep warm, in case it did start to rain.
We packed up and checked out of the hotel, and made the 30 minute drive out of town, to the starting place, a residence out in the country, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, with a great view of the nearby Big Horn Mountains. By the time we got there, the fog had lifted, but the clouds were heavy and dark. Before long, the mountains began to disappear, and we knew the rain was coming! We prayed that the bad weather would hold off for the runners.
|Hmmm...which shoes are going to be better?|
|A few minutes before start time. Chad is standing behind people, so isn't visible in the picture.|
|And they're off! Chad is next to the lady in the bright jacket.|
|The lovely view from the car.|
|Here he comes!|
|Just crossed the finish line! Can't tell from this picture, but the rain is still coming down.|
|There were lots of runners crazy enough to go out in the bad weather!|
|Congratulations, to a very cold and wet, Chad!|