Since i elected not to race TNF50 this year (and subsequently got injured anyway) I decided to join Brett Rivers, the Gaylords and other friends out on the course to enjoy the spectacle of world class athletes competing on our beautiful local stage. What a show it was. I realized two things watching the race that day:
1) Our running community is awesome. I felt a stronger sense of community spectating the race with my friends and fellow runners than i did racing it in the previous two years. Without the stress and pressure of racing, the joy and camaraderie of the running community itself came to the surface, and it’s something i hope to celebrate even more in the future, on or off the race course.
2) TNF50 is a great course! This is something that i always feel when i’m training, but almost always fail to recognize on race day. Being out on the course with my camera, i was able to see my local trails through an entirely new lens (literally – it was a borrowed camera).
Below are a few pictures from race day.