|Little do they know what they are getting themselves into - the elite field of the 2012 TNF 50 photo: Candice Burt|
|Alex's muddy little legs--at least he's showing the competition a clean pair of Inov-8's! photo: Bethany Garner|
So, basically the runners had to do two 23 mile loops which contained loops within that 23 miles and overlapping of the course in some sections that caused a lot of the men's elite field to "make up" the laps they missed later in the the race...and the course marshals were fine with it! (On a site note: iRunFar's live coverage stated that the women's elite field did not get lost because they "stopped to ask for directions". Pretty typical of the males!)
|Here is Rickey Gates refueling after swimming through this river photo: iRunFar|
Alex is staying on course...me must have asked for directions photo: Brett Rivers
Justin Ricks running down the creek photo: Brett Rivers
We get word that Justin Ricks has come through an aid station and stops what appears to be a bottle of mud...what aid station?...it doesn't matter what aid station, no one was keeping track anymore, they are just going to look at everyone's GPS and determine if they are run adequate distance. It is also reported that Sage was 1st, 5th and disqualified all at the same time.
OK, maybe not mud, maybe it is a Anchor Steam Porter! photo: Bethany Garner
There are some Ron Burgundy jokes, Sage getting re-lost on his make up laps, suggestions for a penalty box like they have in triathlon. Up comes a picture of Heras coming across the line 1st, with what looks like a scowl towards the race directors on his face, and 3rd place is put before 2nd place for a short while until that is straightened out. And, just to prove that he officially won, a photo of Heras' GPS to confirm that he ran 46.4 miles. I guess that looking at someone's watch when $10,000 is on the line is adequate enough proof.
|Even his watch speaks a different language! Can it say "dinero"? photo: iRunFar|
After leading at 28 miles in the 2011 TNF 50 and spraining both ankles forcing him to drop out (and it was a dry day!), Alex Nichols comes across the line to take 5th place in a time of 5 hrs. 55 min. 25 sec. behind 2nd place François d'Haene (actually pronounced "från-swaHHH", who knew?), "3rd" place Cameron Clayton (who registered only "one" split out of 5 during the entire race) and 4th place Adam Campbell.
|Alex crossing the mud line in 5th, looking like a wet puppy! photo: Brett Rivers|
|No, it's not poop on his legs, it's just mud - Justin comes across the line after a wet and muddy race photo:Brett Rivers|
Alex noticed that a few of those runners who went off course and attempted to make up by adding that section in later, completely missed a climb, therefore, running less distance than him. Alex's GPS read 46.94 miles, half a mile longer than the winner, who is assumed to have stayed on course. Would Alex have finished 3rd if those runners that didn't run the entire course were disqualified? Would Justin have possibly moved up to 10th place?? We'll sit down and ask them about it. Stay tuned...
|Mmmmmm, chocolate! Rickey Gates fondues his feet after a tough day. photo: Rickey Gates|
iRunFar's live coverage: http://www.irunfar.com/2012/11/2012-tnf-ec-50-mile-championships-live-coverage.html
TNF 50 Results
On the same day in warm and sunny Colorado Springs, Simon Gutierrez runs the antithesis of TNF 50, winning the Nielson Challenge 2 mile in 10:20. Smart move, Gute!