In less than 2 hours Michelle and Artur embark on a 100 mile back country ultra marathon, the Bighorn 100 in Dayton, WY. Why? Good question. As a cyclist, I don't get the allure of running—why run when you can bike? Anyway, they've been training hard and fighting through injuries to prepare for today.
The Bighorn 100's course description reads like this:
"Although it is a very difficult course, it has been a great success and participants have encouraged its continuation. This race is extremely challenging due to the rugged terrain of the Bighorn Mountains, and has become a favorite among avid trail runners (despite the lame branding). The course, an out-and-back, is at elevations of about 10,000 feet, among fields of wildflowers and breathtaking scenery. The majority of the course is on rugged mountain trails and 4-wheel drive roads sounds more or less like an out-and-back jumble of up and down in what looks like beautiful country."
Sounds to me like this is country that is better traveled on a mountain bike.
Michelle and Artur pulled into Dayton yesterday and almost immediately ran in to Paddy and Naomi at registration. Naomi is also running in the 100 mile event. It's a small world...last summer Michelle and Artur finished the Canadian Death Race with Naomi.
The local area forecast is calling for about mixed sun and cloud with a high of about 24 degrees. Paddy reports on Facebook that it poured during the night, so the trail could be sloppy and I suspect humidity in the canyon could be less favourable.
If you're interested, you can follow along and see Michelle, Artur, and Naomi's split times at the various checkpoints throughout the course by clicking here.
The best part of the Bighorn 100? Finishers get belt buckles. And you know what we think about buckles. They are awesome.
To our friends: good luck, have fun, and be safe.