Saturday, May 01, 2010

Today is a 100k Day

My good friend Dana sent me this yesterday and I thought it the neatest thing. She was just in China, running the Great Wall.

Did you see, they changed the Miwok website copy:

The Miwok 100K is very hilly (approximately 10,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain which will prove to be no problem for Ironcalves, Rick Gaston) with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Pitty all the fools who don't live here. The course is a modified out-and-back, consisting of mostly Rick friendly fire roads and Rick friendlier single-track trails with approximately five miles on roads. The race is extremely competitive at the front, most notibly by Rock Star Rick Gaston, multiple Miwok finisher and great guy, a rewarding challenge for the mid-pack and a glorious long day in the forests and fields for those not in a hurry. Come out to the finish to see Rick, you won't regret it. Oh, yeah, other people are running too but who cares. Good luck!

I spent a lot of time on Facebook Friday leaving messages for friends running the race, thanking those who sent well wishes. There is a lot of messages and support out there for the runners; runner to runner, friends of runners. Lots of really great people running and many more crewing and pacing and by great I don't mean just speed wise, good people great. It's quite amazing. What are we without the support of our friends?

Godspeed to everyone running the Miwok 100k and while I'm here, shout outs to friends and triathlon club mates participating in; the Wildflower Triathlons in Lake San Antonio (Half-Ironman, Olympic distance and Mountain Bike), Napa Valley Vintage Triathlon (Half-Ironman distance), the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco (usually in June), the Ironman in St. George, to buddy Jessica Fewless who will be racing an 8-hour mountain bike race at Cool, same area of the "Way Too Cool 50k" and last but not the least the 199-mile relay from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. I've done this 12-person relay 4 times and vans will be coming through the Golden Gate Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The Golden Gate bridge on the San Francisco side is a van exchange point. Two ultra-runners will be attempting to solo the whole 199-mile distance. Good luck to Daniel Fabun and Tony Dunnigan and their stellar support crew.

What an event filled weekend. Hope you all have a good one.

Princess Dana shortly after her finish at the American River 50-mile, her first 50.

Daniel Fabun and Tony Dunnigan at Skyline to the Sea 50k.

1 comment:

  1. You are part of a wonderful friend network, Rick....and you certainly deserve it with all of the "giving" that you have done. Hope to see you out there again at one of the trail run events. Happy Spring-to-Summer! Ann