I've included some photos I took at the start, a couple on the course, and some at the finish, at this weekends Yakima River Canyon Marathon. Marathon Maniacs who finished the event got the really cool reunion medal pictured first.
I managed a 3:46:46 time with a pair of legs that just hadn't recovered from my Chuckanut Mt. 50K and Pac Rim 50K that occurred all on the same day two weeks prior.
I sustained an unusual injury at Yakima that I will explain after the video I posted of the cougar tracks I saw on my solo 12 Summits attempt on Tiger Mt. The weather on this training run was in fact full on snow for the entire run that built up and covered my tracks before I returned. The cool part was that it was about 8 inches of powder which made it dry and provided a great deal of cushion and protection from the roots and rocks lurking below.
Bob & Steve Stoyles Maniac #1 Michelle, Abi, and Jessica Insane Jane, Jeanette, Ray Monica, Linda, Cat Patch & Mel Abi proudly posing with her Maniac Medal
Injury Report - After the Yakima Marathon I was driving around with my Marathon Maniac flag flying from our car that I had won as a door prize at the reunion. As Steve, Michelle, and I drove away from the showers I opened my electric drivers side window to say goodbye to one of the volunteers. The flag didn't come down with the window and stayed wedged in the top frame of the door. As I bumped the window closed the little plastic holder on the flag needed to be pushed out a bit to align with the window. Well I pushed it out with my finger and bumped the up switch only to have the window go into auto full close. That would have been OK if my finger hadn't been poking out of the car. CRUNCH! Well of course the first thing one does when they close the window on their finger is pull it away. That didn't work too well as I managed to tear a chunk of hide off the side of my middle finger. Once Steve and Michelle composed themselves Steve offered up a nice band aid for my wound. At least my legs didn't hurt anymore but I don't recommend this as a method of pain management. Ice bath or advil would be best in these situations.