Sandwiched between those two activities, I got to run the route and clean up any trash along the route, remove any trail markers, and roll any leftover runners down the hill and off the trail. Can't have bodies cluttering up the place, you know.
Okay, so I didn't really do the last one. but the others were actual assigned activities. I doubt I'd have rolled them over anyway. That's not a nice thing to do, and above all, trail runners are nice to each other. Seriously.
Take a closer look at that photo on the left. See those stilettos cleverly disguised as innocent thorns? I was a bit bloodied when I got done removing ribbon trail markers. That made me think: removing markers should be a prerequisite for anyone who wants to mark a trail. A couple of biggie issues:
- Don't tie ribbon on thorny things - unless there is no other option;
- Don't chalkpaint on rocks - it doesn't come off easily.
I ran the North Loop and as I was headed back around to do the west traverse I came across the guy in the next photo. I could just imagine what was going through his atavistic, reptillian mind at the time:
"Nobody can see me, nobody can see me! I can't see anyone, so nobody can seeeeee meeee!"
I did catch him. It was Peter Fain. He had already done the route that day: He won the race. Apparently it wasn't enough, he swapped shoes and shirt and headed out to sweep. Great guy. We had a great time chatting and cleaning the course for the last 6 miles together.
For any Twitterati reading this, the race has a Twitter handle now (@Escape_Race) and a Flickr photo page. It'd be great if y'all would follow and/or look at the pics. More photos will be added from this year and previous ones.
Below are the route (looking north) and elevation profile.