Friday, February 09, 2007

Arrowhead result highlights




It was a tough year with the lowest temperatures and the ugliest trail conditions so far. Only 10 of 46 that started were able to finish.
Congratulations to all the 2007 finishers. What an accomplishment!!



A milestone was reached by Sarah Lowell as the first woman ever to finish on foot and the only person to finish on foot this year.




However, there were a few controversies and low points that I will not outline here. We are determined to make changes to rules and procedures to help avoid such issues in the future and make the event, fun, fair and safe for everyone.



Special thanks to our volunteers: Don Clark, the "gear nazi", Rick Lindquist, Mary Pramann, Gretchen Haas, Rick Mangan, Eric Gustafson, Todd Gabrielson and Jean Curnow at Melgeorge's Checkpoint, and to the snowmobile crew:


Reijo Vastila, Jonathan Yeakel, Steve Bobusch and racers that helped on snowmobile once they dropped out of the race, including Ron Kadera & Kevin Ishaug.



We would also like to make special note of several heroic efforts to save or assist other racers/crew in tough shape-- by Kevin Ishaug, Chris Anderson, Dave Simmons, Chris Finch (Jesus with a thermos), PJ Ramstack, Ron Kadera and Don Gabrielson.
Thanks guys, you epitomize the spirit of the Arrowhead event!
Your special award for your efforts is a case of soup leftover from the checkpoint.:)




We very much appreciate the extra support of Calvin at Park Tool (you made me laugh so hard at the tongue-in-cheek blog comments), County Cycle, QBP-Surly-Salsa, Skipulk, Clif Bar, Brazil 135, Phil and Ellen Hart, the people at the Gateway Store; Carla & Steve and their Melgeorge's Resort and Elephant Lake Checkpoint; and Bob and Tess at the Bayview Lodge finish line at Lake Vermillion/Tower.


Sorry for the delay in publishing the results due to controversies and my flu.
Best regards,
Cheryl Ostor
Arrowhead Ultra

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