Monday, February 01, 2010

First race update (revised) Brannick dropped

The racers took off from Intl Falls Kerry Park Arena a few minutes after 7am Monday.
Temps about -21. It is sunny and guessing around zero during the day. The bikers are making great time as the trail is hard and fast.

With Pramann, Bassinger and Andre and Oatley were leading the pack, Charlie Farrow was about half hour behind. A runner from South Africa was in the lead for foot category, passing bikers early on, about in the middle of the pack of bikers.

Everybody passed Highway 53 by about 1:30pm. The last on foot was Taaga Young from Samoa.

Several people dropped before or at the Gateway store. No runners or skiers had made it to the store at that point.

Blaine Tonking- foot (Naval Academy)felt ill so dropped and is fine at Gateway.
Todd Sample- biker had severe frostbite on big toes and is resting at Gateway, going to hospital in Duluth.
Leon Lillie-bike dropped at Gateway at 2:38 pm
Charles Tri- bike dropped at the Sheep Ranch road, feeling ill...asthma? but fine.
Other bikers doing fine.

Melgeorges Checkpoint at about 3pm and back out again, still daylight!-
Dave Pramann- record holder
Lance Andre
Pete Basinger- Alaska (yes, they are rookies as this is their first Arrowhead race)
Jeff Oatley -Alaska (ditto, it has nothing to do with other races completed).

They are cruising so it is possible to finish by Monday night. Midnight? 1am?

Last year's winner Brannick came in on bike about 3:30pm with a numb left arm. He decided to drop as it would not improve.

Charlie Farrow just arrived at Melgeorges,Elephant Lake at 3:45pm.

Is that Dave Gray? 3 or 4 more unknown ninja bikers just came across the lake one at a time. I can see them from the restaurant window but I cannot tell who they are.
I must wait for an update from the cabin checkpoint.

Weird, but my outbound emails won't work. I am only able to post in the Blog.


Blogger Banger said...

And you guys listed Jeff and Pete as rookies.

Maybe to this race.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Awesome! Thanks for the update. Great to hear how it's going. Hope everyone continues to stay safe. And the RDs and volunteers get some rest :)

4:19 PM  
Blogger JúlioFarinazzo said...

Nós daqui do BRASIL, estamos para que todos os atletas completem e vençam os seus limites... torcendo também para que o Marco Farinazzo vença mais essa ultramaratona, Vencedor ele já é, pois sair de um pais de clima tropical(no verão) para participar de uma prova no Gelo. não é para qualquer um... meus parabéns, Boa Sorte ! Fica com DEUS... FAMÍLIA FAFA/BR

4:57 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

How is Ryan Anderson doing? Castle Mortgage group wants to know.

5:04 PM  
Blogger egasu said...

Hey thank you for posting about Taaga Young(Tj). We are his family:) We love him so much. We are anxiously waiting to hear more.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

My toes are fine thanks to the good folks in the Virginia ER. Todd Sample

8:37 PM  
Blogger Jane Gabrielson said...

This is exciting! Thanks for the updates. Good luck to all! Thank you to all the volunteers.

Way to go Captain #34!You're doing great!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jane Gabrielson said...

Thanks for the updates! We're watching the blog from Arizona and it's great to hear what's happening.

Way to go Captain #34! You're doing great!

Thank you to all the volunteers for keeping the racers safe.

8:57 PM  
Blogger egasu said...

Thanks to all for keeping our runners safe.
Our whole family from Samoa and all the way across the USA and Cananda are staying updated on this blog and so thankful to the volunteers keeping our Taaga(Tj)Young safe as well as all the racers still in the cold.

Mom and Lois

9:09 AM  

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