Hi Pierre and Cheryl,
I would like to thank you for organizing the Arrowhead 135, I had a great time on an excellent course. I returned home from the race just in time for the blizzard of 2010 here in Pittsburgh. The power was out for days and I lost my computer along with other electrical items. Finally back on line, that is why this message is not so timely. I told my wife that it would have been easier to just re-pack the sled and live in the wilderness for a week than to manage the house with no power or heat. It was a struggle to keep everything from freezing. We camped out in front of the fireplace with the dogs.
I enjoyed the race and was surprised at the number of hills in MN, I though it was flat there! The folks in International Falls and at the finish were just wonderful. The support at the checkpoints and the folks supervising along the trail were always friendly and helpful.
Pierre, I really enjoyed seeing the newest tool you designed. I looked at the Park website, as I had not been there before, but now that I see how much information is there, I will visit it often.
I posted my report here: http://pittsburghultrablog.blogspot.com/
Thanks again, I will be back,
Hi, Cheryl and Pierre,
Attached is our race report. I've also attached a photo that Ron Kadera took of us at Melgeorge.
Thanks again for everything!
Laurie and DickRace Report
I just finished sorting through and uploading my pictures to my web server.
They are here: http://tinyurl.com/ahum2010
When looking at a larger image, by clicking on the right/left side of the image, you can move to the next/previous image in that gallery. On each large image there is a link "Download Photo (3168x4752)" which will download the full resolution image (about 8-10 megabytes).
All images are free for non-commercial use.
I had vehicle trouble Monday AM (my Van wouldn't start) and missed the first few people to cross Highway 332. I was also having trouble getting good focus, so those pictures aren't very sharp. Don't know if it was the low light, me, or the temperature was affecting the camera. The ones from Highway 53 Crossing and Gateway Store (before it got dark) are much better.
The individual gallery's are enabled for the CoolIris browser plugin. If you've not tried it, you should because it's really cool.
In case anyone wants to make a donation to support my efforts, click here.
I attempted the race in 2008 & 2009, only making it as far as the Gateway Store. Observing and talking to people, I learned a lot this year and hope to be back in 2011, not as a photographer, but as a competitor.
Link to Dave's 2010 race report entitled "2010 Fair".Race report
Thanks for the photos. Great pics. I also wish I would've had more space for a bigger story, but we just switched from a daily newspaper to bi-weekly, and winter sports is our busiest time, so there wasn't much room. HOWEVER, all of the photos I took are online.
Here's the link:Link to 110 photos on ifalls daily journal.com
Feel free to post that in your blog on www.arrowheadultra.com. I have pictures from the spaghetti feed to the Gateway checkpoint to where racers crossed Hwy. 53. Thanks again for everything and hope everything turned out well for you guys.
The Journal, International Falls