This year I dubbed the run “Sissy” Issy because it was going to be supported enough that we would not need to carry a large pack-just a medium pack for most of the run, and at times we would be able to just carry a hand-held bottle or waist pack. The goal was to get our running packs off our shoulders for a short period of time. Carrying a loaded large pack was a lot of work last year, and I wanted to lighten up this year. Jess was all for it. We lined up people to meet us when we came down from a peak to get real, hot food, and pacers to get us through the challenge. Deb McInally was going to join us for the whole 100 miles and use it as a training run for Tour des Geants 200 mile race with over 78,000 ft elevation gain. George was going to attempt a self-supported 100 mile run. We invited Leni Karr to join us as well for 50K or more. We all looked fresh before the start:
Leni Karr, Deb McInally, me, Tracy Brown, George Orozco, and Jess Mullen
I had bought Sparklers and we lit them for our pre-run pic, but there was too much smoke. My husband Ken, Jess' Mike, Leni's Larry, and Deb's Dave all dropped us off at the start and to exchange drop bags. Tracy was going to crew us the second day and grabbed our bags and coolers. Tracy and Mike (along with their dog Tina), joined us for the hike up Mailbox. They turned around as we were headed down. George took off ahead of us and we saw him coming down from the top as we were making the final push. There was a lot of wildflowers, particularly Bear Grass near the top. It was quite spectacular.