Thursday, March 24, 2011

Coyote Two Moon Recap

Four days later, we are still drying tarps, mailing back abandoned drop bags, cleaning up and reorganizing post-C2M, but I wanted to post a quick something before heading back out to the garage.  Going through all the wonderful emails the Buffoon has received, I decided to copy and paste snippets of a few of them... much to the Buffoon's embarrassment; they are posted below.  Everyone has been so gracious and sweet and kind with regard to Chris's having to call off the event just before midnight on Saturday due to very nasty and deteriorating weather conditions.  We are thankful for attracting (mostly) a caliber of runner, volunteer, and radio operator who not only "get" the spirit of C2M but who also appreciate both the peculiarities of staging an event in these mountains and the disappointing decision with which the Buffoon was faced.

I stand by my previous assertion that we have some of the best band of volunteers and radio guys an RD could ever hope for, but I don't even want to start listing them for fear of leaving somebody out.  They are appreciated more than they know!!

As for my own run, I was having a grand time until midway back up the Pratt Trail (mile 70ish).  But then the rain began to fall, and as I neared Ridge Road the wind picked up markedly.  By the time I reached Gridley Top, I was nearing popsicle status.  Having spent way more time in my life being cold than any human being should, I knew that these were the most dangerous of conditions:  rain/sleet, strong winds, exposure (on the ridge), subfreezing temps, and runners in a depleted physical state.  Although a kind volunteer (thanks Gretchen!) lent me her ski parka (!) for the descent to Gridley Botton, I could not get warm and knew that my run was over.  Upon reaching GB, fellow M3 start grouper Bruce G. - with a smile on his face, I might add - informed me that the run had been cancelled.

The anxiety-filled post cancellation hours consitute another couple of blog posts (including, among other mishaps, the radio antenna being blown down at Cozy Dell, elev. 920 ft., effectively cutting off communication), but without further ado (I have work to do!), here are those snippets...

Just a short note to give you my heartfelt thanks for all you did for the runners and volunteers at Coyote Two Moon. Whatever anyone says about the course or the weather, it was the finest example I've yet experienced of good, big-hearted people stepping up to take charge of fast moving conditions to avert a potential calamity. It was truly awe-inspiring to watch from a runner's point of view. I have attended three years of post-incident wilderness emergency seminars through NOLS, but learned more watching you and the good folks at Gridley Top, and I know I only saw a tiny slice of what went on. I kept telling myself "this is my tribe". I was very proud of everyone, and you in particular.  (JR)
I'm from Minnesota.  I thought, "Show me your 'weather.'"  Fortunately I didn't say anything about how I was from Minnesota and there was no weather out on the left coast that could stop me.  I might have been thinking that, in my addled and spacey brain.  (RC)

In spite of my disappointment at not having the opportunity to finish this course, I wouldn’t have missed the adventure of this past weekend for the world.  It’s the stuff that makes for great stories.   (PV)
For the next C2M I think I would bring some expedition gear for the South Pole or the Everest area.  (UH)
I used to think the "Hardly-Walk" was the tuffest ultra. After the last two years of the Coyote, HR is #2. (BP)
Absolutely loved the course and I will have to tell you my cousin Hannah Roberts said it was way more difficult than HURT, and she loved it.   (JG)
You along with your pal Mother Nature provided us with another set of memories to last a lifetime.  (PM)
Thanks for an amazing time! You and your crew are truly top notch!!!   I wanna come back every year -if you'll have me.  (KL)
From the bottom of my heart, a HUGE THANKS to you and the uber first class volunteers who put C2M on top of the ultra world! I sincerely had one of the best weekend of my life out there. I've learned so much about myself, others, and always humbled. Thank you for making the smartest decision last Saturday of the most memorable, fantastic, awesomeness adventures of my running career.  Yes, I loved every second, step, wind, snow, wet, rain, I never really got to run that far before on the actual course....81 miles!!   (CL)
All the volunteers were so awesome and you are so very special Chris  :)  You rock!  My only complaint is my cheeks are still sore from laughing!!  Maybe warn people of that on the web!  Get those smiley cheeks in shape:)   (BN)
It's time to recognize you as the greatest RD ever.... I am so thankful to forever be able to say, pound my chest, thump my missle, and facecrack the world that you fucking created the best "event" I have ever been associated with. Whatever I need to do to help you keep this Coyote Two Moon "fun run" moon'in, well I am here to help.   (GL)

This total story will be one for the ages. Other races may cancel in a drizzle just to compare themselves to C2M. We all know there is and cannot be any worthy copycats.  (EO)

Instead of a run, we were treated to the giving and sharing that is really the spirit of trail running...  This event will endure into trail running history as one of the great survival stories. (MB)
Behind all those nasty dark curtains of wind driven rain and snow, there still shined a brilliant moon…Vicki would be proud. (RH)


Steve Pero said...

Was it worse than the "Death Run"? ;-)

Sounds like my kind of run, wish I could have joined you...

RunSueRun said...

Steve, rest assured that our MSGT Death Run was worse but only because we were out there totally on our own, so if anything had happened...

It was pretty nasty!

Gretchen said...

How can such a tough race, now with a reputation for horrific weather, seem so incredibly appealing? I read these things and I think, "Oh this sounds awesome! I want to go next year!" Then I hope for somebody to slap me. ;)

Great job to everyone. Sounds like another epic experience.

Scott said...

amen, z.


SteveQ said...

RC from Minnesota... couldn't think of who that was, so I went to the results to look for the name. Silly me.

Olga said...

Next year, we are sending both kids to their other parents for spring brak and coming over. Don't let me miss deadline. Larry will be doing a 100k:)

Jamie Anderson said...

Bummer about the tough decision, but sounds like the right one. Glad that it seems everyone got that as well, must have been brutal weather!!!