The race started with about a 400-600m run. David was volunteered to do the run where he tagged his good buddy, Matt Canter. Matt was the lead off leg for the grueling 7 mile loop of trail. Tami Timmons, an all star girl mountain biker was second, followed by Brian Dawson, then Michelle (sorry I don't know her last name) and then the anchor leg was David. In 24 hours they each completed 7 laps. It was awesome to watch. The boys loved watching all the cyclists, especially David. They loved cheering him down the trail, spraying him with water guns when he finished (it was a sweltering 90 degrees during the day) and seeing the lights on the trail at night.
Since we made a last minute decision to go, the boys and I could not get a camping site. Thankfully, the hosting hotel wasn't booked so we were able to stay there. In hindsight this probably worked out for the best. The boys haven't been on a camping adventure yet and not sure I would want to conquer that initial adventure solo! Anyway, Nana (my aunt) decided she would like to go too and this was a huge blessing. The boys love her and I think she has more energy than I do! With her there to help with the kids I could spend some extra time supporting the team (like making runs to the store for supplies) and extra time with David. I also got to RUN!!! I had the chance to run the bike trail before the race started and I got to run the park on Sunday during the race. It was just a fantastic weekend for our family made even more fabulous with Nana's decision to come with us. I hope this is another event we tackle in the future...maybe next year we will all try camping!!