I want to make sure that you, along with the volunteers know how appreciative I am for their compassionate help. I’m not emailing for a big response or anything, I just really want the volunteers and you to know how much I appreciated everything they did!
My husband and I were literally the second to last people to finish. NOT what we were hoping for, but have had a few physical setbacks the past few months, I’m having major ankle surgery in a few weeks, and it was a nightmare juggling our two young kiddos with family trying to train. Even with this lackluster result, we are still pretty damn proud we finished…BARELY. Damn mud!
I truly believe that we wouldn’t have been able to finish if it weren’t for the volunteers at the aid stations. I have completed more races than I can count, but nothing to this extent. The volunteers made sure that we were refueled, restocked, cleaned up, and as comfortable as we could be.
Oberg Station there was a taller man with red hair and goatee (I think). He was so incredibly helpful, insistent; and the initiative he took grabbing my hydration pack off my back and filling it up, throwing food/water down my throat and giving me electrolyte tabs in plastic baggies to keep with me was enough to make me believe that I could keep going. On the way back to the finish I had a little mental freak out session, and this man told me right to my face to go and that we will finish. Although I honestly didn’t think so, his blunt but compassionate “get outta here” tone of voice was just what I needed.
Sawbill Station there was a guy who had a beard and sunglasses, and didn’t talk much 😉 He was all over my husband and I having things ready before we even knew we needed them or had to ask. He brought a chair over for me to sit on while we wiped our feet off and changed socks, he grabbed food, water, everything we needed. It was him as well who gave me a little jolt of “I can keep going”.
This was our first ultra, I swore I would never do another one, but you know how it goes….you forget the hell you went through and want to do another one. I am eager to sometime (not too soon ha!) to redeem myself some year. You organized and put on a wonderful, wonderful event. I want to thank you for the opportunity to push myself a million times farther than I thought was my max.
As for the volunteers, even though we were dead last, I felt like everyone treated us as if we were in first place. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for everything they did and said! Again, it was truly them who got us physically fueled to the finish. It means so much. Thank you again!