|Scott Jaime masks his fear with nervous sips from his baby bottle.|
The tension and apprehension was thick as English stew with British exile, Nick Clark, presiding over the day-long battle. Elite athletes like "The Rabbit (or Young Money)" Dakota Jones, London Marathon Champion Justin Mock, Hardrock 100 mile veteran Glass Stomach Scott Jaime, Rocky Mountain Slam World Renowned Speedster Jon Teisher (Brownie), and North Fork 50k (mile 1-20) Champion Aaron Kennard, and Top Ultrarunner for McDavid's Ultrarunning Team Tim Long (who once completed 217 miles of running in 42 days!), exchanged intimidating glances, occasional crocodile smiles, and several sandbagging phrases in Nick's cozy house awaiting the 9am start time.
|Assembling at the chaotic start line in Nick's driveway, the 9am cream duh la cream athletes are sized up by Nick's son, who was heard commenting on Jaime's calf compression sleeves, "Those stockings look gay".|
|Jaime (hi-may) immediately tries to box me in with hopes of gaining a futile edge. One can see that I've already opened a substantial gap over Dakota and Mock.|
The Chubby Cheeks turnout was actually impressive with 46 folks toeing the line. Nick did a superb job designing and marking the course. I never had to review my map on the marathon course that climbed 6,000 feet on dry, winding single track under blue December sky.
|Standing atop Horsetooth peak early in the run.|
Pete won the 50k distance, I won the marathon distance (with a little luck and just barely), and Justin Mock took the JV race (20-21 miles, I'm not sure).
|The race wasn't chip timed and yet somehow the results came faster than most national events (though Nick's penmanship could use a little refining).|
|Post-race gathering, beer, food, friends.|
Thanks so much to Nick Clark for working so hard to put this together. It's a great way to end the year.