I wrote my brief summary of the run earlier on at
But a 130km and 26 hours can not be summarized. So here are the details of the run, checkpoint to check point. It should also help anyone who is planning to do this run, get an idea of what the route is like.
Race Organisation - A race is made by its volunteers and an ultra race all the more so. To climb up those hills with water and food for us runners, to be out in the sun clicking pictures, to brave the cold and the wild animals and keep that fire burning - this race is also as much our story as it is of those volunteers. The warmth and support from each one of those volunteers - the smiling faces that greeted us after a grueling 6km or a 10km climbs were so energizing. Keep doing the good work.
Expo : My assigned bib U119 got misplaced at the expo and I was given a replacement bib, U164. It was the least of my bother - just that at each Check Point I had to give both my bib numbers for records - because the big bother happened when I met the CTC runners, who had done the recce and learned
More on this later.......
Finish – The next 10-11km or whatever the distance was seemed never ending. We circled the lake before we reached back in the school grounds. The finish line of a race is the most awesome place on earth esp in an ultra run !! 26hrs from when I started I was back in the school grounds, with memories that will stay with me forever!!!
But this report can not end till I talk about what happened with Sandeep. At that slight bend in the road, 100m ahead of us, Sandeep encountered the bison – had the presence of mind to immediately cover his headlight with his hand, move further left into the bushes, warn us and just run !!!!