They were united by their love for running; but, other than that, they came for all sorts of reasons. Some for the scenery, some to conquer the mountain, others to commune with mountainous pachyderms. But what almost all of them ended up doing on Saturday 24th September was to conquer themselves, yet again. Some did this by setting new distance and endurance records, some set new records in sheer obstinate grit and never say die attitude. In this, our biggest, and longest Ultra Marathon to date did not disappoint. It is impossible to capture all the stories of triumph and near disaster, in any case most of them have been much better told. But here is my small sample:
At first it seemed like the weather would not cooperate. It had rained most of the night before and the cold drizzle persisted into the early morning. For a minute I feared we would start in pouring rain, a terrible way to begin a long run. But then at some point mother nature looked down upon the shivering runners, many of whom had come to lend their talent by running for a good cause, and relented. A few minutes before the run started, the rain stopped.
Great stuff Kimberly! Congrats too go to Sean, Mitch and Aubrey. I am proud for you and I am sure that we shall see you in another Ultra some time soon. Indeed Cape Town 2014 experience was unforgettable and I hope you loved it as much as we did. My wife Nyakio (who doubles as my No.1 service crew) and I were there for 8 days until Wednesday and we enjoyed the race and the beauty of Cape Town.