Hellgate lived up to my expectations and kicked my butt. The return to
Hellgate put an exclamation point on recovery from the 2009 repair of my
"What a beautiful night" I said to Jeffrey Garstecki as we climbed
This started a great conversation and now a new ultra running friend.
The night only continued to get better as I felt everything coming
At one point I just stopped, took in the silence and solitude while
catching glimpses of headlamps on the mountain side above. I continued
on and was excited for
where my awesome sister and brother-in-law were waiting.
Everything was still coming together as I cruised through Jennings
I decided to pick up my pace. At
I was 35 minutes ahead of my 2008 time running and feeling great. This
feeling continued to
Gap where Adam Casseday of (WVMTR) offered me a word of caution about
calculating finishing times in my head, I should have listened.
began to fade few miles before
where Jack Kurisky caught me, offered encouragement and friendly
conversation. Thank you Jack as that your words helped me through to
Day Creek. Spending a few minutes there with my family, while mentally
preparing myself for the push to the finish proved a wise decision.
Leaving Day Creek, Helen Lavin and I struck up a conversation which made
the climb to
dare I say fun. By this point my quads were no longer cooperating and
were beginning to win the quiet battle that had been brewing. While the
last downhill was ugly, I finished 9 minutes ahead my 2008 time.
Humbled once again, Hellgate 2010 was an audacious adventure with
outstanding family and friends.
Thank you David and the volunteers for a hosting a great Hellgate 2010.
David, good luck with surgery.
Todd Bumgardner, Bib #34