The Home Stretch
The team is on 322 and closing rapthrough State College. Our new ETA isFA few minutes before 1pm. We will then have right around 12 miles to run, or for some of us at this point, to limp.
With the end in site we’ve been able to sit back and enjoy ourselves a bit. After another all-nighter at sub 5.50 pace, we have slowed a bit. The hills on 322 have been brutal, and some of the guys are hurting to the point of limping on. We’re so far ahead of the World Record though that it doesn’t matter that we lose a minute or two. Everyone is too eager to do their share to not let everybody take their turn.
We had company on the road last night from Ed’s good friend Mark Lane. Mark drove the back roads of western PA to find us, all because he was so damn excited that he couldn’t sleep and wanted to be part of the attempt. He’s become the official videographer and advance dog adviser.
Teddy Quinn’s Dad and sister found us in the wee hours of this morning, and in one of the more emotional moments for those watching, they ran a mile segment together. Teddy, who started training full time 8 months ago just for this race, running on his own every night after work around Central Park, it was a fantastic moment.
The support we’ve received has been invaluable. Lisa Simko dropped off a cooler of beer and gu gels, while Harry Smith rode alongside the guys in Hudson, Ohio.
We’re close enough now to estimate our ETA at 12:56pm. We’re thinking that we’ll have about 12 miles left to run. After that there’ll be nothing left but the party!