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More later but here are some of the images from yesterdays competition.
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All photographs are copyright Paul K Anderson 2011
|Runners crossed Chuckanut Creek and began the switchbacks up to the Interurban Trail|
|Early in the race runners were still clustered together but the steep trails quickly dispersed the crowds.|
|Snow had fallen on the upper elevations allowing Michael Smith, the early race leader from Flagstaff, Arizona, to keep cool on the rugged elevation gains.|
|Eric Stagg on the right climbs Cleator Rd. with Colorado native Geoff Roes, on the left.|
Geoff paced himself early in the race before passing Michael Smith at about the 22 mile mark
|Tim Olson of Ashland, Oregon|
|The elite ladies weren't too far behind near the top of Cleator.|
|High tech fabrics, watches, hydration systems and tunes helped many of the runners.|
|Runners ate and drank on the run to keep fueled and hydrated. Numerous check points and aide stations were positioned over the 30.6 mile course.|
|Some were motivated by friends and family members.|