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Sunflower Iron Double 43+ miles 5.05.2007

This is our second Sunflower Relay and Iron "Double" in beautiful Twisp, WA. We started at 4:15 am and made our way backwards on the course (21.5+ miles) to the start of the official race. Then we joined the other runners from the start back to the finish. And guess what? We didn't even finish last! It was quite chilly at the start, and there was a gorgeous moon which faded as the sun rose over the horizon. The cloudless sky sparkled blue in contrast to the brilliant yellow sunflower fields. The temperature warmed up nicely and we finished another "double" feeling very good. It was the Perfect Training Run!

For Tim's pictures, go here: http://www.pbase.com/timenglund/sunflower_run_2007
Tim Englund runs uphill, pre-dawn
Tim Englund runs uphill, pre-dawn
Gene Trahern, RD of the Sisters Poker Run
Gene Trahern, RD of the Sisters Poker Run
trail & moon
trail & moon
trail before dawn
trail before dawn
sunrise & gate
sunrise & gate
view
view
truck
truck
spectacular trails
spectacular trails
aid station
aid station
hill
hill
hill
hill
trail
trail
trail
trail
why they call it the Sunflower Iron
why they call it the Sunflower Iron
trail in the distance
trail in the distance
swollen fingers
swollen fingers
finish line
finish line
about 44 miles (plus some extra credit distance when we got off course), somewhere under 10 hrs
about 44 miles (plus some extra credit distance when we got off course), somewhere under 10 hrs
Tim Englund & David Lygre
Tim Englund & David Lygre
Grand Coulee Dam in the distance
Grand Coulee Dam in the distance
Coulee Dam area
Coulee Dam area