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Sunflower Iron Double 05.02.2009

The Sunflower Iron is a 21.5 mile race in Twisp, WA. It's name says it all - there are billions of sunflowers blanketing the hills. Tim and I ran the double again. We started at 4:10 am at the race Finish and ran into the sunrise to the Start. We did a bit of trail navigation to find the course in the dark, but we didn't get lost this time. We made it to the start with minutes to spare and then race with the racers back to the Finish. We came in 7th from last place. It was fabulous. Lots of lollygagging and picture taking. Tons of fun and soaking in the beauty of hills.
The climb out of the valley around 4:30 am
The climb out of the valley around 4:30 am
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We made it to the official start with minutes to spare.
We made it to the official start with minutes to spare.
We refueled here for the official run.
We refueled here for the official run.
We met some very nice ladies on the course and swaped picture taking.
We met some very nice ladies on the course and swaped picture taking.
Michael and his wife Tamara Cartwright
Michael and his wife Tamara Cartwright
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The sunflowers were spectacular!
The sunflowers were spectacular!
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Perfect trail running.
Perfect trail running.
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Patterson Lake
Patterson Lake
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Aid station volunteers
Aid station volunteers
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The hillsides were literally blanketed with sunflowers
The hillsides were literally blanketed with sunflowers
We took our time and enjoyed the scenery.
We took our time and enjoyed the scenery.
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No better way to spend the day!
No better way to spend the day!
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Last aid station with the best view (next photo)
Last aid station with the best view (next photo)
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Floss daily?
Floss daily?
The start of the final decent into the valley
The start of the final decent into the valley
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Sharon Carlson
Sharon Carlson
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I think this is my favorite picture....
I think this is my favorite picture....
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What was left of the finish line by the time we finished.
What was left of the finish line by the time we finished.
The rest of the day was spent in Winthrop for dinner and shopping.
The rest of the day was spent in Winthrop for dinner and shopping.
The ride home - view from the passenger seat.  Love those Drymax socks!
The ride home - view from the passenger seat. Love those Drymax socks!
The following pictures are Tim's.....This is my flashlight at 4 am.
The following pictures are Tim's.....This is my flashlight at 4 am.