It was a great 24-hours on the trail running the Elijah Bristow 24-Hour Trail Run, filled with many high and lows.
The run started super fun. As I was checking in and getting my race bib yesterday just prior to the race’s start @dpila, a talented local runner asked, “Hey Cam, you wanna fun fast for 6 hours?” David was doing the 6-hour run and wanted the course record. I said, “No man, I’m going to be disciplined. I always start off way too fast and it kills me later. I’m gonna run smart this year.” That lasted about 5 minutes until the start of the race then Dave and I were off, running hard with another guy. It was super fun but not wise. Dave finished after 6-hours very close to the course record and I had 18 hours left.
The challenge was big, but knowing you all were following along (appreciate the shoutout @joerogan!), some great fellow runners I befriended during the event and the incredible race staff made the experience amazing.
My brother, one of my biggest supporters/best friends, was on hand throughout the night after getting 3rd place in a 50-mile mountain race he did north of me. Thank you @tspike2. My family was in and out offering love/support, my good friends showed up during the toughest part of the night, but there’s one little thing, support is awesome, but that doesn’t get you any free miles. Still need to hammer!!!
@courtneydauwalter offered up a goal, 120 miles. Sounded good to me...I felt fit and mentally strong. The fast start sabotaged my confidence a little, but I was still able to get 100 miles done with 2 hours left and after getting off my feet and re-fueling I was able to bust out 8 more miles to give me 108 miles in 24 hours, my best total ever for this race and good enough for 3rd place overall.
Previously here on this trail I’d run 106, 102 and 100 miles in the 3-years prior.
It hurt, as this type event always will, but it feels great to push through big challenges and come out on the other side better, tougher and more in-tune with your body.
To everyone who competed at Bristow, you have my respect! And to the Race Director, the legendary, Ed Willson, thank you for creating this special race. Photo Cred: Elijah Bristow 24