Mike and Suz!
From there, it was a straight-on shot to the end, and I couldn't have been happier to finally cross the finish line with Ellie, hand-in-hand. However, for me, that's when everything kind of started going south in a hurry. We weaved our way through the street to get a couple of bottles of water and some orange slices, and I was getting pretty woozy from the heat. I am pretty good at knowing when I'm getting to be a bit sick, and I told Ellie I needed to get out of the main crowd and into the shade. While doing so, my vision started to go dark and she kept me walking through the crowd, which I really couldn't see. Finally she got me sitting under a bush and soaked me with cold water (about a bottle and a half went on my head and neck). It helped quite a bit, but I was definitely feeling it. For about fifteen minutes, Ellie worked to get me back from a rather delirious state, and finally we made our way back to our sno cone meeting place. After a few minutes in the heat, I felt it coming on again and my vision started to go. Ellie walked me over to the medical fire truck area where I stood in the shade, next to a bunch of EMT's just in case. I didn't end up needing them, but I probably could of used their help. Once my mom found us, she put a nice, cold package of Go-Gurt around my neck to cool me down further.
Sadly, I didn't enjoy any of the free beer, but overall it was still an extremely positive experience. Despite the heat and what followed, it was an absolute blast to run with so many friends and family and to have so many there to cheer us on. With Aunt Linda and family and Aunt Terri and family there to support us, as well as Tutu manning the water station and Dave, Brooks, Adrienne, and mom all there too, I realized that we have the best supporting team we could have asked for. It was awesome to run with the Sneeringer family as well, who all did amazingly well and have given me something to strive for in future races.
So with that, I suppose everyone probably would like to know the official race results! Here they are, in order of chip finish times.
- Jeff - 1:24:43
- Gene - 1:31:19
- Suz - 1:43:13
- Mike -1:43:14
- Ellie - 1:44:15
- Jono - 1:44:15
- Susie - 1:47:03
- Dad - 1:47:03
A fantastic job done by everyone involved, especially my Dad, who found out he would be racing only three days prior to race day. An amazing accomplishment, truly.
Though I do not know if I'll be racing the Boilermaker again next year, I certainly wouldn't rule it out. It was by far the best race I've ever run, and I highly recommend all runners to add it to their "Must Race" lists. You will not be disappointed. Just be ready for the July heat . . .