The men’s race is going to be great too.
Zach Bitter vs. Patrick Reagan vs. Pete Kostelnick
Bitter and Reagan are debutants of sorts (Zach has run one, but not since nailing down the 100 mile distance well). Patrick had success at the marathon and 100km (ran Olympic Trials marathon in 2016) before moving up to the 100 mi. distance. It’ll be interesting to see how these guys hold up over 24 hours of steady running, and if they do, if they can put up some stellar marks.
And then Pete is the vet, where finishing 24 hours of running isn’t an issue. He just finished running from Alaska to Florida - fully self-supported. Seems like a whole different universe of activity to me, but I guess that would make 24 hours the geometric mean for him vs. Reagan/Bitter.
It should be noted how wonderful the media production of this is - not only can we get the on-going lap-by-lap feed (https://18.104.22.168:8080), but the live stream (both embedded on Twitter and on YouTube above) has the stationary camera going with results split-screen, but will occasionally be picked up (with appropriate equipment to stabilize and make the mobile shots smooth and visually pleasing) along with some commentary in and out. For a race that doesn’t pull in any revenue off of that and does it to entertain the community who does follow it and potentially expose and grow the sport, it’s pretty cool. A lot of races could take a page out of their broadcast efforts.