Marathon at Elk Creek 2014

Paul Grippa at the water obstacle

Paul Grippa at the water obstacle

Driving and walking along the Elk Creek course, I really enjoyed seeing all the wildflowers in bloom – clover, wild roses, honeysuckle.  Not only do they look lovely, they smell beautiful as well.

Another lovely day today.  A little warmer than yesterday, but still with a little breeze.  I was able to get out and take a few pictures.  Simon Rosenman the TD was nice enough to let me ride with him in his gator as he made his rounds.  I stayed for a while in the area between Obstacle 1 and Obstacle 5 (I think) the water.

Beverly Patrick storms through the water obstacle

Beverly Patrick storms through the water obstacle

I have to mention that the score runners here were outstanding.  There were 3 of them and that means that they kept the score sheets coming in at a very regular pace – not in big piles as is often the case.  Much appreciated, especially at the end.

Chet Halka in Obstacle 1

Chet Halka in Obstacle 1

A couple of drivers withdrew, there were a couple of eliminations, and corrected courses.  Jeff McCarthy is here and flying his drone around to the interest of all.

Dan Rosenthal and his Dartmoor Pair at the water obstacle

Dan Rosenthal and his Dartmoor Pair at the water obstacle

Cynthia Doll

Cynthia Doll

The competitors’ party was fun.  Everyone crowded around the TV that Mary Mott Kocsis had set up to watch the Belmont.  All were disappointed that California Chrome was unable to win the Triple Crown, but it was great to have the opportunity to watch the race while at the competition.

Mary Mott also made sure everyone was well fed again today, even my dog Pumpkin, who was the recipient of a lot of turkey from a sandwich that had to be converted to a veggie.

Bev Lesher passed the hat and asked for donations to go toward building a new obstacle for Elk Creek next year.  Many of these obstacles were built many years ago for Fair Hill International, when Lana Wright was running things.

For those who have been in this game a while, Chandler Irwin was on site to watch his granddaughter Brooke Tadlock drive the marathon today.  Her mother Susie Tadlock, was her navigator.

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