the stage was set for an epic battle. jeff browning was back after a year off. he had won the 100 miler in 2005 and 2006. justin angle showed up from seattle as fit as i've ever seen him. honestly, training with him and watching his training log blew my mind. massive volume and impressive speed work all wrapped into one prepared seattlite. and the sentimental favorite ty draney was back to break the "curse of browning". the two years browning won ty took second. to round it out we had savvy vets jamie gifford and roch horton in the mix. if the front runners beat each other up too bad they'd surely sneak in there for podium spots.
the race started at 11am in the beautiful sun, just up the tongue river road.
as you can see in the video ty, angle, browning and a guy from bozeman showed up together at the first drop bag location mile 18. they were 30 minutes ahead of the course record"ish" splits.
after this i had to get to bed for my 3am wakeup call for my 50 mile race. but apparently browning made a move at like mile 40 (which is early in a 100) and ran scared the rest of his race. jeff finished in 18:56, with justin in at 19:26 and ty in at 19:54. just about 30 minutes behind each other... competitive to say the least, and some very impressive running by all three of them.
although i didn't see jamie gifford after the race i heard he dropped. apparently his hamstring locked up. roch horton finished strong 23:28 - another sub 24hr. the talk after was does that mean roch has to grow back the mustach?