Just got a call form Leigh to let us know that Lisa finished the official Badwater race - 135 miles of it! Lisa finished around 4am (Pacific) and placed as the 8th (oops - LSB was 8th! --cw) female finisher. And she'll have a shiny new buckle to add to her collection.
Leigh said one of the highlights of the finish is how close Lisa finished to Marshall Ulrich. Lisa and Marshall have been friends for so long and share so many Badwater memories. In fact, it was Marshall how convinced Lisa to run this race her very first time!
Leigh said Lisa & crew will take a little rest in Lone Pine before they return to the Whitney Portals and start the ascent of Mt Whitney.
Thinking about thte Badwater Double as three distinct parts - the official race, the Mt Whitney sections, and the return 135 miles...Lisa has one-third down, two-thirds to go!
Let the games begin...
(Thanks so much to Leigh for calling in all these reports. I notice her voice gets a little softer with each call as exhaustion sets in, but her grace and sweetness never fade. She's so great!)
ps - Thought I'd have a little fun comparing photos of Lisa through Lone Pine in 2006 versus 2007. She finished faster this year - coming through Lone Pine during the night and needing reflective gear. Notice one thing that is the same year over year? Go George Velasco - you are the man!
GREAT FINISH LINE photos: