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Williams to Flagstaff / 01.07.2011
65.1 km / 871.7 km complete
40.5 mi / 541.6 mi complete
8 Participants at the start / 8 Participants at the stage finish

Reports of the 13. Stage

Daily stage results

1. 06 Rainer Koch Germany 6:54:24
2. 05 Patrick Malandain France 8:24:12
3. 13 Serge Girard France 8:24:12
 

Total race results

1. 06 Rainer Koch Germany 96:08:22
2. 17 Anneke Kuiper Netherlands 107:56:29
3. 05 Patrick Malandain France 109:12:13

LMJuly 1st


 

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July 1st

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Hard but so beautiful

7°C this morning at the start and the runners are eager to be on the road to get warm.

This morning there are 16 runners at the start, something we have not had since day 2.

Even if we know that 6 runners are not in the general ranking, it’s consoling to have everyone together. There is no room for boredom on the stage between Williams and Flagstaff.

The route alternates between asphalt and trail.

There is a small mountain trail and a good track to enter Flagstaff, 42 km of almost flat road, then some hills and trees.

There is a smile on every face at the finish and shoes and socks all need to be washed.

Everyone is pleased with this stage, which caused me such concern yesterday. The organizing team: Anne, René, David and Bertrand are working like Trojans and the runners’ satisfaction this evening is everyone’s reward.

Tomorrow’s stage will be longer and more boring and luckily some down hills are in store for the runners. After walking 11 km at the Grand Canyon yesterday, Rainer is in fine form.

He is 1H30 ahead of Patrick, who is second.

I asked him if not having a real opponent on his heels didn’t take away some of his motivation.

His response was no, on the contrary he can take his time, which in fact he does to by icecream on the road and he takes hundreds of photos.

Rainer loves it and then he tells me that it’s good that everyone goes at his own pace and that everyone runs "his/her” own race.

Serge is afraid of injury and doesn’t push on the accelerator, for he knows that there is still a long way to go, that extreme heat will return and that sometimes the route will be monotonous.

There are so many reasons for everyone who wishes to see New York to be careful.

Mr. Koshita gives us the same impression, he goes at his own pace, slowly but surely and he is enjoying himself.

Generally speaking, all the runners are rather regular, except Orru and Bando, who sometimes surprise us in one way or the other by their burst of speed or slowness during a stage. Yesterday Markus started running again and seemed to enjoy being on the road.

Today Gérard, who started the stage, is suffering because the trail is uneven and it hurts his right foot. Tomorrow Jenni and Anneka will run alone because their support crew is leaving.

We will miss Dieneke and Theo, whose presence in our small group did not go unnoticed.

They are incredibly kind and caring. This afternoon it was hot in Flagstaff where the highest point is at an altitude of 2300 meters and the lowest point 2000 meters.

Route 66 runs through and is now an enormous boulevard, near where we will sleep this evening. There will be no daily log for a while because we are entering a No man’s land.

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