To my delight and Sam's dismay, we just got back from our meeting for the Crow Pass Crossing Marathon! Up until 5pm this evening we didn't even know if we had gotten in! We made the cut (see Sam's 'Please Let Me In' letter posted July 8th).
Our names were on the "List". So we intently listened to the directions and warnings which I've taken the liberty to sum up as follows: "There will be bears and there's a good possibility you'll get eaten, you must carry from start to finish (yes, we will be checking)- long underwear, rain gear, water, hat/gloves and a partridge in a pear tree to slow down your getaway from the bears we just warned you about, you must make the first 3 severely challenging vertical miles in less than an hour or we'll disqualify you, if you do make the hour cut off you will probably drown while crossing the river because it's really too high to safely cross this year, before you drown don't forget to get your wrist band so we know you didn't cheat and crossed the raging rapids at the correct spot, apparently the wrist band will also inspire us for the second half (I wondered if it's edible), you will get lost because there are more trails than it's even worth our time explaining and they aren't well marked, there is absolutely no medical help, communication is impossible, the trail is constantly changing we never know what dangers lurk about from moment to moment, so do not get hurt as it would be highly inconvenient, annoying and frustrating for everyone involved, finally you have to get to the finish in under 6 hours or again we'll disqualify you! So that's pretty much it. Have a good race."
The gentleman sitting behind us exclaimed "These guys are the race Nazis!" Stay tuned! We'll be up at 4am tomorrow morning and on our way with 148 other race-crazed-marathoners to the start in Girdwood, 26 miles through the Chugach State Park and on to the finish at Eagle River Nature Center! Yay!