Rick will be stopping at the first checkpoint, the Gateway store, which is at the 36.7 mile mark and is planning on being there for about an hour. His SPOT tracking will be at a standstill, but no worries as he is inside probably drinking some Coke and eating a hotdog. He has been traveling along with Ben Clark, another ultrarunner from ND. Ben is a student at NDSU. He ran across the State of ND this past summer to raise funds for flood-ravaged Minot, ND. It's nice to know that they are together, at least for now. Rick used to pull the sled to work, work for 8 hours and than pull the sled home in preparation for Arrowhead, which was a 'day's work' of around 10 hours. Today in that 10 hour time frame, he traveled 36.7 miles to the first checkpoint - 'All in a day's work' PLUS 100 more miles to go! The conditions report was that the temperature reached a high of 25.4 today on the trail and is 17 degrees right now. The snow is very "bad" and is eating up about 20-30% of the efficiency of the toe off(that was from the college student, Ben). Rick mumbled something about beer and dancing girls before he said goodbye - I don't think he is starting to be sleep deprived yet.........????
Pray for a safe night for all runners and volunteers, Kristy