Hot 2 Trot - non-race report

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This morning was the 2009 Hot 2 Trot 8 hour run, in Decatur, GA. It’s put on by the good folk at GUTS. (Along with a number of sponsors.)  As the name implies, it’s generally hot and humid out, as is usual during a Georgia summer.

So, to say it out front, I didn’t run this.

David suggested I come out and take pictures, which I took as a good idea, so that’s what I did.

Showing up to a GUTS events is always fun, since I actually know people now, so can greet and wave and feel like I’m in the party.  (Yeah, it’s hokey, but hey, the first time I showed up to an event, I didn’t know anyone so it wasn’t the same.)  Said hi to all the usuals; David, Sarah, Christian, Team Beth, and plenty others. I met JojaRunner, who just started trail running back in February. (Coincidently, the last race I photographed.)

Pretty soon, the race started and they were off.  I got some pictures of the start, then hung out waiting for people to get closer to finishing the first lap.  The course is a 1.2 mile loop, which I (incorrectly) guessed would be done in about 6 minutes by the leader.  They paced themselves for the day, and it was closer to 8 minutes.

Soon they came, and I headed out in the opposite direction to take pictures.  Joining me was my friend Patrick, whom I hadn’t seen since the ING marathon in March. We caught up, and had a good time poking around. I think we almost set a speed record by completing that lap in about an hour and 10 minutes. :)

It was pretty cool, but a couple hours later when I headed out for the next lap, it had definitely picked up a bit. And the humidity was definitely setting in, as everyone was drenched in sweat.

My second lap was much faster, and I ended up with about 980 pictures and the battery starting to wear down.

On my third lap, I switched to using Davids camera for a while, but then found a nice perch and switched back to mine.  I decided to go into sports mode, and took about another 800 pictures with the goal of putting everything together into a stop-motion movie. (Always fun to do.)

And then, it was time to go home and watch my boy. Another great day.

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The pictures can be found over at my photo site, photos.gonesomewhere.com.  Usual rules apply: feel free to take and use as you want. If you want a copy of the higher resolution version, send me a message along with the name of the picture. Wanna pay? How about making a donation to charity instead. (I’m currently partial to JDCH, but feel free to choose your own.)

As is typical, it took me a hour to get the focus working halfway decently. I really need to figure out how to get sports focus better. (Although I notice that most the slower people come in fine.)  But I hope I got at least one good one of everyone…I’ll let you sort through them to decide.

Written on August 1, 2009