Today was the race! The Transylvania 100. This race featured the following distances, all starting at different times: 20K, 30K, 50K, 80K, and 100K. Big Sam ran the 50K, and Dan, Jimmy, and Clay ran the 20K. This was NOT a road race, but a trail run (hike, actually for most of it I believe.)
Big Sam, Jimmy, Clay and Julie left our Airbnb at 5:30AM for the 45 minute ride back to Bran where the race would begin at Bran Castle. Dan, Tami, Leah, Sam, and I left at 8:00AM. Big Sam started running his race at 7:00 AM, and Dan, Jimmy, and Clay began at 11:00AM. The three 20K runners actually boarded a bus at 10:00 AM that took the 20K runners to a drop off point, and they ran back to the finish line.
Clay, Big Sam, and Jimmy before Big Sam began.
Dan, Clay, and Jimmy before they began.
It was cold and rainy.
Jimmy with our English friend, Jane! She is holding the cash Jimmy used to buy his shirt.
On the buses....ready to be taken to the drop off point.
The following pictures were taken with Jimmy's phone while they ran the race.
Let me just say that these photos do not make me want to do a mountain trail run!
While the men were running......the girls, Sam, and I shopped.
Sam getting a music lesson from this vendor.
(He bought the flute!)
Enjoying lunch at a street vendor.
waiting in the rain for the men to finish
The finish line was right here in front of the castle.
Yay! Here comes Clay!
He finished in 4 hours, 15 minutes, 34 seconds.
And here come Jimmy and Dan!
They finished in 4 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds.
And not too much longer......here comes Big Sam!
He finished (50K) in 8 hours, 37 minutes, 19 seconds.
We were so proud of them! No one was injured, and except for being soaking wet, extremely muddy, and exhausted, all was well!
The happy, muddy finishers!
The runners changed into dry clothes, and then we began the long trip back to Craiova (remember, it took us 8 hours to get here!) But thankfully, even with a long stop for supper along the way, we were home before 11:00PM.
Waiting for dinner in the fancy restaurant in Pitesti.
Leah's fancy dessert!