All the text in red is pulled directly from the Race Directors Blog, so they are her (I think it's a her) words and not mine. Did I ask for permission? Not exactly. Do I have responses? Of course.
The last part, and I'm sure the person from Arizona was chuckling when I wrote her back, is due to the expected heat. We will start on race morning with temperatures in the 30-45 degree range and quickly heat up to a high of possibly near or past 100 degrees by noon. In the higher elevations like we are, that is a very dry heat and if you are not used to the elevation the combination will dehydrate you very quickly. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, for goodness sake, HYDRATE.
Are you shittin' me? Seriously? One freaking hundred degrees? Dude, I could stay in my own state and run a marathon if I want to run in 100 degree weather. Hell, I would have just ran the Country Music Marathon this year. It's MONTANA. It's not supposed to be hot there. I get texts from Vandy-Montana every other day telling me that he's running in snow and sleet and shit. And now I'm hearing it's going to be hot as blazes? Awwwww... Hells no. By the way, what is this "dry heat" you speak of?
Her question indicated that since there were bears and mountain lions and rattlesnakes - were spiders a problem too?
First of all, I'm not even going to address the fact that someone is more concerned about damn spiders than they are bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes. What the hell? Second of all... MOUNTAIN LIONS? RATTLESNAKES??
(Mosquitoes, however, may be the size of hummingbirds by then....)
Haha. Good one.
Wait. That is a joke, right?
Top ten reasons to "Run wit da Griz"!
10. You might meet (or beat) David Letterman.
9. 26.2 miles seems shorter under "The Big Sky".
8. Your chance to test your speed versus Ursus arctos horribilis.
Wait, they speak Greek in Montana? Oh shit, I just looked it up. It's the scientific name for grizzly bear. Ummm.. the scientific name includes the word "horribilis?" That just sounds made up. Scary, but made up.
7. No better place to run your first marathon than "The Last Best Place".
6. Aid stations with water, energy drink, food and Copenhagen.
5. Only three people per square mile (one person per square kilometer!).
4. To survive, you only need to beat one person.
3. It's safer than running in mountain lion country...uh..wait...scratch that...you are in mountain lion country!
2. Chuck Norris is afraid to.
1. Any idiot can run a marathon but it takes a special kind of idiot to run a
marathon in grizzly country.
and my favorite... a late entry..
"Because those who walk it are usually eaten."