The morning of the race, we were up at 3:00am. The race started at 5:00am and Vandy Montana needed time to get up, get ready, eat, and drive to the start line. I spent this time getting ready as well. I made sure to take all my stuff with me, JUST IN CASE, when I got there, I wouldn't have time to get back to the hotel before I had to meet my ride to the Aid Station. There was no way in hell I was missing that ride to the aid station, folks.
It was still really dark on our way to the start and as we got closer to the park, you could see the early starters (early start time of 4am allowed for some runners) flickering headlamps along the side of the creek. For me, that's when it really sank in. Holy shit. Vandy Montana is running 50 miles today.
While we waited around before the start, I heard Vandy Montana say something that I've never heard him say before a race: that he was nervous.