So we headed up to Roseville, Ca on Friday night. Got checked into the hotel, no problem. Got a call from the hotel office manager saying the computers had crashed and they lost all the booking info, needed to re-enter everything. After giving him our billing address, I realized how dumb it was to give out any info on the phone and said my husband would be right down to the office to give the info in person. And...yeah. It was a scam. Panic ensued. Now some scam person had our home address and knew we were not home but at the hotel. What to do, go home? Drive back the 2 hours the morning before the race? Stay put and worry about it all weekend??
Well, after talking with the office at the hotel and finding out it's a problem in the Sacramento area, hotels are being targeted by a scam being run out of Africa and or Asia, targeting people's credit info, and that they are aware of the problem and the police are involved, and that nobodies homes have been broken into following one of these calls...we called our home police department, explained what had happened, and they said they'd keep a car in our neighborhood. So, we stayed put.
Race morning, no problems other than Brian forgetting his hand held water bottle and attempting for two seconds to convince me he didn't need to carry any water (he later said he drank more water this run than normal and would have been sunk w/no water). We bought just a regular water bottle, no hand strap at all, which he carried the whole time. He was off and running at 8:10, we saw him just before the 8 mile mark, and then 7 hours later at the finish. I'll link to his recap when he gets one up, but for now, here's some pictures from the weekend-
|Brian and NTL, Allen, before the race started.|
|With a record crowd, they did a wave start this year, this was wave one. You really want to get where you want to be since all these runners will funnel onto single track trails.|
|Courthouse in Coloma, Ca.|
Then we went to Sutters Mill, where the very first gold was found that started the Gold Rush. There's a lot to explore there, many old buildings and whatnot. The kids completed some activities and earned nice Jr. Ranger badges.
Update : Brian has his race recap up here.