GREGG CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO PENCE NEGATIVE ATTACK AD

first_imgGREGG CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO PENCE NEGATIVE ATTACK ADThe 30-second ad, which does not provide a single citation or source for any of the accusations, is running statewide.“Mike Pence has failed as governor. His record is one that has brought scorn and embarrassment to Hoosiers, hurt our economy and set us all back,” said Tim Henderson, Gregg for Governor campaign manager. “Now, he’s not even man enough to put his own name on this attack.”Please find a fact check on Mike Pence’s ad below.Charge: “…helped turn a $2 billion surplus into a massive deficit”Facts: Brian Bosma and John Gregg shared Governing Magazine’s 2002 Public Official of the Year Award. [Governing, 2002]Bosma: “I think John (Gregg) and I both realize that while political position certainly plays a part in the legislative process, responsible adults have to bring the process to a responsible close for the benefit of those who are governed.”  “The final product didn’t please anyone entirely, perhaps least of all Gregg and Bosma, who both voted ‘no.’ But the pair was able to work together to pool what votes were needed to pass a bill that modernized a badly outmoded tax code. The two hugged emotionally when the vote was over. ‘I think John and I both realize,’ Bosma says, ‘that while political position certainly plays a part in the legislative process, responsible adults have to bring the process to a responsible close for the benefit of those who are governed.’” [Governing, 2002]Indianapolis Star Editorial: “Lawmakers put aside personal and political agendas to pass a needed tax and budget bill.”“Lawmakers put aside personal and political agendas to pass a needed tax and budget bill. Painful but necessary. In passing HB 1001 this weekend, the Indiana General Assembly has protected Hoosiers from a coming tax-and-budget explosion. With time running out on their special session, lawmakers did what needed to be done to keep property taxes low, boost Indiana’s economy and close a $1 billion budget gap. The bill passed Saturday wasn’t perfect, but it was a good deal better than earlier versions and it contained necessary ingredients to address the state’s most serious economic issues, which included an imminent spike in property taxes in 2003 following reassessment, the increasingly hostile tax environment facing Indiana businesses and red ink that was threatening deep cuts in essential human services and education.” [Indianapolis Star, 6/24/02]Charge: “…supported higher taxes on Indiana families and business…”  Facts: In the 2002 restructuring, “the legislature provided approximately $1 billion in property tax relief for homeowners.”“The 2002 reassessment was based on 1999 market values and the first time the market value-in-use system of assessment was used. Many homeowners experienced dramatic property tax increases, especially those with well-maintained older homes that had been under-assessed for many years. The prior system failed to take into account remodeling and rehabilitation of older properties. In response to the increase in residential taxes, the legislature provided approximately $1 billion in property tax relief for homeowners. However, property tax relief continued to be a growing expense for the state. In 2007, to assist in balancing the state budget, the General Assembly capped property tax relief to homeowners for the first time at approximately $2 billion.” [IACED, January 2008]The 2002 restructuring deal began the elimination of the inventory tax by offering a 100 percent deduction.“This is the beginning of the end of Indiana’s inventory tax. Starting with inventories assessed in 2006, for taxes payable in 2007, there will be a 100% deduction applied to the assessed values of inventories. Inventories will be assessed, but they won’t be taxed. Until then a more generous exemption will be applied to certain types of inventories. Counties can decide to impose an income tax, and use the revenue to end the inventory tax sooner. The $37,500 credit was an earlier inventory tax break that will be obsolete now that inventories won’t be taxed.” [Purdue Agriculture Economy, As Accessed 5/15/2016]Charge: “…did side work for scandal-ridden Enron….Fact: John Gregg did zoning work to construct a power plant.“I had represented a company in Knox County that had built a power plan. An attorney doing legal work out of Louisville had called and asked me if I’d help him do some of the zoning. I do a lot of zoning work; it’s a large percentage of my income from the Vincennes law office. The company would pay me but I worked with their independent attorney, who was a great guy to work with. I didn’t think anything of it. I did stuff for them off and on for a year and a half, on their power plant and related issues. The company—well, you’d recognize the name, it was known as Enron—sadly went in the tank.” [“From Sandborn to the Statehouse,” pp 132-133]FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Warburtons fibre boost

first_imgWarburtons is kicking off a national promotion of its wholemeal range this September, in order to give the nation a ‘fibre boost’. It is also launching a mini online drama called ‘The Seeds of Love’ featuring its Seeded Batch Loaf. Warburtons’ Fibre Provider campaign follows on where its 2007 campaign, ‘Are you getting enough’ left off. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of fibre in peoples’ diets. The Nation’s Fibre Provider is running across its wholemeal range, and emphasising its recently launched Wholemeal Fibre Boost.The campaign will incorporate press ads, a sampling roadshow and the launch of a microsite www.fibreprovider.co.uk. The website will offer tips from a health expert as well as recipes and a fibre intake monitor. “The viral mechanic for the ‘Seeds of Love’ campaign is a first for Warburtons and allows us to engage with our target consumers of women aged 35-64 in a more interactive way,” said category manager, Katie Rowson. ‘The Seeds of Love’ mini drama series can be viewed at www.bitesizedpassion.co.uk. The campaign will be promoted on-pack, via a viral email and on-line.last_img read more

Bakers benefit from point-of-sale website

first_imgCraft bakers are using an innovative website as a low-cost way to help advertise their business.The website www.mypersonalbakery.com, which was launched last year by bakery ingredients supplier CSM UK, allows bakers to produce bespoke point-of-sale materials in a range of sizes from A1 to A5, which can be used to create posters, counter-top displays and wall-hanging designs.The developement of the site, which was sparked by National Craft Bakers’ Week last year, is designed to further support craft bakers across the UK, said CSM.Many including Andrew Hallett, general manager of Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery in Cornwall, have reported a positive response from their customers.Hallett said it had previously been too expensive for a family-run artisan bakery to get individual bespoke POS materials. He added: “Using window posters to attract passing trade and counter displays to influence customers in-store, we can confirm that the displays did actually work and resulted in additional sales that we can attribute directly to the use of point-of-sale.”last_img read more

Potential strike action at Gunstones Bakery

first_imgHundreds of workers at a bakery near Sheffield are preparing to strike after voting in favour of industrial action over proposed changes to pay and conditions.Staff at Gunstones, in Dronfield, voted 95.3% in favour of action after owners 2 Sisters Food Group announced the changes.Under the proposals, employees would have overtime rates on weekends and Bank Holidays reduced. Sick pay would also be cut. Workers were given 90 days notice of the change of contract.Ballot papers were sent to around 800 members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union at Gunstones. Votes were cast between 23 February and 2 March.Sam Vickers, organising regional secretary, said he wanted to avoid strike action if possible and was hoping the vote would prompt the company to make concessions. Following the vote, the union now has 28 days to begin any industrial action.“I want to use the 28 days to try and negotiate a settlement,” said Vickers. “The first thing I want them to do is withdraw the threat of the 90 days notice that is hanging over everyone, then we can sit down and discuss what we’d like to implement properly and meaningfully.”The union and management are due to meet for negotiations on Wednesday 7 March. “We’ll find out on Wednesday whether they’re serious or not and are treating us as equals,” said Vickers. “The company is making a profit. We will only strike when we believe we have no option,” he added.Andrew Hanson, head of communications at 2 Sisters, said: “We are disappointed, but we are continuing to talk to the union and we are confident we can work towards a resolution. We have had strike ballots before and they haven’t always resulted in strikes.“2 Sisters Food Group operates in a highly competitive environment and, as a major supplier to all of the UK’s leading retailers, we continually need to ensure that we deliver the highest quality at the lowest cost, particularly with trading conditions remaining challenging at this time and with high food inflation. This is about trying to secure Gunstones for the future. It is a tough market at the moment and this is about making sure it remains viable.”last_img read more

Sweet summertime

first_imgBlackburnian Warbler at Hills Pond in Perkins Plantation. (Tom Oliver)Bobolink at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Mallard with young at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Northern Parula warbler near the outlet of Hills Pond in Perkins Plantation. (Tom Oliver)Deer at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Hooded Merganser with young at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)A doe with her fawn; something tells me that her fawn missed the message about getting all the way down! Mt Vernon, Wilton. (Jim Knox)A chipping sparrow takes on a pink glow while sitting in an Azalea Bush. Wilton. (Jim Knox)A hummingbird that looks upset over something. (Jim Knox)A hen turkey and her chick keep an eye out for trouble. (Dennis York)A doe kicks up her heels. (Dennis York)Turtles are everywhere. (Dennis York)Minnows in a clear stream. (Dennis York)Working hard to keep the chicks fed. (Dennis York)Summer fleeting by! Lilacs almost gone and now roses everywhere. A Farmington species. (Jane Knox)Blackberry bushes have taken over our wooded road (Jane Knox)Rhododendrons are at their peak. Can anything top that later in the summer? (Jane Knox)Another shot of the French lilac. (Jane Knox)The French Lilac comes a bit later and is more delicate in size and color than the regular lilac. (Jane Knox)Beginning of the Lilly summering in Maine varying in color and size all summer long. (Jane Knox)Right in that rose bush is where a couple of Cat birds build their nest every summer (Jane Knox)Male loon rises up for feather straightening in Egypt Pond after diving for breakfast. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Mrs. Black duck waits for her brood of seven to arrive for a nap on the shore of the Kennebec River in Hallowell after foraging for food in the chilly water. Notice her olive green bill compared to the orange bill of a female mallard which is key to identification. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)All tucked in and roasty toasty it’s nap time for the Black Duck brood of seven on the rocky Kennebec shore. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Grooming time for a black duckling after foraging in the Kennebec.(Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Colorful Mr. Mallard grooms on the shore of the Kennebec River. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Mrs. Mallard readies herself and her brood for a cozy nap in tall grass along the Kennebec in Hallowell. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Reflections complete fish sculptures on the shore of Egypt Pond. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Song sparrow on the shore of the Kennebec River in Hallowell. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)(M) House sparrow near the Kennebec River in Hallowell. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Ant with its catch on a nectar covered peony. The ants show up to enjoy the sweet nectar on the buds, but have nothing to do with the peonies’ development. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)It’s twins for the robin family. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Butter-flight (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)On the edge: Swallowtail butterfly wing. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Up close and personal with a Yellow Swallowtail proboscis, much like a paper towel-lined straw, used for sipping nectar. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Callosamia Promethea moth. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Up close with dragonfly’s face. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Dragonfly on geranium (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Female ruby throated humming bird enjoys last call for an after dinner drink. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The goldfinches met up for a morning drink at the local watering hole. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip stops, looks, and listens before scoping out some leafy greens. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip’s balanced dinner included fresh green grass. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip added fresh clover for his dinner salad. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Rosy Maple Moth (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Eagle flying over the Kennebec River in Hallowell. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)A country fence leads to a partial rainbow. (Don Waterhouse)last_img read more

12 Days Of Phishmas: A Steam-Filled New Year’s Celebration To End 2011

first_imgIn 6 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy! On the seventh day of Phishmas, we take a journey back to our fond memories of New Year’s Eve 2011 at Madison Square Garden, where Phish started their gag with a tea kettle and ended it with a full-on aerial display! Before we get to the New Year’s stunt, however, there was plenty of meat to this 12/31/11 performance for all to enjoy.The show started out in true Phish fashion, with the rock and roll of “AC/DC Bag.” The full first set was chock full of the band’s famed original tunes, including a funk-fueled “Wolfman’s Brother” and the Mike Gordon penned odyssey that is “Scent of a Mule.” The band rip roared through “Faulty Plan”, and treated fans to a number of classics like “Lawn Boy”, “Gotta Jibboo”, “Farmhouse”, and “Pebbles and Marbles.” They ended the set with a back-to-back “Ocelot > Fluffhead,” with Trey Anastasio teasing “Auld Lang Syne” for the fans.Set two hit the ground running with “Party Time,” before a major jam in “Light” that included Page McConnell on the theremin. The jams were a-flowing in this second set, as they transitioned into “Golden Age” and again into “Theme From The Bottom”. A lighthearted “Heavy Things” followed, before the band went into full funk mode with “Ghost”, “Sneaking Sally Through The Alley”, and “46 Days”. The set ended with a powerful “Suzy Greenberg”, putting a cap on a gliding second set for the ages.After a third set opening “Cavern,” Trey went over to a randomly-placed tea kettle on the stage that was going off wildly. Steam then started rising from the floor, before a full display of instruments started levitating through the steam. Then a woman carrying a “Steam” sign got caught in the levitating display, before randomly placed aerialists the crowd started floating up and down as well. The Garden was filled with steam, as an ode to the band’s newest song at the time, “Steam.” Naturally, the band played the song as these shenanigans were on full display, until one of the aerialists counted down to midnight. After the “Auld Lang Syne” balloons, the aerialist dancers resumed their position during a fun-loving “Down With Disease” to kick off 2012.The rest of the show was filled with fun tunes like “The Wedge,” “Alaska”, “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, the set-closing “First Tube”, and the encore to close out the night, “Slave To The Traffic Light”. This was a great Phish show through and through, but the steam-filled stunts rank it among the best of Phish’s 40 shows at MSG.You can watch the full video of 12/31/11, courtesy of The Phish Jams on YouTube, and check out the Phish.net setlist below.Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2011SET 1: AC/DC Bag > Wolfman’s Brother, Scent of a Mule, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Lawn Boy, Gotta Jibboo, Farmhouse, Pebbles and Marbles, Ocelot > FluffheadSET 2: Party Time, Light[1] -> Golden Age > Theme From the Bottom, Heavy Things > Ghost > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > 46 Days > Suzy GreenbergSET 3: Cavern, Steam > Auld Lang Syne > Down with Disease[2], The Wedge, Alaska, Wading in the Velvet Sea, First TubeENCORE: Slave to the Traffic Light[1] Page on theremin.[2] Unfinished.This show was webcast via LivePhish. Fluffhead contained an Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. Light featured Page on theremin. Prior to Steam, a steam kettle and hot plate went off on stage, with Trey acting like he was attempting to put out the steam. Shortly after the song began, steam also came from the floor near the soundboard area. An amp (with the steam kettle on it), a keytar, a bass, a vacuum, and a few lights were then lifted off the stage. A woman in the front of the stage tossed a “Steam” sign into the front row, then rose with a barricade and security guard before eventually being lifted up over the band. Several other aerialists (clothed in various casual attire, equipped with black backpacks emitting smoke and lights on their backs) subsequently rose up from the crowd and ascended and descended several times. The first aerialist counted down to midnight, at which point balloons were released from the ceiling. The aerialists later returned with lights in their hands for Down with Disease, which also featured Trey and Mike being raised up and back down a few times before finally rising several feet on hydraulic lifts. Steam contained a Spooky tease from Trey and Disease was unfinished.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the seventh day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

Ricketts, Ruelas emphasize mental health awareness at town hall meeting

first_imgOn the eve of Irish State of Mind Week’s mental health awareness campaign, student government hosted a town hall meeting Thursday evening and answered the questions of senators, hall presidents and other students. “We’re at a different place in the conversation with mental health than we are with sexual assault,” senior student body president Bryan Ricketts said. “We’re just trying to define the problem with mental health in general right now.”On Monday, student government kicks off mental health awareness week with their Irish State of Mind initiative.Michael Yu | The Observer “We decided that mental health awareness needs to be education in tandem with action,” senior student body vice president Nidia Ruelas said. “The idea is that we’re going to release a video next week in conjunction with other ACC schools, with the message ‘Just Ask.’ It means asking really, truly how someone is doing, finding out how they really are underneath the facades we put on in high stress situations, which we obviously have a lot of here.”Ruelas said she has also started to work with a variety of focus groups to determine different and better solutions to student mental health needs.“We want to figure out if we’re doing the proper outreach to groups, and trying to figure out how to better respond to all of that,” she said. “We found with racial and ethnic minorities that they responded really well with group setting, so it’s about understanding what our target is and how to best serve them.”Ricketts also introduced a new partnership between student government and the individual colleges to target more specifically the issue. “This summer, we spent a lot of time with the administration trying to figure out the problem with mental illness … we wanted to work with the colleges to figure out how they can specifically help,” Ricketts said. “… It will be different with the Architecture majors than the Arts and Letters majors.” In addition to addressing mental health, Ricketts and Ruelas emphasized their continuing attention to the issue of sexual assault at the University. “We as a community are responsible for what happens in this community,” Rickets said. “… Holding one another accountable has kind of been the underpinning of change regarding sexual assault here.”Last year, student government launched the It’s On Us campaign to help prevent sexual assault.“The It’s On Us campaign all starts by being like, ‘Hey, we’re going to look out for each other. We’re going to be there for each other,’” Ruelas said. “But that doesn’t end with your friends.”The Green Dot program also helps to educate students through training sessions, they said. “You see the difference when we reach out to people to come to trainings for these things, they’ll bring two or three people with them. … We’re holding more people accountable for their actions,” Ricketts said.“… The more conversations we have about it, the better. If you can convince that person, that naysayer, that one person who dwells in the what-ifs, if you can convince them that it’s on them too, that really is tangible change.”Ruelas also spoke about the recent push to make reporting sexual assault a simpler process.“We put out posters at the beginning of the semester describing how to deal with sexual assault,” she said. “It’s simple enough, so that if you see something when you’re out and about, you can say something. It’s a whole part of the culture piece in order to effect change.”Tags: It’s On Us, Mental health, sexual assault, Student government, town halllast_img read more

Don’t Be Alarmed, Ladies & Gentlemen! King Kong Musical to Beat Its Chest on Broadway This December

first_img Watch the epic musical’s Australian TV spot below for a sneak peek! “Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!” The new stage musical King Kong, which made its world premiere at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, last summer, will open in December, Gerry Ryan, one of the show’s producers, told The New York Times. “We’re having to tweak it a little bit, a little bit more music, and polish up the script,” Ryan, an executive with Global Creatures, told the Times. “We did get a script doctor, try and tighten the show up, for the audience to follow the story a little bit easier. [Broadway] is the theater capital of the world and, you know, Kong is a natural fit in New York.” Featuring a score by Grammy nominee Marius de Vries and book by Tony nominee Craig Lucas, King Kong is set against the backdrop of bustling New York City in the 1930s and tells the story of the infamous ape and his encounter with aspiring actress Ann Darrow, megalomaniac filmmaker Carl Denham, stubborn first mate Jack Driscoll and the people of NYC. The Australian production of King Kong is directed by Daniel Kramer.center_img View Comments The show’s score consists of revamped 1930s Broadway songs like “Get Happy,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” as well as new and existing numbers from artists like Sarah McLachlan, Robert Del Naja, Justice, Guy Garvey and The Avalanches. Michael Mitnick and Stephen Pavlovic have contributed to the musical score.last_img read more

Crews restore power to more than 11,000 CVPS customers over night

first_imgLine crews worked tirelessly through the night last night after a three-pronged wave of thunderstorms swept through the state yesterday, knocking out power to about 12,500 CVPS customers at the height of the storm around 10 pm. About 750 customers in Rutland, Orange, and Windsor counties remain without power this morning, with some scattered outages across the state.“We began mobilizing crews from our other districts in the early evening yesterday,” said Storm Manager Scott Massie. “But this storm really came in three waves. The first wave hit the St. Albans area yesterday afternoon, and then the next wave hit central Vermont, and then Rutland County took a beating last night. It was next to impossible to know where these storms cells were going to hit; they just popped up everywhere without notice.”Storm damage was localized to specific areas.“I didn’t have a limb down at my house,” said Rutland Operations Supervisor Chris Gandin, who lives nearby Sugar and Spice off Route 4 in Mendon, “but trees and limbs were down everywhere only a few miles away.”CVPS crews were assisted by crews from Green Mountain Power, Ludlow Electric and Bemis Line Construction.“Crews will be working through the day today to finish our restoration efforts,” CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external)Source: CVPS. 7.22.2010last_img read more

BRO ATHLETES: Michael Owen’s Georgia Death March

first_imgBack in March I ran in the opening race of the 2015 U.S. Skyrunner Series at the Georgia Death Race 68 Miler (GDR) that ran from Amicalola Falls State Park to Vogel State Park in the North Georgia Mountains.  Aside from GDR being my first race of 2015 , and the first race of the Skyrunner Series, I was stoked to get down to see and explore the mountains of North Georgia.  This area is probably a bit unrecognized by a lot of ultra runners around the United States, but it is a trail mecca, with the course crisscrossing the Appalachia Trail, and running on the Benton MacKaye Trail and Duncan Ridge Trail.  These distinguished trail systems are all well-used by hikers and other outdoor recreationalists and maintained and treasured by local trail associations and other constituents.  What it is known for by runners are the dramatic ups and downs, lack of switchbacks, and unrelenting steepness.  This rugged and wild terrain definitely became evident during my race!RunBumTours hosts the GDR and Sean Blanton (aka RunBum), the race director, touts the race as death itself.  Although I wasn’t much into the pre-race antics that went back and forth on the Facebook. I tended to focus on what was real and present, like the actual course, logistics such as the elevation profile, distances of climbs and where they came along the course, etc., in my pre-race planning and not get caught up the the hype of ‘the death race’.IMG_1672A rainy start at Amicalola Falls SP The RaceThe race was pretty calm in the early goings but still featured some stout climbing.  We departed from the Amicalola Visitor Center and almost immediately started climbing up Amicalola Falls stairway, which was over 600 steps and nearly 1000 feet in less than a mile.  From there we all dropped back down to the starting area on a gravel forest road before going right back up on a paved park road for nearly another 1000′ in a mile.  During these first 3.5 miles and 2000′ of gain, I mainly just focused on conserving energy.  Everyone hiked up the falls and then I transitioned from hiking to running up the long paved road.  I hooked up with Travis Macy from Evergreen, Colorado for the first part as we were going about the same speed.  Coincidentally it was Travis who I borrowed a handful of salt tablets from just 15 minutes before the start of the race, as I was quickly going from one person to another searching for some since I had forgotten my bottle was empty!  That helped!   It was nice getting to know him in the first part of the race.  He told me about a new book he has just published called The Ultra Mindset and I’m looking forward to reading it.We continued to go uphill for another 700′ on muddy forest paths to the Nimblewill Gap Aid Station at mile 7.5 at a controlled but still sub 9 minute pace.  After the aid station it was a 9 mile downhill dropping almost 2000′ before entering the Jake Bull aid station.  Although I was still focusing on being in control of pace, and limiting downhill quad pounding, I felt good enough to pull away from the guys I had climbed with and ran the next 4 miles at around 6:35 pace.  The grade leveled out a bit and I maintained 7:00 pace until the next climb.  In this section I ran into Andrew Miller, an 18 year old from Corvallis, Oregon, who has been running ultras since the age of 14, and who was one of the race favorites according to what I had seen.  We chatted a bit and rolled into the Jake Bull aid station.Andrew seemed like he was pretty calm and methodical in his running, and when we started the 6 mile, 1500′ climb up to Winding Stair Gap we comfortably matched each others pace.  I am probably 8 inches taller than Andrew, and 8 years older, but we seemed similar in how we approached racing.  As we jockeyed back and forth up the gravel Winding Stair Gap Rd. we came across the cycling race that was taking place on the same road we were on.  We had been warned about this, and it was a bit interesting running up the hill the same speed or faster than the bikers.  I chatted with one lady who was astonished that were were running further than their 50 mile ride.  Of course, on any downhills, dozens of bikers came barreling down, brakes squealing, the red mud flying.  It was somewhat nerve-racking thinking that I could maybe get run over by a biker.DSC_0146As the climb steepened near the end, I stopped to relieve myself and Andrew passed me.  I had no urgency in catching back up so I casually ran into the aid station and replenished my supplies with Andrew about a minute ahead.  At this point David Kilgore was somewhere even further ahead in 1st place.  I had heard he is a 2:17:00 marathoner and that he was a contender.  Kilgore set off on a fast pace and it seemed reckless, but anytime there is someone ahead in a race, you need to at least keep check of them.  At this point of 23 miles, I knew the race was far from over.More downhills and frequent uphills on forest roads and paths went on for the next 6-7 miles before getting onto the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) and the first singletrack of the day.  Andrew and I once again exchanged places a few times and was always pretty close to each other going into the Point Bravo aid station at around mile 40.  I was really enjoying the singletrack during this section, and still focusing on fueling, hydrating, and staying relaxed.  Andrew seemed to be climbing much better than me at this point, but then I could gain a little on downhills or any gradual sections.At Point Bravo I got word that I was just behind Andrew and 8 minutes down on Kilgore.  It didn’t seem like he had been gaining on us a while now, which made me think that carnage was setting in.  I was just hoping I wasn’t carnage as well.  Climbing out of Point Bravo, I feel that the course drastically became harder and that the real race began.  A look at the elevation profile shows the steepness and frequency in the climbs after mile 40, with all of it being higher in elevation than the first half of the course.Climbing out of Point Bravo at 40 miles I began feeling that uncomfortable lactic acid feeling creep into my legs.  Andrew was climbing better than me and now I was feeling the hurt on the climbs.  Most of the climbs required power hiking from all runners, and I was just trying to make sure Andrew wasn’t power hiking faster or running sections that I couldn’t. My mental focus began to think less about “racing” and more about how to take care of myself and persevere.Although I was heavy going uphill, my legs were somehow still fresh.  I was propelling forward with strength over downed logs, shifting well between rocks and roots.  About a mile before Fish Gap aid station at mile 48 I caught a glimpse of Kilgore ahead on the trail.  He was noticeably haggered, staggering up the 20-25% grade mountain.  I gained on him quickly as I was running and gave him some encouragement as I passed.  He barely uttered a sound.  I glanced back a bit later when I was further up the hill after hearing a voice and he had called someone on the phone.  His day was done and I was in 2nd place.Although I was encouraged to move into 2nd place, I learned at the Fish Gap aid station that Andrew had put about 12 minutes on me in the 8 miles from Point Bravo and was now 13 minutes ahead!  I thought it was incredible that he must have ran the toughest part of the course to this point so strongly.  From Fish Gap to Mulky Gap just 2 miles away where my crew would be waiting, I set my sights on what was ahead.  Since getting onto the Duncan Ridge Trail (DRT) some 3-4 miles earlier from the BMT, it was noticeable that the DRT was much more rugged and “wild.”  I knew there was still even more rugged and steep hills ahead, especially going up Coosa.DSC_0151At the Mulky aid station my crew was waiting and so was RunBum, the RD.  I was told that Andrew was now 15 minutes up on me, and I didn’t wait long before heading out.  I heard RunBum make some comment about me being a “flatlander” as I headed out for the trail.  Being known as a flatlander running 2nd place in a mountainous 68 miler was fine by me at this point in the race 🙂I ran out of Mulky hard with the intention of trying to gain ground on Andrew in the 4.5 miles to White Oak Stomp aid station.  Now that there was about 13 miles left in the race, being down 15 minutes to first place, if I couldn’t make up distance now, there would be no chance unless Andrew really hit the wall.  This would still have required over a minute per mile faster in order to catch him.  So I put my head down and just sort of got over the dead leg feeling as I climbed more hills than I had since getting on the singeltrack 20 miles earlier.  I felt confident that no one else was gaining on me, but was warned by RunBum that some guys might be coming strong.  Running into White Oak Stomp the guy at the aid station told me I was 5 minutes behind Andrew – BUT the lady with the clipboard quickly corrected him and said I was still 15 minutes back!  No time lost to him in this section, but also no progress in cutting into his lead.Now there were 9 more miles to the finish, with the hardest climb up and over Coosa Bald, and the highest point on the course at 4200+ feet.  After Coosa, there is a quad-crushing 2200′ descent in just 4 miles.  The climb up Coosa was about a mile in 19 minutes – I was pretty happy with this.  On the way back down I started to feel that ache in my quads but I was so close to the finish now that I just let go and ran hard.  I still stayed pretty slow on the descent because of some technical sections but for the most part I was happy to have the legs to run down decently.DSC_0196At the bottom of the long descent was the last aid station at Wolf Creek, mile 60 with about 3.5 miles to the end.  I was still about 15 minutes behind Andrew and I gave up hope on catching 1st place.  I was happy with 2nd place at this point, but still wanted to run the last 3.5 miles strong in case someone was coming from behind.  With still an 800′ climb over the next 1.5 miles I set small goals of running hard for 2 minutes and then walking for a minute.  After doing that a couple time I realized my legs were fine enough to just slow it down and keep a steady pace all the way to the finish.  Running into Vogel State Park was a nice feeling, as the finish of every ultra is, to see the hard work be rewarded with the finish line.  Andrew had finished approximately 20 minutes prior to me, with over an hour off of the old course record, and I was 2nd place in 10:47:00.last_img read more