Bigfoot 200 Sweeping

Tuesday, four days before the race, the email came through that Angel’s Staircase 60K was being cancelled due to wildfires.  I haven’t been doing much racing this year, but this was one I was pretty focused on, so I was pretty disappointed.  Fortunately Richard Kresser came through with an alternative for me: “Want to sweep 35 miles of the Bigfoot 200 course?”  I had run this area (the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument) earlier this year (somehow in February, with our freak weather this year), and had been itching to get back this summer.  So, with an emphatic “yes”, my tough weekend was still on.