This was my first time supporting an event of this kind so everything was new to me but I must say that I really enjoyed it. The people I worked with in supporting the race team were enjoyable to be on the air with and were dedicated to the success of their team. I felt like I fully utilized both my Ham Radios (Mobile and HT) and actually played an integral part in relaying messages for the team.
Here are some notes from the race:
Our team LASD TST finished 185th overall.
Medical - 250 treated, many code Yellow or Red. 20+ helicopter flights many double carries. Three still in hospital, none life threatening.
Temperate - Peak was 115 degrees. 170 degrees on pavement.
Overall winner was LAPD Elite, at 13 hours, 7 minutes for 120 miles. LASD actually finished at 13 hours 4 minutes but got 10 minute penalty for runner replacement.
Most entertaining story for many was actually from our Community Colleges group... One of their runners, instead of carrying the baton, decided to shove his fingers in the open end. By the time he reached the exchange, his fingers at swelled up. They had to cut it off. (the baton, not the fingers
Here are a few pictures I took from the event:
Heading to Baker to have breakfast with the radio support team called the Mojave RATS.
Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Baker with it's signature "Tallest Thermometer in the World."
Setting up the "Follow Van" with Ham radio and other equipment required for the race.
Taken around noon as we head to the Follow-vehicle staging area.
Karl (KF6VOM), in the Volkswagen Toureg, and I acted as rovers for our team of runners who wore number 176.
Lots of Follow-vehicles ready to help their runners to victory.
Rubi is outfitted with identification badges.
Traffic control motorcycles for the race.
Passing near Dumont Dunes seen in the distance.
Karl and I staging ourselves for the start of the race and working out the kinks in our radio communications network.
The runners are fast approaching.
Karl rode in air conditioned comfort while I chose to go with the top down and natural (Green) AC. LOL
One of the first runners.