Despite a week of dismal rainy weather forecasts, just prior to the race the skies turned blue. Temperature was a comfortable 70 degrees. Winds were light.
The poor weather forecasts no doubt kept race registration low. Only about 150-160 people registered for the BOTB.
Although the BOTB is a serious kayak race for some, others like to have fun and make the race entertaining.
Racers were starting to gather on the water for the mass start. Time for me to put the camera away and race.
End result? Another bit of memorabilia for the book shelves. Another notch in the battle belt. Sore muscles.
Mike Herbert, a three-time Olympian was the first to kayak across the 10 mile race finish line setting a new record time for the race beating the old record by about 4 minutes.