Mile 50: Mike B.
Mike was my first running coach. He was also an active member of the VTRC trail club. When he passed away, we were all in a state of shock. It happened seemingly overnight.
I picked mile 50 because said to me "You are now officially an ultramarathoner" when I completed the JFK 50 miler back in 2008. The irony of him being in my heroes gallery is that he once told me "There are two races I will never do - Barkley and Badwater" Well, guess what, coach. You're going to be RIGHT THERE WITH ME.
Thank you for your guidance and friendship. The world (and especially VHTRC) lost a star that day you passed away.