The Bear 100 was the first 100-miler I attempted back in 2004. It was a small event that year with 51 starters. At mile 87 after 30 hours of running/hiking, I found myself in last place with very little energy left. I asked my pacing friend to flag down an ATV or motorcycle to help get us to the finish. At the finish line, I watched other runners finish their 100-miles. I shook my head and told my family that this race was way over my abilities, that I could never finish it. But in 2010, I was back again to challenge “The Bear” for the 7th time, seeking my 6th finish.