George came out of the swim earlier than expected, after following the ladies on the line, and managed to elude both Kelly and I who were waiting at the chute to take photos. Meanwhile, Mark ran by us and we were able to capture some pics. After waiting for over half an hour, we finally realized that we had missed George. Kelly shed tears of relief that she didn't have to tell anyone he was dead.
The rest of the race went pretty smoothly. George smiled every time he passed us on the bike. And Mark seemed to be smiling, although sometimes it is hard to tell with him. I went down to volunteer in the medical tent around 4pm, but Kelly reported that George felt great on the first loop of the run. On the second loop of the run, his fellow competitors heard him silently chanting, "Tri... endure... succeed!" His mantra seemed to work as he finished in 12:08:04! Kelly saw Mark at the halfway point of the run, and he stopped for a while to stretch and give Kelly a sweaty hug. Despite pretty bad cramps that started at mile 30 of the bike, he still managed to finish in 14:33:39. It must have had something to do with Kelly's famous cheering!
Since I was down at the medical tent gawking at the pros, I got to see both Mark and George cross the finish line. It was incredible. I've included a link to some photos below.
Have a great week,