i told you there would be casualties.

and not even the ones we expected.


every runner in the field is operating on a margin so thin

that anything can take them down.

the belgian brecht vandamme is gone.

victim of the hills

the uk’s john stocker is gone.

victim of a stomach that went south

and australian ben nicholls is gone.

victim of we do not yet know as he has not yet returned.


big’s backyard can be cruel

it forgives no mistakes

and punishes every mistake.


now there are 42.