KLM was a success. The fund raiser made more money than it did in the previous year. As far as I know, this has been the trend since the program started. I think in part this has to do with the growing number of Peace Corps volunteers in the country but that's not important. What is important is that the ability for the organization to provide quality education grows. Thank you to all those who donated on my behalf or on anyone's behalf, you have done a good thing.
The race was much like it was last year. The picture I took of the beginning of the race is almost identical to the one I took the year before. The weather was uncooperative. It rained buckets for the ride up the mountain (and for those crazy enough to attempt the ultra marathon). It was then overcast and foggy for most of the day. Also like last year, I decided to walk. I really took my time this year and stopped at each station where water was given to the runners. These stations provide much more than water though. Most of the stuff is probably ignored by the actual runners because eating it would give cramps rather than stamina. I was not in any danger of running so I ate all that was available which included: gummy bears, candy bars, fingerling potatoes with delicious garlic mayo dip, biltong (South African beef jerky) and in one instance beer. Near the end, I wasn't even hungry or thirsty but I still grabbed handfuls of everything I could because it was offered. It was a very leisurely half marathon, so leisurely that the group I was with didn't complete the course in the allotted time and the finish line attendants refused to give us medals. I think one lady in particular really enjoyed withholding any form of congratulations, she seems to have been the wrong choice for that particular job. My feelings were not harmed in any way.
After the race there was a delicious meal along with awards for various fund raising goals. It was an excellent time and a great way to meet the volunteers that have come in after our group. The whole event was pulled off without a hitch and the Murphy's (main organizers) should be proud of their work. I am pretty sure it was the best Longtom event there ever was or ever will be so I am not too sad that this was my last one but in years to come I hope groups try to reach the level of Longtom 2011.