The 2006 Tevis Ride was held Saturday. I again volunteered to provide radio communications at the Last Chance checkpoint. It gave me a chance to watch the veterinarians evaluate the health of the horses before they continued on to the next checkpoint. The weather was great this year. Luckily it was not scheduled for last week when temperatures were as high as 115 degrees F. Of course the bees and the mosquitos were not appreciated.
We had two riders who fell this year. One was near Cougar Rock. One of the riders was able to continue on her horse and the other was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Hospital.
"Everyone from the Western States Endurance Run board to the "behind-the-scenes" race managers are all volunteers. Dozens of captains and medical captains work at checkpoints and aid stations. Ham radio volunteers keep the lines of communication open. Sweep Riders of the Sierra (S.O.S.) work on horseback and safety patrols work on foot to administer first aid between medical stations. There are also enough physicians and nurses to staff a small hospital at medical stations. "