K-Law was the only competitor to log miles on Saturday with 10.5. Then on Sunday, the Scrappers ended the competition with the equivalent of a crippling round-house right that landed squarely on the Highlanders' chin: 22.6 to 6.1.
South Side: 16, Apple Hill: 4
At the beginning of the month, K-Law was still shaking off an achilles issue and Sourdough announced that he we competing under protest. Meanwhile, with both Highlanders feeling great, Coach was gearing up for a 50-mile trail race at month's end and Sattler was setting the stage for a Hartford Marathon appearance. In light of all this, the experts were expecting the Scrappers to get scrapped relatively quickly.
But then the Highlanders ran into injury problems which proved to be insurmountable; Coach early in the month and then J-Dog soonafter. And in retrospect, it was a TKO on Labor Day as Apple Hill managed only one win since that fateful day. In fact, K-Law has announced that he is only requesting two bottles of craft-brewed beer as his award, instead of the agreed-upon six pack since there was only about a week's worth of actual competition.
GMC officials have announced that the Challenge will be suspended in October so that the Highlanders can fully recover from their various physical ailments.
In the meantime, a special GMC medical task force will look into whether it would be advisable to subject two "older" runners (both Highlanders will be Masters runners in November) to the rigors of the Challenge and recommend whether or not the Challenge should be called off permanently. This investigation is prompted by the fact that the physical and psychological stress of the GMCR3 nearly killed off the entire Apple Hill team.