Photos are now available on Flickr! On May 16-17, 2014 in the Cherokee National Forest, David Martin had the opportunity to capture images of some amazing athletes.

And yes, the athletes are amazing — including those who don’t finish. In fact, sometimes it takes a smarter, more experience athlete to pull the plug on a race.

Nathan Holland shared his experience in a two-part blog entry. Lots of little mistakes added up to a big decision to pull out. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of his story.

Nathan said it well:

I want to congratulate everyone who ran the inaugural Thunder Rock 100 both finishers and non-finishers alike! The elements were at their finest these two days and really made it special for those who completed this 100. Even though I wasn’t fortunate enough to finish this year’s Thunder Rock I learned quite a bit from my mistakes and will be sure to log those away in the experience bank for the next race/run.

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