As of the second loop, Rod was in second place behind Paul Hopwood (by just a few minutes). The two ended up passing one another as one left the aid station and the other entered. Rod didn’t spend much time in the aid station, and was back out on the trail pretty fast after “refueling”. I think Rod got some extra encouragement as he came into the aid station and met his crew and a longtime friend (although I’ve forgotten his name, the guy came with his dog named “Squash”). Rod seemed to be in really good spirits and ran out of the aid station strong. I’ll pass your message along if I see him again.