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"Well, your lead is up to half an hour," Henderson said to me as the Race Bunny rubbed our sore calves.
"So I can give you 10 minutes a day."
"But you might cramp up and fall down in the rocks of Kaena Point tomorrow."
"And lie there kicking in random jerks," said the Race Bunny, "like a cockroach when you spray him with Raid."
Shultz had run with a vengeance, having been passed by Gorey with six miles to go. "No self-destructive smoker was going to pull that," he said. "I ran behind him for a while and then when he hit the wall, I passed him and beat him by six minutes." Shultz rubbed it in by continuing for a half mile past the finish. Gorey had a Primo and walked into town for some cigarettes. We had begun to consider ourselves a raffish collection, scraggly, bony and unconstrained by a strict sense of propriety. We were now to see what real incivility was.
When Gorey returned from town he passed a knot of local youths in the parking lot. One called out to him that he'd heard that.
"What you called me."
Gorey hadn't said anything. An able bartender, he recognized that the man was drunk and kept walking. The fractious local stumbled after him and took a wild swing. Gorey easily ducked and kept moving. The drunk followed, trailed in turn by half a dozen of his friends. This procession came into our camp, and once there, the intruders went wild, attacking Dave Gutierrez and George Collins perhaps because they are Chicano and black, respectively, and were tent-mates, and this had aroused some racist ire in the observing locals. They couldn't have picked a worse man to fight than Gutierrez, who stunned one of them with a single punch and took two others to the ground.
At length the attackers, shouting that they would return, retreated across the park. Gutierrez had a scraped collarbone, and the nail on his left big toe had been torn away, apparently by a tent peg.