What a great day on the marathon course! We should have the official spectator count tomorrow, but there were huge crowds on the course and around nearly every obstacle. The main water obstacle (#2) had three packed grandstands and people lining all the ropes.

A few views of the day (these are presented in the order the drivers came through the marathon course):

we saw these enthusiastic Dutch fans on our way to the marathon course

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first to go on the marathon: Germany’s Georg von Stein

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driving as an individual for the U.S., Mike McLennan now stands in 21st place overall

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although he finished the dressage phase tied for second place, Chester Weber (USA) has now unfortunately dropped to 13th overall after the marathon

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Australia’s Gavin Robson (who lives in Ohio)

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Koos de Ronde (NED) in the Squirrel Grove obstacle

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Australia’s Boyd Exell (who lives in England) is currently in the lead … he was met at this obstacle with chants of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie … Oi, Oi, Oi”

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an unusual view: Germany’s Ludwig Weinmayr heads straight up the steep incline at the Walnut Hill obstacle

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U.S. driver Bill Long

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Canada’s Darryl Billing taking his team around Isaac Bingham’s widemouth bass

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Tucker Johnson (USA) entering the final obstacle; he is currently in third place overall

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Tucker’s horses in obs. #8; the crowd here cheered mightily for Tucker, and after exiting the obs., he stood up and waved to everyone, which made them all cheer even more

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before the final driver (Chardon) came to the final obstacle, a flotilla of golf carts came streaming down the hill toward us

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Ysbrand Chardon (NED) looked very pleased with his run after he’d exited this final obstacle; he won the marathon phase

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At this point, Boyd Exell (AUS) is in the lead, Ysbrand Chardon (NED) is standing in second place, and Tucker Johnson (USA) is standing in third. Among the teams, the Dutch are in the lead, the U.S. is in second place so far, and the Swedish team is standing in third. You can find full results on www.hoefnet.com.

We’ll finish up with cones tomorrow!