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About 6 a.m. Saturday
An hour and a half before the race begins, No. 105 Graham Carter is among the early arrivals to get marked with his race number. Upbeat volunteers called out, “Step right up, bodies marked, we do calligraphy, four years’ experience. Step up and take your clothes off.” The air smelled of marker ink. Racers were nervous; many still would be racing when the sun set that day.

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