A few weeks ago Bob and I participated in a 200 mile relay race from Cumberland Maryland to Washington DC. A race that, to be honest, neither one of us trained for. We, along with 10 other teammates, embarked on a day and a half long trek of many miles and very limited sleep. Thank God for good company and Kenny Loggins!
The team of 12 were divided into 2 Vans. In van 1 there was Anna, Joe, John, Conor, Yamillet, and Alicia.
I wasn’t in their van but it looks like there were plenty of shenanigans and good laughs!
I was in van 2. Yeah, Van 2 rocks! Go Team Kenny Loggins!!
In Van 2 there was John, Jack, Bob, Jenny, Adam and me.
What a snooty picture of me sleeping. Ha! Funny thing is I don’t remember sleeping. I remember running. My first leg started around 2pm. I ran about 4.5 miles in the heat in what was supposed to be a moderate course. A little hilly for moderate in my opinion. There was only one water station at mile 3, which sucked! I was so dehydrated by the time I got to the water station. Between the hills, heat and farm environment I was a bit parched to say the least. I was stoked to tag Bob at the end of this leg.
Bob took off on his first leg which was 6 miles. It was during this leg that is calf started to hurt. There wasn’t much time for stretching, we had to drive to the next leg to meet Jack at the finish line.
My next leg was at 2 am. This was the run I was most nervous about. I wasn’t sure how I would do running in the middle of the night on unfamiliar roads while sleep deprived. However, it was my best run yet. It was about 6.7 miles on flat farm roads in the dark. A little creepy at times but not bad. Van 2 did a great job of staying close and waiting for me every few miles or so. I was only passed by one runner, a lady who was super fast. I tried to keep her pace for a while, but she created a good distance from me as I watched her little light slowly fade into the dark distance ahead. I was happy with my run, and ended up passing about 17 people. Glad to see Bob at the finish line again.
Bob ran a little over 3 miles and had to walk some of it due to his calf. I was expecting him to be speedy on this leg, because he usually is, but Captain Competitive (Bob) was injured and it sucked.
Jack was up next. He had a nasty run up a dirt path in the middle of what looked to be woods. At this point I had fallen asleep, but I do remember A LOT of Danger Zone being played in the back ground.
John finished the last leg that night. We all tried to get a bit of sleep. We had about 30ish miles to go before the finish line and two of our runners somewhat injured.
Morning came, and what an interesting day that turned out to be. Alicia from Van 1 got lost on her last leg. She ended up running 2 more miles. Her 8 mile run turned into 10. Ragnar could have done a better job with their signs, quite a few runners got lost on that course.
While driving to meet Jenny at the next leg, Van 2 got rear ended by George. Who is George? George is the Dominos Pizza delivery guy who not only doesn’t know how to drive, he also didn’t have a drivers license or insurance. Good job Dominos, way to hire your drivers. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the following events that were to happen.
Bob and I hitched a ride with another van of random runners who were not only strangers, they had a blow up bed in the back of their van. Yep, the only time you are happy to be picked up by a van full of strangers with a bed in the back of their van. Awkward as that was, I must say these were the friendliest bunch of runners I had ever met. Thank you random strangers with the van, wherever you are.
Meanwhile back at the site of the accident, George is begging for the cops not to be involved, and Jack is doing his best to keep his cool. John and Adam are keeping the peace until the cops arrive about 2 hours later.
Jenny slaps the relay bracelet on my hand and as I take off running down a slippery hill, Bob and Jenny hitch a ride with a new van of strangers to the next course. This leg is only 2 miles, but its down slippery hills and a windy course. My legs are tired and it is now wet and cold. I just want to be done and at home in my bed. At this point I get passed by an old lady. Yep, it happened. I wanted to catch her, but I was spent and she was much more focused. I kept her in my sights and was happy just to keep her in my view. When I finished that leg I complemented her on her time and started a conversation about running with her. Turns out her team gave Bob and Jenny a ride to meet me at the finish line. So Jenny and I bummed another ride from her team to meet Bob. What a kind group of runners. They were from Ohio and planned on winning the Master’s division of the race. After being passed by her, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did win.
While Jenny and I waited for Bob to finish his last leg it started to rain. A nasty cold rain! Bob was taking a while to finish this course. I was starting to get worried. At this point Jenny’s lips were blue, my teeth were chattering and we had no idea where the rest of our team was. Jack was up next but he was still back at the scene of the accident dealing with George and the cops. Turns out Bob had to walk, side gallop and run backwards to finish this course. His calf pain was now traveling up to his knee. We finally see Bob slowly running to the finish and then John ended up running for Jack who was also injured. Joe from Van 1, ended up being Johns wingman, and took his place in the last leg to the finish.
Joe running to the finish. Jack finishing with him, even in flip flops 🙂
All in all I am glad I ran this race. I would never do it again, but I really am thankful for the experience and mostly for the really cool people I got to meet doing this race. I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to live in a van with for a day and a half. Funny, competitive, athletic, and sweet are just a few words to describe the Kenny Loggins Team.
Joe was photo shopped^
Bob and I ended the day with pizza from my good friend Kerri, and ice bath, with wine and M&Ms.