Disclaimer: This backblast is not meant to be a complete recount of this past weekends festivities, only YHC’s recollection of the highlights. PAX, please add your memories to the comment section.
Distance: 205.6 miles. # of legs: 36 legs. Time: 28 h 51 min. Memories: Priceless.
Naked Man Moleskin (NMM)
Gunner showing up with converter block with enough USB ports to charge a small army’s portable devices.
Naming of our two Friendly New Vehicles (FNVs). YHC especially like “Mladshiy” (Russian for Junior) for our running SUV.
3For1 spending 30 minutes (slight exageration) picking out a Gatorade at the Rest Area not realizing there were 30 Gatorades in the van.
Stopping at said Rest Area not because anyone needed to, but just because it was there 😉
Realizing a double wide had 10 beds. No one had to share. No one had to sleep on the couch.
Rolling up to the start line in the pitch dark and seeing the Trons (lighted vests) ready to run.
Jacked on adrenaline, putting ourselves almost an hour ahead of pace during the first 8 legs.
Priorities having to switch planes in Chicago.
Priorities making to his first leg with 10 minutes to spare.
Cowboy making it to his first leg with 5 minutes to spare. Running up to the exchange zone to meet Priorities.
CanJam at exchange zone #12.
YHC getting some amazing sleep at the fire department.
PAX receiving a police escort while running.
Taking at 2 hour hiatus at exchange zone #24. This was communicated with the race director. This effectively moved us from being a 6:00 a.m. start team to an 8:00 a.m. start team.
During hiatus, locations to lay down were varied (hammock, van rows, on top of luggage, across captain seats, outside in sleeping bag, etc.).
Restarting race at 1:33 a.m. Left exchange zone #24 behind two teams (race time) and four teams (actual time).
Free Fall taking down his longest leg at 3:00 a.m. Asking for gloves while running. Knowing exactly where they were. It was rather cold.
Screen Door crushing his 10.46 mile leg (the longest leg in the race).
The overly hyped exchange zone #30. They had coffee, assorted snacks, a MICROWAVE (for breakfast burritos), and clean bathrooms. We were a little early for the sausage they were making.
Seeing SpaceMonkey coming into Exchange Zone #32 (end of leg 32) with the overall lead. The race was a head-to-head race between us and one other team at this point.
Spit holding his own against the other team’s fastest runner in leg 33.
Gunner hustling the short and fast 2.2 mile leg 34.
YHC just trying not to give up the lead during leg 35. Sprinting down the back side of the bridge to hand off to BatDoc.
BatDoc, with Screen Door as a companion runner, finishing off the race.
Result: 1st overall with a time of 28 hours and 51 minutes (8:25/mi. pace). 2nd place only four minutes behind (8:26 pace).
FiA Hampton Roads finishing the C70.
Meeting everyone’s family at the post-race party, Moe’s, and more CanJam.
Circle of Trust
Study provided Thursday night at the VRBO by SpaceMonkey.
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