We did it! 1st to start, last to finish but no creative finish needed!
Thursday morning I picked the lovely Cathryn up at the airport and we headed to Fort Collins for a day of shopping before heading to the team dinner. The team dinner was the first time many of us met. I struck gold with this relay team! Everyone was super nice and excited to run. Fun side story- one of my van mates was also a fellow CSU Edwards Hall resident where I resided freshman year of college. We each thought the other looked familiar and finally figured it out. She ended up becoming friends a few years later with Stacey, my friend from high school...and we all ended up running the Wild West Relay together. Small world situation happening here.
We had a lovely 5 a.m. start time on Friday since we were on the moderate speed side which worked out well since we needed most of that time. I think about 9 teams started at 5a.m. We checked in and got started without a hitch. This relay is well organized and the volunteers are amazing. I would recommend this relay to anyone who enjoys mountain scenery and running without actually being able to breathe due to altitude.
|Best team name ever!|
|Ian started the team off strong with Leg 1.|
|Stacey and I killing our first exchange.|
|Cathryn waiting to get going as I plod on in (so I think I may need to work on my elbows/ arm form).|
|Stacey and I (perfectly photogenic as usual) relieved to be done with our first legs.|
|Leslie and Matt stretching it out before Leslie dominates the 6th leg|
|Amazing van 2! Melissa, Matt, Sara, Jill, Ben and Jenna. Van 2 was amazing in supporting us on our legs. My favorite times of the relay were when both vans were together.|
|Ben tagging Sara in.|
|Van 1 refueling: Leslie, Myself, Kara, Cathryn, Ian and Stacey|
After refueling and resting we were off on our respective second legs. Ian and Kara were the runners that got our "asses over the pass"
|Just in case you were wondering why all photos on facebook, instagram and now here talk about getting asses over passes- Wild West Relay requirement.|
|Kara just cruising over a 10,000 foot pass|
Everyone in general ended up running a bit faster than expected. Ian was kind enough to put an estimated exchange time sheet together so we could keep tabs on how the relay was going. The downside of this running a bit faster was that when Van 1 was trying to catch some ZZZ's during the middle of the night Van 2 came roaring in earlier than expected.....