Official chip times haven't been posted yet, so right now team Honey Buckets and Badgers is showing 55th overall...unfortunately that is based on their original 2pm start time off the mountain! Or, maybe fortunately! If a team finishes faster than 2.5 hours off their anticipated finish time will be DQ'd.
So,my own personal Hood to Coast adventure - from the non running side of things!
Friday started off with work...doesn't my life always seem to end up revolving around work? I wasn't able to take the day off, as the co-worker I back up was off. I had hoped to leave the office at noon...and as everyone in the office knows, that means 1pm in Robin time! I actually DID walk out the door at exactly 1pm!
CBaileyC and GayeMC met me at St Vincent's Hospital on Hwy 26. We knew that any cars left there would be safe and no likely hood of being towed. I'd offered to drive, I always offer to drive any chance I get. I find it relaxing and fun.
We got to Seaside in good time, checked into the Motel with no problems. Changed clothes and headed to the beach!
On Friday, all the action is on Mt Hood, and in Portland. At the beach the finish area is set up and ready, but it is pretty much a ghost town of tents!
Obviously I took lots of pictures of the Nike Pavillion, for Mr. Nike who always works Hood to Coast weekend for his co-workers who run the relay.
And above doesn't show well, but it's the Adidas pavillion, which had nothing but a stack of tables when we went past (and is about 1/16th the size of the Nike set up)
After snooping around a bit, we headed out for a nice walk up the beach.
Lots of kites in the air, and we came across this little guy waiting for his mom to come back and collect him.
After dinner at the Pig n' Pancake, where I ate WAY too much, we went back to the motel where I changed into running gear and retraced our steps, only this time at a trot. The run was hard on the way out, but fantastic coming back...I'm blaming it on the wind, not me!
I stopped and snapped more pictures at the Nike Pav,; this year's sand sculpture was complete. (they were still working on it when we went through before)
Then called Mr. Nike and chatted as I walked the last 1/4 mile back to the motel.
The next morning we were up bright and early, breakfast and then down to the beach for volunteer check in. Team Toyo had already finished. They won with a 5:10:38mm average pace. Amazing! We requested we all be placed doing the same job, and were sent off to work with the finish area photographers. Gaye and Candy worked together, and I worked with a mom volunteer for one of the High School Challenge teams. I had a blast! The photographer we worked with was terrific, and for the most part the teams that came in were in great moods. My job was the check the team in, make sure they had their medals on, and one member with the team number still on, then send them over to the backdrop for their team photos. We worked until just before 2pm, and were able to meet up with my son and his team just as their final runner was coming in. We even got to be included in the team photo!
Unfortunately I didn't get any photos with all the runners, or the throngs of people who were there on Saturday.
After the photo shoot, we visited with the team a bit, and agreed to take their final runner back to Portland with us so he could spend some time with his family before flying back out to California. We got a bite of lunch, and then were back on the road home. It was a much quieter trip home than it was heading down, I think we were all tired!