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8/11/09 11:15 P

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I am a turtle compared to Trish, but I might be able to pull off elevation without passing out. I live in Kelowna, but I grew up at about 5000 feet and I ski like crazy at 7600 feet up at Big White when I ski patrol during the winter. I would have to do a good test run up at elevation before the snow falls and see, but I don't think elevation would be a problem, so you might be able to count me for a mountain leg. Especially downhill, that just makes my day!

Sorry I have been quiet on the thread for a couple of days. I forgot to turn on my notifications. I will check back later tonight!

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8/11/09 9:59 P

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Hey all! I tried to send each of you an invite, but I am technologically challenged, so if you don't get it, go look for our new team: Hood to Coast 2010!

Join in and let's get training!

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8/11/09 9:37 P

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Kate,

I am OK with the distance, the elevation is the only concern, because that could cause me to slow a tad. I have a running colleague that is running this race this year, so I will give him a buzz and get his take...THANKS for doing this...Makes training for a marathon seem doable now... emoticon

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8/11/09 9:32 P

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Nawwww Nancy, we wouldn't ask you to do the first leg. Trish maybe, just to keep her under control. Or Mike (since he so kinldy offered!). But not you. As it gets closer to next August and we know the exact route, etc. I will check with everyone to find out where they are and if they prefer distance or hills (up and/or down) or whatever they get. In the meantime, it's just a matter of getting ready to run those three legs in less than 31 hours!

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8/11/09 9:26 P

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I won't be able to run the first leg...my elevation where I will be training is only 450 ft. If I do need to run any portion, I was told via the RRCA training class to plan to arrive as close to race time (within 12 hours) so that my body doesn't have to go through all the adaptation which can take as long as 3 weeks.


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8/11/09 9:09 P

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I live at about 1000' and last week I was camping at timothy lake which is 4500' and I had a good 5 mile run and it didn't affect me too much - no worries - Only 1 person will run at 6000' maybe I could train to run that leg - I live only 30 miles from the start of the race. after that first leg the elevation is 4000' and it is mostly downhill from there....
I hope this helps!!

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So Trish, if I understand correctly, you are volunteering for leg #1 - downhill about 2500 feet in 6 miles or so?? emoticon

Seriously, there isn't a lot of elevation to worry about once we get down Mt Hood. From there it is mostly sea level until we get to the Coast Range, and then that's only about 1500 feet up and over, then back to sea level.

No worries about needing to train in Mexico City!


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Hey Nanc, Kelowna is @ 1,500, so the elevation is going to kill me from the onset, but it looks like it gets better quickly - thanks Mike for putting that part in (as I gasp for air...LOL).

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Timberline lodge where the race starts is 6000' - the first 3 legs will be 6000' to 2500' and will be off the mountain and elevation 1500' and keeps going down until we get to portland and elevation is about 300' and then we head to coast and nothing over 1000'. I hope that helps! I do have pics of Mt hood in my photo gallery.



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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
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Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

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8/11/09 8:22 P

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Hey guys,

What's the elevation in your neck of the woods? Am I going to need to worry about this???

Nancy

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8/11/09 8:13 P

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I am up for this challenge and we will need to work together on how to train for a relay.... is it the same as a marathon or I was thinking it's like running 3 10k races 8 hours apart... going to have training to do!!!

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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
Champoeg Park 10K 54:37
Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

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HTC 8/27,28
Best Dam Run 10k 9/25
Victoria Half 10/10


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Yippee!!! Hey Nanc, we get to finally meet after only running together virtually since early 2006:)

I'm so excited for all of us to have a really great time (I'll try to get some speed work done soon, I promise).

Soooo, I was looking at the legs...gonna be interesting to figure out our order if we make it in.

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Me, too Robin! Assuming I will ever run again!

But I will wait until AFTER the P.M. to start training for HTC

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i'll get thinking about my training plan around october 14...10 days to wrap my mind around even MORE running insanity! Woo Hoo!!!
I am SO Excited!!!

I invited SparkGuy to join us too, but he will be book touring next year so it wasn't an option for him.

Hey, all you PNWers, it is RAINING in Vancouver WA!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

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9/28 Best Dam Run 10k
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So cool that nancy is joining us!!!!! Wonderful and this is going to be a blast - I guess we better all get a crackin on the training!!


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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
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Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

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8/11/09 7:12 P

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WOOHOO! TOO COOL!

Hey everybody, Nancy is running Hood to Coast with us next year!

Aren't we all special?! emoticon

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8/11/09 7:02 P

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OK, I talked with the hubby and it looks like I am good to go...count me in!!!

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING! YIPPEE!

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8/11/09 3:32 P

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Nancy, I'm 90% certain it is always the last weekend of August.

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Jackie is in!!! MissJCisRunning.

Woo Hoo!!!
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9/28 Best Dam Run 10k
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8/11/09 2:28 P

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Thanks Kate, That will give me an idea...I just needed to know if it would be at the first, middle, or end of August. Sounds like I might be able to work something out...I will let you all know!

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Nancy,

They do not have race info for 2010 up yet (this year's race is in two weeks, so they are a bit focused on the here and now!) but the actual race days should be August 27 - 28 (Friday and Saturday). I would suggest flying into Portland on the 26th and flying out of Portland on the 29th. UNLESS you want to see the beautiful Pacific Northwest while you are out here.....then stay and enjoy our lovely part of the world!

Sorry I can't be 100% yet, but, well, you know how it goes......

Kate

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Kate,

Can you give me the exact dates? What city would I need to fly into?

THANKS!
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No, no, not at all.....I was going to bring it up in another couple weeks, but you can go ahead and get started on your thinking. For everyone else....we need an awesome team name, team uniforms (hmmm, how about a Spark shirt?), and lavishly decorated vans...

Start thinking! (this is SO not my area of expertise!)

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I just sent of an email to Jackie, keeping my fingers crossed.

Nancy, it would be SO KEWL if you could join us on this one!!! Anyone thinking about our "Spark" team theme yet??? How to decorate the vans, etc??? Am I getting a bit ahead of myself here????

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Hey Kate!! All of the Canadians are Rookie Runners...LOL - Michelle and I were supposed to be running Victoria together last year.

Wow, that is some quick response time Nanc! Hope you can make it happen.

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Nancy we would LOVE to have you join us! Hood to Coast is a ton of fun and I know you would really have a blast. Hope you can make it work, and let me know if you have any quesitons....

Kate

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Hey everyone! Trish just FBed me this challenge...sounds pretty enticing. I need to talk with the hubby and see how that works. Sounds like a BLAST!!!

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Mike - do 'em both! You are fit enough to do a tri, and you would LOVE it! And running HTC will be no big deal at all....

Robin, talk to anyone you know who you think would enjoy HTC. We still have room, and a couple of super-duper experienced runners would be a great addition to our team! Pass anything along to any of your California Dreamers and Coach Nancy that you want, and let me know if there is someone I should contact!

Trish, definitely talk to Michelle. We can be a 50% Canadian and 100% Spark team if that's how it ends up! And I see you are planning on taking it easy next year....three big events in three months!

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That's a great idea Robin, it would be a blast to run with Nancy!! Do you guys want me to try to get Michelle from Vancouver?

Sorry you guys can't make it Bobby, one day my friend - I promise that one day we will run an event together.

Mike, but of course you can!!! I plan on doing this event in August, a sprint tri in September, and a full or 1/2 in October.

Oh what fun!!!

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Bobby,

I am sorry that you and Anne will not be able to join us. But I understand. I'll still hope that some year you two will be able to make it out! IN the meantime, enjoy your runs...

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if you can fill it without us do it. it will be hard for us to commit to something that far out with the way out lives are and it being on the west coast. if it was here i would say yes. we will follow the progress but i don't think you will have a problem filling your roster. sorry...:(

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I talked to my trainer today if she would be interested in HTC and she said 3 people had already asked her to join them next year - she declined but said the reason was she is going to train with a group of 8 or so for a few sprint tri - She wants me to join the group - can I train for both - I think so!!!!

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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
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I wonder if I can talk Jackie into joining us....and Coach Nancy...we ALL need to start working on Nancy!!!
I need to get busy putting together a likely list of California Dreamers to join the team!

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8/3 Race for the Homeless 10k 1:14:02
9/8 Pints to Pasta 10k 1:09:47
9/28 Best Dam Run 10k
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Oops! I missed her. Yep, she's on my "IN" list so that's six at least!

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I think Penny said she was in - runningwild

It would great to have anne and bobby join us!



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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
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Trish - Right now it is five....you, Mike, Robin, Derek, and me. Unless I am missing anyone who hollered "IN" via a different team. That's almost half, and if Bobby and Anne join in, that will be half the team from Rookie Runners!

WOOHOO!

Kate

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It would be FANTASTIC if Anne & Bobby could join us!!

How many of the interested people are from the Rookie Runners?

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Hi Bobby! Glad you are interested! We will need a "final" list of participants about the first of October so that money can be collected and our application sent in on due date. So you have about 7 weeks to think and talk and ask questions. Feel free to ask me anything you want - I may not be the fount of all knowledge, but I usually know where to find the answers! We are excited about putting together a team of Sparkers for 2010 and running this relay. Don't let the time requirement worry you. I run a blazing fast 12:30 mile and I'm not at all worried. I am sure I will be faster in a year, and I am REALLY sure that others on the team will more than make up for any defecits I create!

Let me know if I can do anything to help you make your decision, and looking forward to hearing more from you!

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ok this is something i may be interested in, i think anne may be also. we will have to discuss this more, it sounds like it could be fun. i am not fast but i can move a little. when do you need to know for sure?

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I don't know that even Derek could keep me down for too long by himself...may have to call his wife and kids in on the action. Mike is right though, I am being good right now, and now I have a carrot to stay good for. No surgery, getting better = being able to run the HTC.

Now, if I can only convince my alter ego of that:)

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let me tell you someting about trish - we here in the RR group. we have tried about everything to get Trish to slow down - we have used duct tape, handcuffs, staight jacket, we have even temped with chocolate. Then there is the Naughty Mansion - a story for another time!!!! Poles and all - right trish!!!

I think she behaving herself at least for the last 2 weeks - but we have to keep an eye on her......

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Derek, if necessary, we are going to assign you the "sit on Trish to keep her from doing more damage toher back" duty. We want her well and healthy for next summer (okay, and for her life in general!) and she seems uninclined to sit still for longer than 2 minutes!

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Hahaha, just so you guys know, I roped Derek into doing the 24-hour relay with me twice in the last 3 years.

Mike, we were only playing.... emoticon

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Well you and I DID talk before you left!.....

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It's good to have the boost Trish, but I just read your last 2 weeks of blog. emoticon YOU STAY ON THAT COUCH! emoticon Otherwise you are gonna be lucky to be the driver on the trip. emoticon

In all seriousness, it all sounds like a lot of fun!

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I leave for a week and all heck breaks loose. Kate, I am in - I did sparkmail cassie today and she said she wouldn't be able to be part of the team, but would route us on!!!!!


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Hey Derek!!

You and I can do some training together....perhaps Knox??? LOL, give me a month or so and I will hopefully be ready to rock.

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Don't worry about the speed. It somehow all works out. I am a definite slowski - today my blazing 6 mile time was 1:16:00! We have a year to get up to speed - so to speak - and then we can assign legs based on hills, distance, etc..... It will be fine, I'm not fretting the times.

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I will really have to work on speed to do this as a challenge. I went couch to 26k in about 22 weeks in 2006, but HTC is faaast!

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We'll forgive you your Canuckness - you can't help it! OF COURSE we would love to have you on the team Derek! Welcome and start training! You only have about 390 days to get ready......

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Trish IM's me through my wife tonight to tell me about this thread. Trish seems to always be able to convince me to do relays, but this would be a fast one. I need a goal right now so I am seriously interested if you want another Crazy Canuck (Canadian).

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I need to get out and run the St Johns Bridge soon...but that is the ONLY part of the marathon I want to have a preview of! LOL

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Robin - so glad you are "IN"! Do NOT worry about your time - I am even slower than you. There will be some speed demons on the team to help make up for us slower folks. And there are downhill legs, level legs, uphill legs, short legs, long legs, so we should all even out. Plus there is the adrenaline rush of racing to move us along faster! (think about how you did last Saturday!)

I have you on my "IN" list as a runner for now, 'cause I'm being Miss Positive!

I'll get more info to you in a few weeks as I know more. For now, your main focus is the Portland Marathon (I was just enjoying the Google tour of it a few minutes ago - I want to drive it soon to get the real feel....)

Glad you are in!

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Kate,
One of the other women I run with on Sundays was talking about HTC this past week. I will check with her and the other's in my small "SLOW" group. We are really going to have to work on our speed over the winter/spring to be able to pull it off though...she and I are both running at about 12:30 for our 10+ LSD runs.
I'm in, just not sure if as a runner, voluncheer, or driver yet.

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Kate - I might consider it, though it's unlikely I'll be able to. I wanted to be able to do that Ragnar Relay that's being held here in October. I couldn't get a team though, and it's also about 10 days before the Triathlon I'm hoping to do.

I really don't think I'd be fast enough, though who knows where I'll be by that time. So... I'll keep it in mind.

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Kate,
I think you should send your information post to Nancy...it is a REALLY cool way to get the spark spreading...Sp Nanc, or coach Jen...If you want to send me a Sparkmail, I will make sure the powers that be know about this. I do know a lot of people that would be interested...I'll let you know via sparkmail though ok?

The benefit from having a captain on your team is that I can sparkmail the entire bunch of hooligans. If you want, send me an e-mail that you would like to be sent out to 4,000 of your closest friends, and I will make that happen.

I'm so pumped to be looking forward instead of backward!

Hugs hugs guys:)

Trish

BTW...states are small, I think we were trying to slice up a pie when our provinces were defined...LOL:)

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Thanks Trish! If you know of anyone I should contact personally, please let me know. Same goes for anyone on this team - if you know of someone who might me interested, let me know!

Trish, glad you think there are only "small" states between us....I guess compared to the Canadian provinces, these are little bitty places!

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Hey Kate!

Your topic is now a sticky...let's see how much interest we can drum up for it.

There is only a couple of small states to travel through to get to Oregon. Not a big deal:) Heck, summer is my slow time!! Now I have something solid to shoot for as far as recovery goes.

Now, if we could only get Casssss...you guys will LOVE her:)

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Trish, thanks for the fast and positive response! We are thrilled to have you with us! Beth, let me know if I can answer any questions. And that goes for any of you....

If you are too far to travel to Oregon, by all means, find something similar near you - it is an experience you will never forget!

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I'm in!!

Talked to my hubby about it last night:) C'mon guys, it is going to be a BLAST!!

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Irish - I'd consider doing RTB next year if you need another teammate (and one that's not too fast). I have't done it before but it looks fun (if exhausting!)
West coast is probably too far for me!
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In September I'm doing something similar on the East Coast - it's called Reach the Beach. We go from the mountains of New Hampshire to the Ocean. I wish I'd been able to do H2C while I lived in Seattle, but I hadn't been running long enough. I'm really excited for RTB, it's my first time, but I've heard it's so much fun! Good luck getting a team together!

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Ah, they do something like this near me, too - it's called the Great Midwest Relay. It's 190 miles in 2 days - starts in Madison, WI and ends in Chicago. I didn't do the run, but last year I drove a chase van for some friends between Madison and Milwaukee. Sounds awesome, though. I'd love to do something like this someday - I'll have to keep plugging away at the training! emoticon

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It sounds awesome and usually I'm totally in for that kind of stuff, but unfortunately I have a trial scheduled for then, so I can't! Good luck and keep us up to date on how it goes!

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Oh--I doubt I will be in..but it sounds like an awesome exp...

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sounds like beth is considering a flight!!! holy cow!!! what a neat experience :)

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Sounds awesome from what I quickly read...soemthing to think about...will let you know...

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I know this seems early, but I want folks to have plenty of time to plan. And mid-October is closer than you think! Also, I apologize for the length of this post....

I am forming a team of Spark People to run in the Hood to Coast next August (2010). And I am looking for teammates.

What is Hood to Coast? I guess the simple answer is in the numbers. It is a 197 mile relay race that begins at Mt Hood and ends at Seaside, Oregon. 1000 teams of 8-12 runners (plus support people, but we will get to that in a minute) will compete against each other and themselves to complete the race in 31 hours.

What I am looking for is:

12 runners – willing to run 3 legs of 5 – 7 miles (okay, I guess I only need 11 – I’m in!)
2 van drivers
2 navigators
3 non-running volunteers to staff various locations along the route for shifts of 6 hours (I think, maybe less – it’s NOT the whole time) – HTC requires three volunteers per team unless everyone from the team lives more than 50 miles from the Portland metro area – sorry, I live here, so we need volunteers
2 vans – ideally extended and/or 10 or 12 or 15 passenger vans so that the driver and navigator can sit up front and the 6 runners can stretch out, sleep, change clothes, eat, and have room for all those activities plus a pillow and a lunch box (so to speak), etc.

Economic cost to the runners - $95 race fee; 1/12 van rental fee if needed; 1/12 gas costs; personal food and beverages for 31 hours

Personal toll on runners – well, you are running 3 legs of 3.7 – 7.4 miles each and sleeping in a van for 31 hours – you tell me

Cost to drivers and navigators – personal food and beverage costs for 31 hours

Cost to volunteers – cost of getting to place of volunteerism (chosen on first-come, first-served basis)

Benefit to all – I’ll talk about that later

So how does this work?

Once I have a team of 12 runners and 2 drivers and 2 navigators and 3 volunteers (ideally all Spark People – but if necessary, we can use family and friends, especially for the driver, navigator, and volunteer positions) I will need the registration fees (we can talk about this more in person) and in October there will be a day that applications can be sent in to fill those 1000 spots. This is the dicey part. Those 1000 positions have been filled on the first day for the past 11 years. So there is no guarantee that our SparkTeam will get in. But we can try. And we can assume and hope for the best.

Once we’re in, we start/continue training. The race isn’t until late August of 2010 (this year’s race begins on the 28th), so there is time. (I know I will need to train – in order to be permitted to stay in the race we have to stay close to the finish-in-31-hours requirement. That means averaging 9:30 miles. I ain’t close. Yet.)

Come next summer I will assign legs, vans, etc. All those details can be worked out later. (Any volunteer for the first leg? It’s all downhill!)

Each van provides support for its runners, dropping them off at their starting point, offering encouragement and water along the way, and picking them off and dropping off the next runner until each has run his/her leg. Then find a place to rest until time to meet the other van and start the whole process again.

Van #1 (legs 1-6) starts at Timberline Lodge at HTC-determined time on Friday. Van #2 (legs 7-12) meets up with van #1 and its runners start their first legs. Van #1 finds a resting place until it’s time to meet up with van #2 and go on to their second legs (#13-18). Van #2 heads off to its resting place until it is time to begin their legs (#19-24). Van #1 has legs 25-30 and then heads off to Seaside to rest and wait for van #2 and the finish line. Van #2’s runners complete legs 31-36 and runner #12 finishes the race on Saturday afternoon/early evening (joined by entire team for final run across finish line on the beach in Seaside). Everybody eats, then the heroic van drivers take the exhausted runners to our family and friends (unless you make arrangements to have your family/friends meet you in Seaside and take you home from there).

Drivers and navigators will be provided with maps. I hope that we will even be able to meet up and drive the course a week or two before the race to look for likely resting areas (along with 999 other vans!) and scout out the course in general. The driver and navigators will nap with the runners, and they will also be responsible for getting the vans to the next meet-up point after nap time.

Runners should be prepared to run in any conditions (day or night, hot or cold, paved roads or gravel logging roads, rain or blistering heat). Runners should also be willing to sleep in the van, day or night, hot or cold. Toilet facilities will be port-a-potties – they frown on using trees, shrubbery, etc. and if you are caught using anything other than a designated facility, the team will be penalized or disqualified. The vans will communicate via cell phone when possible, but there are places where there is no cell coverage. Then we just plan ahead and practice being flexible. (Here is my funny HTC story related to this notion: one of my teammates was able to say she had Mary Decker-Slaney as a “roadkill” [person she passed on the road] because Mary ran the #12 position and her team’s van #1 wasn’t waiting for her at the exchange location. The rules say you have to wait for the next runner, no skipping over runners, nobody can run for another and then make it up later, so Mary was forced to stand there and fume. I wouldn’t want to have been the driver of van #1 on THAT team!)

My own experience with HTC was…. It was hard, uncomfortable, cold, hot, frightening, and one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. Running 15-20 miles in 31 hours is hard. Especially when your rest is in a van, and your opportunities to stretch are limited. Sleeping in a van pulled over to the side of the road in broad daylight is tough, but when you are exhausted, you do what you gotta do. Running at 3 a.m. up a gravel logging road all alone is cold and scary. You hope to become roadkill, just so there is another human near you. Running in the sun in the middle of the afternoon is hot beyond words – even for Oregon. You sweat, you drink all of your water, you wonder if you can make it, and you know that your last bit is up a steep hill. The night after the race, once you are back at home, you find you can barely move. Getting up out of bed is almost impossible.

But it was worth it. Running past a church building on your first leg where it seems all the parishioners turned out to cheer you on and the little kids run with you and hand you water – that makes it worth it. Chugging up that gravel road only to come upon a dad and his two kids, bundled up in the bed of their pickup truck, who wake up enough to clap and cheer for you – that is a precious memory I wouldn’t trade for anything. After being roadkill more times than you can count, finally getting your own roadkill on that long hot uphill stretch, while maybe not the kindest of things to do to a fellow runner, that makes it worth it. Grabbing the hands of your teammates – runners, drivers, and navigators - as you cross that finish line in the sand together, knowing that you ran Hood to Coast - the granddaddy of all long-distance relays – that, my friends, is worth all the pain, all the discomfort, all the exhaustion. I promise you, twelve years later you will pull out that finisher’s medal and bib and you will still be proud and amazed at what you accomplished.

You may run other Hood to Coasts after this one. You may run marathons (which are more miles in less time). You may set PR after PR for your 5Ks and 10Ks and Halfs. But nothing, I mean NOTHING, will ever take the place of your first Hood to Coast.

So think it over. Check out the website for this year’s event. http://www.hoodtocoast.com/ Talk to your family and friends and see if they can spare you. Ask me questions. And then let me know you are in.

You’ll love it.

I promise.

Kate

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NEF - No excuses, finish!

You are better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.

Portland Marathon 2009 - 10/4/09 - 6:38 - I DID IT!

Portland Marathon 2010 - 10/10/10 - 7:25 - I DID IT AGAIN!


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