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8/9/09 12:51 P

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I'll ask her. I don't know what team she ran with and not sure if she's doing it again this year or not. Right now she's in to triathlons, OMG!

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8/9/09 9:14 A

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Thanks Gaye. Last night I was sooo tired I couldn't think straight. I've got it all sorted out now. And is there any chance your coworker would become a fellow Sparker and join our team???

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8/9/09 2:40 A

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I have a co-worker that has done the HTC. I can have her give you some information.

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8/9/09 1:57 A

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Yes, there is training info on the HTC website (at least I THINK there is...it's nearly 11 at night, so my memory is shot!)

I'll get back to you soon about the rest of your questions/ideas/suggestions. I promise!

Kate

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8/9/09 1:13 A

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Kate you know I am in and trying to recruit others from the rookie team. Do you need a co-leader to help with all the details. you know I will do what I can. running at at 9:30 pace shouldn't be a problem for me but we will need some training. does the HTC website have any ideas about training for a relay like this - its a little different then training for another race. thanks so much for doing this.

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8/6/09 9:21 P

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Now that's an idea, silly me. I think I will do that.

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8/6/09 9:04 P

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I hadn't heard. I know I am not because it is too close to the Portland Marathon for me. Let's ask...

Oh, you probably ought to start a new thread and ask. Folks won't know to look here!

Kate

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8/6/09 8:21 P

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Kate, do you know if any Sparkers are doing the Race For The Cure in September?

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8/5/09 9:43 P

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My DIL is walking 1/2 marathon's and has had her eye on the HTC. One of my co-workers ran the HTC every year for years, but age has caught up with her, although she looks great. All that hiking and running paid off for her.



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8/5/09 8:31 A

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Cathy - you have been great! Every bit of positive energy that we can get is a good thing. Mike and I met in person several months ago and have gone running together, and are racing together later this month. He is a great guy, and the first person I talked to about HTC. See, great mnds think alike! Keep your thinking cap on, and if you think of anyone else, let me know!

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8/5/09 12:33 A

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I looked a little closer at KK's page and there you are. So I guess you already had this runner in mind too. Wish I could have been more helpful.



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8/5/09 12:19 A

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Kayak kid was the one that came to mind. I left him a comment about the HtoC. You may already be friends with him. If not check his page out. He has accomplished alot this year.




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8/4/09 11:48 P

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Cathy,

I belong to this team and two running teams and posted the same info on each board. I have also personally written to a number of Portland Metro area runners that I know of. If you know of anyone who you think would enjoy HTC, feel free to pass this on to them, or pass their names on to me and I will gladly contact them!

Kate

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8/4/09 11:07 P

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What a great idea. I can't commit to help due to my husbands health, but I am interested in following what you are doing. Have you contacted the runners on this team personally yet?



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8/4/09 8:37 P

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Hahaha Kate, I will be happy if I can do a 10k in a year.

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8/4/09 2:59 P

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HOORAY GAYE!

Are you sure you don't wanna run? You have a year to train....

We would love for you to be part of the team - and navigators are ALWAYS needed!

Kate

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Hi Kate,
I won't run, but I would love to volunteer with fellow Sparkers. I don't have a van, but would navigate or help on the course. Keep me in the loop.
Gaye

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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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