SparkPeople Ghost Runners Do Their Share to Support the Hood to Coast Team

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Mike Brennan

Many of you may have read earlier this week Kate Eakman's blog regarding a team of 12 SparkPeople members who have joined together to run the Hood to Coast Relay--a relay beginning at the Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and finishing 197 miles down the road on the shores in the small community of Seaside, Oregon.

While the team will be running the actual course in Oregon, we have been blessed to have a group of supporters who have been given the title 'ghost' runner. These members will be supporting us from all around the globe.

The question now is, what is a ghost runner for the Hood to Coast relay in 2010?

A ghost runner is all about supporting the 2010 Sparkin' Hood to Coast Team as they run their three legs of the relay. We have runners from all over the United States, Canada, Scotland and England who will be running the same legs as their assigned runner.

Having ghost runners partake in the journey was the brainchild of our Co-captain, Kate Eakman. It is the opportunity for our SparkPeople friends to come and join in the spirit of the event without having to leave the comforts of their own community.

This has really turned into a SparkPeople event! Everybody involved in this race are all SparkPeople members. Twelve runners, three volunteers and the two drivers are all a part of the team. Eighteen SparkPeople runners signed up to run as ghost runners.

I asked the members why they wanted to participate as a ghost runner and below are the responses I was given.

Tammy TAMTAM64 didn’t want to miss out on the first all SparkPeople relay event. She is on board to support her friends who are running in the relay. She is Coach Nancy's ghost runner.

Kirsten AKA Goegirl expressed that running this event is her dream race, as did Dana AKA Zircadia who also looks to running this relay someday.

Ray AKA IPA-RAY is also eager to race this event someday, as well.

Becca AKA Rdarling was disappointed that she could not be an actual alternate runner but will be a ghost runner with many other SparkPeople runners.

Anne AKA MIAMIA7 is ghost running because her husband Bobby AKA BOBBYD31 suffered an injury and couldn’t run all three legs. Bobby wanted to do this because he wants to part of all the craziness. What a trooper Anne is to support her husband.

Anne AKA 11SPROUTS is also teaming up with Anne and Bobby and will be ghost running for one runner. She is the proud Mom to eleven children, just enough to make a relay team of her own when they are all grown.

Most of the ghost runners are so supportive and quite active on SparkPeople. Donna AKA DDHEART became a ghost runner because of her admiration of our team Captain Kate. She wanted to do her fair share to support her.

Captain Kate influenced a couple other ghost runners including Mo AKA Healthy4lyfe and Marie AKA Marie625 who both wanted to be part of this event and share in the ups and downs of the HTC team.

Another ghost runner Mary AKA Hillrunner joined us because she wanted to be Jackie's ghost. I would say that we are inspirations to each other and that has helped the ghost runners find their way to be here with us.

Suezette AKA Suezette-414 and Christy AKA Tobearunner are great friends of mine and they are ghost running because they want to be part of this adventure.

John AKA Jopapgh and Donna AKA deej4fitness are two good friends I met on SparkPeople and will be ghost running on the East Coast as the team runs on the West Coast.

Susan AKA RUNSUSANRUN hails from Scotland and is such an inspiration. She is the member who provided ghosts for all the ghost runners to wear during their runs. I do believe that Susan just may be in Oregon in 2011 to be an actual runner.

As one of the co-captains of the Hood to Coast Relay, I am so appreciative of the ghost runners. This is what SparkPeople is all about. I know whenever I have competed in a race or have accomplished something like losing 90 pounds, there were so many SparkPeople members encouraging me every step of the way.

The strong bond of the running SparkTeams is amazing. We had such a tremendous response to the fantastic shirts Kate's son designed that the majority of the ghost runners purchased the 2010 Sparkin Hood to Coast shirts. After all WE ARE A TEAM!

I know that for most of us our journey on SparkPeople has been a life changing event for us. The comments I got from the ghost runners on why they run was very interesting. Many of their comments are exactly how I feel too-- I love running because of the solitude I receive, the friendships I have established, the way I feel after a run and the best part is it keeps me on track in embracing healthy living habits.

Thanks so much to Chris Downie for SparkPeople and making this wonderful adventure possible. We can't wait to share the adventure with more SparkPeople members down the road.

Feel free to cheer on the team and ghost runners as they tackle a race of a lifetime

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RYCGIRL 7/28/2020
Great info Report
Amazing! Report
This is great...………..Thank You. Report
Great. Report
well done Report
This is super! Report
What a great way to show solidarity. Report
congrats everyone!!!! way to go folks!!! Report
Mike~ Great blog. Just read it today, but it is helping me get my fill of HTC news and extending the excitement, experience and revisiting all of the great moments this past weekend. Thanks for organizing it all! Thanks for both you and Kate for putting it all together. YOU ROCK!!! Report
Mike, great article - sorry I am so late reading it....was kinda busy this weekend! ;-)

Our ghosties were awesome. Knowing that someone was out there running WITH you, not trying to turn you into "roadkill" was soooo comforting! Thank you for taking on the daunting task of matching ghosties with runners, and keeping everyone in the loop! You did great Mike! Report
Thanks so much to Mike and Kate for this opportunity to ghost run!

Becoming a Ghost Runner was a very exciting experience for me! I ghost ran for Penny, who I have long admired as a runner.

I really hope to run the actual relay next year! As it stands, I think my husband already has it marked on his calendar for me......

Very Inspiring! Have fun! Report
Go Team Go. Good luck and have a terrific time !! Report
Good luck ! Have an awesome time ! Report
Go Team, good luck, it is a beautiful country to run through. I grew up in Eugene OR.and spent a lot of time in the Mt Hood area skiing, the coast because you just don't grow up in Oregon without spending a lot of time on the coast. I wish I could be there doing this great trek with you. Report
Yes, you all are definitely a TEAM! Way to go team. Wish there was a team like that in my area... Report
Congratulations to all the runners...Coast & Ghost! Way to go!! Report
Can we plan active and creative relay events for spark people in their particular areas? It would be great to meet some fellow spark people and to participate in an event that would cause other people to be interested in joining Spark People! Report
I LOVE this idea! I hope I have the opportunity to at some point to participate in a similar activity. What a great story! Report
I'm so excited for you all ... GO TEAM GO! Report
Mike, when the team reached a dead zone, and we received no updates, the ghosties were a life saver for those of us watching the race unfold. Reading the updates and blogs as the ghosts ran their legs helped immensely as we knew that the real runners were going at about the same rate. I love what you and Kate did with this team.

Yay! for SparkPeople, and Yay! for the two of you. Report
Cool! Blessings to everyone! Report
GO TEAM!!! KILL IT!!! Report
WTG everyone who ran the HTC!! Ghosties YOU ROCK!! Report
GREAT JOB all you coasties and ghosties! I am so proud of all of you! Report
Guess you have to be a runner to appreciate the Event concept. Report
Sparkers ROCK! Report
GO TEAM GO!!!! Report
what a wonderful idea...very creative way to get all of us involved...go SparkPeople!!! Report
So cool and super inspirational! Report
This has been one of the most exciting and heartwarming experiences to be a part of...I ghosted Kate in particular but as I ran and in between my legs with her, I was constantly thinking about the entire team and I find that I have gained many new friends who are all such amazing sparkpeople! Report
I ran as a Ghost to Cary and will be posting my blog in a couple of days after my head recovers from all of the excitement. I had a great time and great runs and wore my Ghost with pride! It was a tearful moment as I finished my last run knowing that the race was coming to an end and Cary & I had completed 3 runs uphill & down in less than 24 hours. Go Sparkin Hood To Coasters! Report
I love this idea! I hope I can join in one day soon! Report
What an awesome team! = )
it was such an honor to be part of this event, thanks mike and kate. to all the coasties i can't say enough about how proud of all of you i am, you did fantastic. hopefully i will get to meet all of you someday! Report
This blog gave me goosebumps! Thanks for sharing this information so we can cheer our sparkpeople teammates and ghost runners on! I am proud to say I live in Oregon and would love to set a goal to participate in the Hood to Coast relay someday!! GO SP GO!! Report
GOOD LUCK!! Report
Impressive! Report
Impressive Report
Wow, would love to do this some day! Report
Power to you all! One of my coworkers is on a team and the training he does for it... You guys are totally awesome! Report
Congratulations to all!!!! I pretended I was a ghost on my run this morning - wore my HTC shirt and all! Every one of you is amazing and such an inspiration!!! Report
I also was honored to be Ghostie #2 for Kate. I had the time of my life ghost running! I just got the text from Kate that the Sparkteam finished!
CONGRATS to all the runners!!!!!!!! Report
How awesome! Good luck to all! You are an inspiration and make me look forward to my run! Report
From one Oregonian to you all my best wishes. While I was not a ghostie I ran 16 miles today with you in spirit. Report
That is so COOL!!! Take about motivating - the fitness waves are rippling out in ever widening circles! Go Team!!! Report
Go Sparkin Hood to Coast team -- we're all rooting for you! Report
Woo Hoo!! Way to Go Sparkers!! Awesome job!! Report
We suppoort you keep it up you are all an inspiration to the rest of us. Report