Sunday, July 15, 2007

R2P RIP





In yet another totally disorganized R2P event team "Crazy Notion to Reach the Ocean" overcame the races total lack of support and leadership to place first overall in the ethical runners category. I've included a few pictures of some of the action that occurred with the van 2 team members.
The first photo is of our "blogger meeting" at the leg 7 transition. We had the good fortune to meet Annette and her teammate Kristina , and get a picture of the blogging R2P runners. From left to right that's me in the hat, Rob, Kristina, Annette, Michelle, and Jenny. The next shot is of the hand off between Jenny's leg 8 and my leg 9. The third photo is an action shot of some really great race support that helped propel Rob well past the "Swiss Team" before this leg was complete. The fourth and last photo is a little eye candy for the women reading this blog. Yes that's Steve the "chick magnet" and runner extraordinaire.
I can only speak for Van 2 but we had a really great time during this relay. Steve was again willing to provide the Yeti for transportation which is a big white Ford Expedition. He also ran three very consistent legs but fooled us with a disguise on his night run. All I'll say about his disguise is that it sure was a starry night out and I must have been blinded by a bright planet or something. I need to commend Steve for being able to hold down his pre-race fried chicken and jo jo's during his first leg. Jenny ran hard, overcoming a recent nasty ankle injury. I think the only thing holding her ankle to her leg was the tape job she had. Her energy, wit, and constant dialogue really helped us along the way. Rob set the tone on the final legs with a primal scream that got everyone motivated to push the envelope and get under the 24 hour mark. This scream was powered by a massive "Mondo Burger". Michelle acted like she was shot out of a cannon and went sub 10 for her entire last leg. Rick ran tough his first two legs and then really cowboy'ed up for the last leg on the sandy beach and got us under 24 hours.
Our team all agreed that this event lacked in every category. I'm sure it takes a great deal of work to put on a relay of this magnitude. I'll guess that the RD took the time to arrange the proper permits, insurance, sponsors, shirts, medals, post race snacks, and post race awards and dinner. What lacked was any semblance of organization with the volunteers and a complete lack of race officials along the course. We awarded ourselves first place in the ethical team category because the rules stated that we needed to delay our run by one hour at the Elma transition between leg 19 and leg 20. Per our understanding teams that started at 9:00 AM like us had a one hour imposed delay. Teams that started at 10:00 AM had a two hour delay, and the really fast teams that started at 11:00 AM had a three hour delay. The delay was imposed to space the finish times out so that the finish did not need to be set up until 8:00 AM on Saturday. Many teams decided that the rule was not written for them and they skipped the delay. Our team chose to abide by the rule and wait. For our honesty, even though we indicated the delay on our time sheet, the official time sheet added the hour we waited to our finish time which changed our overall finishing place. You would have though that they would have had a race official at the transition point for the delays to monitor the team starts but instead they had a teenage kid that was wrapped in a blanket sitting in a chair that had no knowledge of the delay times. I could rant on and on but the bottom line is we had a great time despite the problems.
I'm in the process of trying to organize an "Epic Run" next weekend. tc suggested on a whim that a Tiger Mt. 24 Summits run would be just the thing to help me prepare for Cascade Crest 100. Don't talk crazy talk to a crazy person because it sounded like a good idea to me! That's 64 miles with 21,000 feet of climbing! What could be better? I'll post some more information as the plan comes together.
Thanks to all my team members on Crazy Notion to Reach the Ocean. We did a great job! Patch, George K., George C, Emily C., Margaret B, Brian, Rick, Steve, Michelle, Rob, & Jenny.

18 comments:

Backofpack said...

It was a fun weekend, wasn't it? You didn't mention your stellar mid-run donut eating skills - sign of a true ultra runner. I hope your plan comes together next weekend (I think I hope it...)

robtherunner said...

I don't think your post sounds too mumbo jumboish at all. It was a great relay had by all and the word is being spread about the Epic attempt next weekend. I may be sleeping on the couch for the rest of the summer, but I think it will be worth it.

wendy said...

fantastic pics, and upbeat as always. Luuuv the chick magnet shirt, and you'll have to share details about that amazing skyline that had you soooo distracted. ;-)

Great job, and best wishes with the epic!

Wes said...

Thanks for the explanation of who was in the pic! It's great to put faces with blogs :-) I don't like disorganized races either, but then again, I don't really care when its all over!! Nicely done!!!

Mama said...

I will get a complex if you guys keep trying to get Steve a girlfriend. I would suggest if you want me to let him come out to play with you all, you just knock it off.
We may have to give the T-shirt to Robin or Bob.
Lorri

Annette said...

A good time had by all! :) I have to agree with the lack of organization, but isn't that normal for R2P? I don't think we'd know what to do if things actually went smoothly. :)

It was great to meet you. Obviously, my team couldn't keep up with yours. You guys are speedsters! :)

King Arthur said...

24 summits sounds great. Too bad that's just not a good weekend for me.

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Great explaination of the oragnization, or lack of. You also did not mention the full moon.
Thanks for a great weekend~!
Jenny

Sarah said...

Sounds like you were #1 in the "Had the Most Fun" category too! : )

olga said...

So, how many chicks did Steve REALLY get? I bet you and Rob were salivating the whole 24 hrs. If one of you two ever behaves as nice as Chick Magnet, you may have a glimpse of luck as well. Bummer of race officials and time screw up, I'd be upset too, just of justice. But I bet it didn't bother your fun time before, during and after whatsoever.
Think some more of the Epic thing. It sounds like fun, but is it needed? You may get more tired than prepped. I almost agreed, but had to think logics - yeah, I do that sometimes, when not signing up for 2 100's in a raw:)

Darrell said...

Bummer about the delay snafu. Best that you abided by the rules.

My favorite line of this post is "Don't talk crazy talk to a crazy person." Perfect!

Addy said...

Sounds like a great time! Relay events always seem like so much fun, if not a bit more complicated than just normal racing :) Glad the problems didn't get in the way of an enjoyable experience

scott keeps running said...

Sounds like you all had a great time. Some of the stories from your team's race are already becoming legendary in the blog world. :)

Kristina said...

What a great weekend! I really enjoyed the race!!! It was great to meet you!! Good Luck with the running!!!

shawn said...

Hey Eric, can you compile a list of all the food you guys ate? Jo-jos, donuts, burgers. Geesh. I'm surprised you made it to the finish line ;) Sounds like a really fun time.

Bruce said...

That's rough justice alright. A great time was had by all though it seems. Rob's burger sounds like it was a marathon it itself.

Meghan said...

Eric,

Nice job on the relay! Thanks also for all the pictures!

Meghan
www.running-blogs.com/meghan

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