Hood to Coast 2011Posted: August 28, 2011
Team 1213 “Quick & Shameless” Van #2
Me and my baby brother
Our first exchange! Van 1’s Maryanne to Van 2’s Johanna…
Emily checking in on Jahanna on her first leg
Exchange: Johanna to Emily
Johanna recovers and beautifies immediately in time to ice Emily!
Emily to Mom
Braedon ices mom in the 96 degree weather…
Hot horrible view of my leg of the Springwater Trail
Braed rocks it… even in the heat! Too fast for my camera to focus, apparently.
Braed runs us into Portland to pass it on to Van 1 again
We ran our second leg in the middle of the night. It was much cooler… and better. But then, for the first time in my experience with H2C, the race organizers really messed up and there was so much congestion that we never got to stop the car to go to sleep. My mom drove us through all of Van #1’s exchanges at the same speed (almost) as our runner in Van 1 because traffic was so bad. I heard one guy say they clocked it as 22 miles in 4 hours of driving. WHAT! So here she is… the woman that never slept… before our 3rd leg.
Less sleep = goofier Kaetlin and Braedon
Johanna finishes her last leg of her first H2C at top speed, flying through the air!
Mom runs her last leg: 8 miles of rolling hills.
If you want your team to take pictures of you…give them your camera. Here I am before my last exchange with Hannah…
My last leg: 8 miles of hills + peeing on the side of the road ( not behind the bushes). Yes, that guy in the yellow saw my butt.
Trying to tell the team I want another bottle of water… Braed takes a pic of my desperate face…
Braed runs his last leg down the hills and through Seaside to the beach…
WON made it to Seaside! What a CRAZY H2C we had this year. My favorite part will always be the way all of the teams support each other on the final legs of the relay. Every team pulls over and offers water, spray bottle sprays, water gun cool-downs, candy, music, and support to all of the runners… not just their own teammates. It makes me so happy. I was telling Braedon that I might prefer races over relays because you get to run with your friends. But when 5/6s of the runners are supporting the other 1/6 who is currently running, you get a crazy loving, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere that you won’t get in a regular road race… ever!