The entire course is a distance of 197 miles. This is not a race for the faint-hearted. The race starts at the Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mount Hood in Oregon through the city of Portland and along the Oregon coast to the beach town of Seaside. It consists of 1000 teams of 12 people, plus 3000 volunteers and additional official staff. It sounds like a lot to fill, but when you consider that all slots are filled within the opening day of registration, and that our team applied three years in a row before we got in, it could be much, much, larger. It really is an amazing race and is put on primarily as an American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Anyway, we had an amazing time. Each team splits up between two vans and take turns running. We would drop one runner off, race ahead to the next exchange point and pick up the previous runner and drop off the new. Of course we would spend time at each exchange point for a bit and had fun on the way to each. Our rental van, the one I was in, gave us a bit of problems during the race. The transmition started going out. We traveled most of the 197 miles in second gear. Good thing we weren't traveling much faster than the runners. Also, it gave us an excellent opportunity to "steal" a car. We borrowed the PB Portland (most of us work for Parsons Brinkerhoff) company Ford Escape, after hours and without letting anyone know, at first. So here is how it went:
First van exchange. I don't believe there was a single space for regular customers at this Fred Meyer.Our team at the Fred Meyer (minus Kevin Sakai, a friend who consults with PB but not a PB employee taking the picture, and Eric Forsyth from the Portland Oregon office) John McMillan, Melissa Stowe (friend from Microsoft), Laura Wojcicki, me, Kelly Kozdras, Mike Colyn, Mari Dougherty (Murry, Utah office) Eric Kelley, and Sunny Rose.
A few of us before the runner before my first run. My first run was at about 9:00 at night and dark, so no pics.
Just after my second run at 6:30 in the morning. It was about 40 degrees. Not my first choice in running temperature.
We got a little bored.