Saturday, August 28, 2004

Will Runs Hood-To-Coast

Will ran the Hood-To-Coast Relay Race this weekend with his team of 12. It is a 197 mile relay race that starts at Mt. Hood and goes all the way to Seaside at the Oregon Coast. It takes two days to run it, and each person is responsible for completing three 6.6-mile stretches (not all at once).

The team is continually running, even though the night.

They have two vans that caravan those on the team who aren't running, and they have several stations along the way where they trade and fuel up.

I didn't get to see Will start the race because I had to work, but I was able to drive out to see him run one of his legs on the first night. And then the next day, being Saturday, I was able to follow him around for each of his last two legs.

Above: Will's entire team pictured in downtown Portland

Above: Will stretching before running one of his legs of the race

Above: The entire team is split up into two groups, and Will's van team were the starters up at Mt. Hood. This is a picture of his "team" at the start.

Above: Will's van team

Above: Tyler, Bryan, and Will "stretching" while waiting for their turn to run -in the middle of the night

Above: Sometimes the only time to sleep is in the van between legs

Above: These guys look really tired (Will and Tyler)
Above: But here they look wide awake and excited to run :)

Above: Will and teammate Jennifer

Above: Finally, the team made it to the coast. Congrats you guys!

After they finished the race, Will got some rest. And then later that evening I had a special night picnic planned for us to celebrate 6 "official" months of dating. We had chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling cidar, with a campfire on the beach. It was a memorable evening.

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