For the third time in as many years, I ran as part of a team in the Klondike Road Relay two weekends ago. Unlike the first two years, however, this time I managed to convince 9 friends to not only join me in this endeavour, but also to do so in an rv. So, for the first time, I actually saw every leg of the race, all 180km of the damn thing. Actually, that isn’t quite true since I napped through the vast majority of Carrie’s leg 5 in order to catch a few zzzzz’s.
Anyhow, the rv thing was a lot of fun. It provided a nice space for the group to hang out while supporting our runners. But, since everyone took a bit of time to sleep when s/he could, we were a mellower vehicle travelling the highway. It was hard to resist the pull of your very own warm, comfy bed only a couple of hours away. Not everyone stayed for all 10 legs and I don’t blame anyone. It’s exhausting being in a vehicle for that much time and beer just doesn’t taste that great at 7am. At least, not to me! I don’t know how the Alaksan teams do it, but they bring one heck of a party to the highway. I loved each and every rv hooked up to a sound system that blasted music as it drove by. I wish I had managed to get a photo of the appropriately named Juneau team “In it for the Party” since their van was covered in plastic martini glasses and Christmas lights. Awesome. They finished in a time close to ours too, so I totally missed the opportunity.
I ran leg 4 and it was painful, as I had predicted. At least now that I have run several half-marathons I know what to expect. And I knew I had not run enough long distances to make this particular 21km pleasant. Nevertheless, it was still strangely wonderful to be running along in the dark (and it was very, very dark) dressed in my space-themed costume and feeling refreshed by a light rain. My legs were sore by kilometre 15, but somehow you just keep going. I had a slow time (2:23) which placed me 106th out of 119 people for that leg. Our team finished 97th/119 in 18 hours and 39 minutes. Just to give you an idea of how not competitive we were, the Skinny Ravens (a team from Anchorage that wins every year) completed the race in a mere 11 hours, 29 minutes. Overall I had, as I always do, a great time.
Me, before the start of leg 4
Lisa on leg 7