DC Ragnar Relay: Part 2!

After our first leg, we headed to the next major exchange point to get some rest… This exchange point was a creamery/farm in the middle of nowhere.

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You all know how much I like ice cream and I really wanted to get some from here, but I had a 9.2 very hard course ahead of me and I didn’t know how well it would sit.

Van #2 waiting for Van #1 to finish up their second leg. Have I mentioned how awesome our entire team was? 12 very strong and determined runners!

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We chugged along and rocked our second legs…in the pitch black and in the middle of the night. My course was through a state park on a narrow trail…home of coyotes and mountain lions!!! My team was very supportive and stuck with me for the really scary parts. 🙂

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We met up with Van #1 at the next exchange point and we waited for Tim to finish his 10 mile run. Once Tim finished, Clare started Van #1’s third and final leg. This exchange had a photo booth so Liz and I took some sweaty, smelly, exhausted pics.

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I think we all finally got about an hour and a half of sleep. It definitely felt good to shut my eyes and just relax. However, when Iwonka mentioned pancakes and coffee, Tim and I were up and ready for some food. Food never tasted so good.

Van #1 completed their third and final leg and they were ready to relax and wait for Van #2 at the finish line. The last 6 legs had to be shortened to 3 legs due to the government shutdown, so we ran in pairs. It was really fun to run with a teammate on the final stretch.

Iwonka and Phil

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Liz and Ryan

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Me and Tim with the rest of the team crossing the finish line!

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So proud of the Young Guns! We finished 66th out of 315 teams!

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This team knows how to celebrate…noodle beer bong!

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Ragnar shirt, medal, and bib

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I can honestly say that this was such an awesome experience and it was the most fun I have ever had running. I am very fortunate to have made a bunch of new friends and I look forward to hitting the pavement with them again soon. 🙂

Me and Rachel last weekend!

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And me and Rachel sometime in the 80s 🙂

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If you love to run and you are up for an adventure, you must try a Ragnar Relay!

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