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Reach the Beach Relay 2007



Google One's 200 (plus 12 or so more because of construction?) mile journey from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire to Hampton Beach in the 2007 Reach the Beach Relay



Updated: 2015-09-16T12:51:10.018-07:00

 



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More race pictures

2007-09-17T12:04:04.716-07:00

I've loaded all of my pictures from the race here: http://picasaweb.google.com/eddie.higgins/ReachTheBeach2007



Chris's Recap

2007-09-17T12:51:23.340-07:00

Friday: 3:05pm: Bons just started, kicking off our 206 mile journey. I am in Van #2 and our first rotation isn’t for another 4 hours or so. The van is stocked with food, we have good tunes on the iPod, the sun is shining, and we’re as peppy as a high school cheerleading squad on speed. We don’t dwell on the fact that in about 12 hours, we’ll all be cold, wet, and delirious from physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation. 5:04pm: Eddie from Van #1 is in the middle of his leg, which has a tortuous 1400-foot climb over 7.7 miles. We pull over on the highway to give him some badly-needed encouragement. “Way to go, you look great!” we yell at Eddie, who looks anything but great lumbering up the steep incline. He is leaning forward at a 45 degree angle just to offset the slope of the hill, he’s sweating like he just climbed out of a sauna, and he is wearing the facial expression of someone passing a kidney stone. “Go Eddie! Keep rolling,” we cheer, while thinking to ourselves, “you poor man.” I wonder how Eddie has wronged Tom to have been assigned this leg. 6:21pm: We are at the first van exchange, where Van #1 will finish and get a chance to rest. Although we were in the last starting flight, we’ve already begun to catch up to many of the teams that started before us. Each team we pass on is counted as “road kill”. There are a hundred or so vans waiting for their teams at the exchange zone. Almost all of them are identical white 12 passenger rental vans decorated with paint, lights, and props to varying degrees. A team of OB/GYNs has secured a plastic skeleton, strategically posed, spread eagle on the hood of their van. “Naughty Nurses On Board” is written in white paint on their side window. All around are runners jogging back and forth, sitting in lawn chairs, listening to music, and carrying rolls of toilet paper to and from the row of porta-potties. There are people of all ages and fitness levels, all with a mutual respect for each other for participating in the shared brand of masochism that is distance running. Looking around, it strikes me that runners are beautiful creatures who come in all shapes and sizes. The fast ones just happen to come in leaner, sexier shapes and sizes. 7:17pm: It’s beginning to get dark as I begin my first leg. In order to run the shortest distance possible, I cut the tangents on the winding highway, running on the left shoulder when the road bends left and crossing two lanes of traffic when it turns right. In the dark, this is like asking for Untimely Death By Speeding 18-Wheeler. The first 4 miles fly by and I feel great, passing several teams. Mile 5 starts to hurt and by Mile 6 I’m breathing like an asthmatic Darth Vader. I finish strong and hand off to Ben. 10:31pm: Our van has completed our first rotation. Everyone ran tough. Ben hammered his leg, Cate and Kim powered through some tough hills, Ty flew, and Jeanne ran a solid leg despite having a blister on the inside of her foot the size of a quarter. We drive to the next exchange zone, where our next challenge will be trying to sleep. Saturday 2:00am: I am failing miserably at trying to sleep. It’s partly because I know I have to run again in an hour and partly because I’m hungrier than a Somalian refuge, but mostly because it's virtually impossible to get comfortable when you're in a van with six other people and wearing wet running clothes. The van exchange is in a school parking lot, and I had planned on wrapping myself in a blanket and getting an hour or two of sleep in the grass. I did not plan on being forced back in the van by the rain and attempting to sleep sitting upright using a roll of paper towels as a pillow. 2:50am: We get a report from Van #1 to watch out for “a sketchy guy in a sedan” lingering on the road. 3:11am: Living in California for the past year has made me forget the existence of so[...]



Final stats and results

2007-09-16T08:24:00.705-07:00

Google One runner stats (viewable as a Google Spreadsheet):
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p0aiup3v06ZkQV84U7jVjHw

Official overall race results:
http://www.rtbrelay.com/RTB2007_Final_Results.htm



On our way to boston

2007-09-16T07:57:00.950-07:00

Recapping the first 24 hours took a bunch of posts. I'm going to try
to recap the last 18 in one...
  • We were sixth overall, the top corporate and corporate mixed team.
  • The hotel gave us soap and deodorant but no shampoo
  • We won fuel belts
  • Irish coffee is magical.
  • Eddie can sing
  • Don't challenge Jeanne to a dance-off
  • Stay away from girl fights at dance clubs
  • Playgrounds are dangerous at night, not because of criminals but because of potential misuse of swingsets
  • Heineken keg cans are great for keg stands butshould not be allowed in hotel rooms after bedtime.
  • Waking up at 7:30 is pretty painful, but heading home / away from Hampton is great.



Sunglasses at night...

2007-09-15T18:22:37.487-07:00

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We've finished!

2007-09-15T11:54:15.952-07:00

Unofficial time: 2:31



Approaching the finish...

2007-09-15T10:06:55.605-07:00

I'm done running, Jeanne is almost done with her leg, rapidly approaching the finish. Not much longer.

Speaking for myself, it feels really good to be done.

Chris passed Google 3 on his last leg.
- Ben



We can't find van 2!

2007-09-16T08:06:46.615-07:00

We're at the exchange and erin should be coming in soon, but we can't find or raise van 2...will keep updating as we search...

Update: This was a joke; we were trying to freak out Tom -- we actually found the van with no trouble at all.



Van 1 stats update

2007-09-16T07:55:01.643-07:00

Name, miles, start clock time

Leg 2
Bons 3.8, 10:31:48
Nathan 7.7, 10:56:02
Eddie 8.2, 11:46:18
Katie 6.4, 12:37:58
Don 7.4, 1:25:00
Erin 4.9, 2:13:59
Handoff to chris at 2:53:04

Leg 3
Bons, 9.1, 7:25:35
Nathan, 8.0, 8:30:35
Eddie, 8.6, 9:26:41
Katie, 4.8, 10:19:26
Don, 4.7, 10:53:31
Erin, 3.4, 11:23:17
Handoff to chris at 11:47:15




Ah, the finish is so close...

2007-09-15T07:51:53.035-07:00

We here in van 1 are about to wrap up and pass off to van 2 one last
time. We're near exeter. Bons finished off his 9.1 beast with no ill
effects -- in fact, he ran another two miles with his buddy and also
eddie a few legs later. Eddie and I made it through our marathon
lengths, putting us near 26 for the day considering warmups. Oh, and
eddie has power to influence the weather -- it started pouring on him
again at the end of his leg. As for me, I'm still mostly dry, and
while my foot almost broke 6 miles into my last leg (it was
throbbing), I found dirt alongside the road which saved me. Next
post: some times.



Steady drizzle, rough road

2007-09-15T02:35:11.866-07:00

Van 2 is still ticking along. The rain is still coming down, more of a drizzle than a downpour. We've lost some more time but still cranking.

Cate is currently flying through her 5.40 miler, leg 22.
- Ben



2 am and rainy

2007-09-14T23:28:57.473-07:00

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And everyone is excited



And more wetness...

2007-09-14T22:59:13.196-07:00

Don got really wet too. I had to switch from slippers to sandals
because of the mud.



When it rains, it pours

2007-09-14T21:47:09.485-07:00

It started with a few sprinkles...and then the skies opened and god,
or some other higher power, poured its wrath out on eddie and katie.

I had quite a pleasant second leg. That is, if complete spacy-ness
and calf cramps are pleasant. But it wasn't too bad after 9.5 the
first time...

Ok, time to find some towels.




We hate Team Army

2007-09-14T20:56:17.170-07:00

They "tagged" our van with Yahoo. Fortunately we have Elita to clean it off.

Van 2 is at the start of our second set of legs. We lost some time in the hilly stretches of our first legs. The Spreadsheet doesn't account correctly for some of those hills.

Time for a little shuteye while we wait for Van 1 to finish their legs.



Stats for van 1 leg 1

2007-09-14T17:48:27.070-07:00

Name, miles, start, finish
Bons: 6.60, 3:05:36, 3:45:11
Nathan: 9.30, 3:45:11, 4:44:32
Eddie: 8.00, 4:44:32, 5:41:45
Katie: 4.50, 5:41:45, 6:08:02
Don: 4.80, 6:08:02, 6:36:08
Erin: 5.80, 6:36:08, 7:17:20

Note: eddie had a huge hill




In the absence of our leader...

2007-09-14T17:45:17.537-07:00

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Leg one is done!

2007-09-16T08:07:55.547-07:00

Well, we had a great van 1 leg 1. No reception, so sorry for the sparse posts. Bons led off quite solidly, and then eddie and I took over for a few hours, me with a 9.5 beast and eddie with a 8 mile and 7 percent grade. Everyone else got to run back down the hill, but did so quite well. We're off to get some grub - after four hours of running, we sadly can't eat much because van 2 is only on for 2.5 hours...



Preparing for the first leg...

2007-09-14T16:41:47.138-07:00

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