We love this race! We three couples have run it several times and already called dibs on next year's legs... The race started a lot earlier this year as mandated by the highway patrol so I started the first 6-mile leg at 5:30 am in the dark but finished when the sun was coming up over the mountains. Scenery is unbeatable!
Michelle was the next runner and even though it was in the 50's, got a little warm running her 7-miler.
John, the novice, who's always in semi-retirement got a nice 3-miler.
Scott was ready to take over a 5.5 steady uphill leg. The cooler temps helped a lot!
Carl got the next 3 mile uphill leg as we leave the Colorado river and start up the La Sal mountains.
Lauretta had a 2-mile uphill route. Scott was always on the lookout for her.
John started the 2nd set of legs with a nasty 4-mile steep uphill climb. We all decided it was probably the hardest leg of the race. Most people were walking it--including John.
The snow flurries set in as well as the 20-degree temperature drop! Michelle ran her 2 miles uphill leg.
I had a 7-mile (what I thought was downhill) leg but ended up being about 1-1/2 miles downhill and 5-1/2 uphill. Wasn't a very fun leg...
Scott got the best leg of the race (in my opinion)--7.3 of beautiful downhill to get us over the mountains and heading back toward Moab.
Carl was on a mission to pass as many as he could and he totally rocked his 8-mile leg with less than 7-1/2 minute miles.
Lauretta brought us home with the last 5-1/2 miles ending in Swanny Park.
Less than 9-1/2 hours later we crossed the finish line and came in 14th out of 150 teams!!! Pretty good for a bunch of 50-year-olds (i'll be 50 in 2 months!) Love this race--love these people!!!
p.s. We take lots of pictures while we wait for our runners to come in...