Tuesday, June 19, 2012

16 Hour Relay Eve

The van is packed with all of our essentials:  a tarp, a kiddie pool, a bunch of coolers and tons of food.  To the casual observer, it looks like we'll be doing a little camping or some summer tailgating.  

Not exactly, but we will be camped out at the high school track for 16 hours while Rachel and I alternate one hour on/one hour off of running.  All day.

So it's a lot like tailgating but, instead of beer, it's Gatorade.  And instead of lawn games we have foam rollers and ice packs.  And instead of a hangover, we might not be able to walk tomorrow.

Looks like Mama Nature is giving us a little punch in the b-hole with the weather:

DayJun 20

Isolated T-Storms / Wind
Isolated T-Storms / Wind

Probably not exactly the weather I would have ordered for a 16 hour relay on the track, but it could be worse.

The plan is to start slow and get slower.  We don't have a mileage goal; we just want to get through this puppy in one piece, and stay strong for all of the people whose names we are carrying around the track with us.

We'll be running one lap, walking one lap right from the beginning, and we'll try to keep that up as long as possible.

We have a lot of buddies coming out to support us by running with us or doing their own run on the track.  I'm so excited to see everyone and experience what it feels like to run all day.

I am excited, nervous, and so humbled by the outpouring of support and well-wishes people have shared with us in the last two weeks.  The stories people have shared about losing their loved ones to Alzheimer's are just heart-wrenching, and I have come to fear this disease so much more in the last couple of weeks.

If you want to know a bit more about Alzheimer's, please watch this short but powerful video:

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Here's one more way to win a prize from our sweet sponsors:

We will send a prize to the donor (yes, you must make a donation to enter, it's a fundraiser people!)  who guesses closest to the total miles Rachel and I run as a team tomorrow.  Good luck!

Thanks again for all of the support! 

Wish us luck tomorrow, it's going to be a long day!


  1. I vote 250 miles. I will do 20 of those. :)

  2. 60 miles.

    I am so, so excited for you two.

    It might not be a bad idea to break out the beer for the last few hours, though. ;)

  3. I'm really thinking you guys are going to be able to do 80 miles tomorrow!

  4. 72 miles. Can't wait to come and run/walk a few of those with you!

  5. Good luck!!! 77 miles. How exciting!

  6. I guess 74 miles. I will do 4 with you :)

  7. I'm going to be bold and guess 80 miles, can't wait to annoy you two all day long!!

  8. Good luck! I'm not going to guess the mileage, but I'm sure it will be insane. I'm so proud of you! You are a great person.


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