After a quick hotel shower we went to the finish line. We had our pizza, got our beers (no longer free), and celebrated. I got to chat with my previous team captain and introduce her to the new captain. After some rain and fear of a rain delay we finished!
And now for easy to read bullets:
- I loved the hotel at the midpoint. It made things much nicer and easier.
- At first I wasn’t sure I wanted the same legs, but I’m glad I did. It lessened anxiety. Next time, though, maybe I try a new one?
- My team was a lot of fun.
- I wasn’t sure how the smaller family vans would work out, but they were fine.
Difficulty: ***– Consider this an average. Leg 1 had a gradual hill, but since it was early on I didn’t mind it. Leg 2 was flat, but dark. Still, nothing too bad. Leg 3 had the mad hills.
Course: ****- I suppose it depends on your legs, but I certainly thought the whole thing was lovely.
Price: *—- good gracious. But I guess a 36 hour cross-state relay requires a bit of planning and cost.
Goody bag/Expo: **— Lots of training and security briefing to be had, but not a lot of other stuff. Nice that they have a safety gear sponsor on site.
Weather: ****- Rain held off until the very end.
Pre-race: ****- Good music, lots of energy. I thought the starting line arch was illuminated before?
Post-race: ***** While it’s not perfect, it’s a really great finish line. Lots of energy, food, and fun. You really want to stick around for a while.
Organization: ****- Have to take off a star for having no course monitor at my last leg. Otherwise, they really have it down.
Would I do it again? I want to make this an annual thing.