Yesterday I ran the Denver marathon with a relay team. It was interesting to say the least. I had had such a great experience at my first marathon relay in Oklahoma City that I thought it would be fun to do it again. It was fun to hang out with these awesome ladies and run with them, but I learned not all races are created equal.
The Denver marathon was not well organized. They didn't offer shuttle service for the relay runners, so it was a logistical nightmare getting us to our exchange points and then picked up again. A HUGE thanks to Kisti's aunt who took on this enormous job! They also ran out of medals. How does that happen in a race where you know exactly how many people are running?! Fortunately, everyone on my team was able to get a medal before we left town.
Despite all that, we had a great race! Everyone ran the pace they had hoped for (I was even a little faster at under a 10 minute mile...my personal best.), and it was a beautiful day.
The night before the race we went to the Expo and had so much fun scoring freebies! We laughed all night!
Then we headed to the Spaghetti Factory where we laughed and laughed some more and tried to figure out the best route for getting around to the exchange points the next day.
The first leg - Kira!
The second leg - ME!
The third leg - Kisti!
The fourth leg - Pam!
Our awesome team - Between The Lines!
Thanks ladies for a great weekend! And now I am taking a break from racing for the winter. Next up: 5K on St. Patricks Day 2011.