194 miles non-stop from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. Two days of running. 12 runners, 2 van drivers, 2 volunteers per team. 3 legs per runner. 205 teams participating. Fundraising for Organs R Us. The defending champion Team Google runs against Team Facebook. Sounds like fun, right? My running club, San Francisco Front Runners, has been doing this for a while now, and I’ve been wanting to run the Relay, so I decided to run for the team this year. I’m told they have fun every year.
You might have heard of Ragnar Relays, and this is pretty much the same thing as Ragnar, though The Relay San Francisco started back in 1995. No idea when Ragnar started. Has anybody done Ragnar before?
Anyway, the three legs a runner has to cover are somewhere between 12.6 miles and 18.5 miles, so it is not a huge amount of running. The tricky part is, though, a runner has to be ready in eight hours or so, depending on how fast the team is, for the second leg, then the third leg after another eight hours or so. This is definitely going to involve running in the middle of the night with a head lamp and a reflective vest. It will also involve sleeping in a van with five other runners or sleeping outside. I am told showers and toilets are provided at certain exchange stations. So, this is sort of a weekend road trip with a bunch of runners. Still sounds like fun, except that I don’t know these guys super well and that we cannot bring in booze in our vans! What kind of party is that?! So, we’ll see how it rolls. We are meeting this Sunday to get the three legs assigned, which will tell me who will be in my van. I am pretty low-maintenance and drama-free, but my tolerance level for certain types of people may be not too high, especially if I am hungry or I don’t get enough sleep! May 5 & 6. I will let you know how it goes.