We had to leave around 7:00 AM on Friday morning, which meant getting up around 5:30 AM. I was still not on West Coast time yet so I was pretty tired when I woke up. We quickly ate breakfast and packed up the 2 SUVs (12 people on a team, 6 in each SUV) so we could drive 2 hours back to Portland and on to Mt. Hood. We stopped at a grocery store about 30 miles from Mt. Hood to stock up on some food and drinks for the race as well to decorate our SUVs. The parking lot of the grocery store was actually the first exchange between van 1 and van 2 of the relay and since some teams had an earlier start time than us, by the time we got there, the race had already started and some teams were already handing off to their second van.
Van 2 decorated & ready to roll
Everyone waiting for their runner to come in Helen doing us proud with toilet paper tucked into her shoes
Ben passing off the "baton" (it was more or less a slap bracelet, remember those?) to Helen for leg #5
It was crazy to think we had just run from Mt. Hood in the background.....and yes, we were literally running along the shoulder of the highway as cars & semis flew by Jay finishing up leg #6, passing the bracelet to Geri, and letting van #1 take a rest for about 5 hours as van #2 took over
Since this was just a brief overview of the race, I'm going to do an official race report in the next few days with my actual legs of the race and more details about the course so stay tuned.