Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lake Tahoe Relay Race Pre-Report

Hey, y'all. Haven't posted in a few days as our schedule has been chock full ever since we arrived in Tahoe late Tuesday night after our cross-country road trip. The rest of the team arrived on Wednesday and Thursday, and we ran the race yesterday.

Only time for a quick post now. Here's a photo of us at the finish line, tired and happy. The 72.3 mile race at high altitude, on mountainous terrain and a narrow winding highway (many times with no shoulder), but with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, took us 11 hours and 33 minutes. At least half of the 8.2 - 12.3 mile legs had 1-2+ mile-long hills.

We placed 72nd out of 100 teams, and 21st in the open division (mixed men and women). A fine effort for our first attempt, especially since one of our team members just started running a month ago. Another had never run more than 10 miles before, and he ran a hilly 12.3 mile leg.

More later. It's beautiful here, and we're headed for a boat cruise on the lake, sip cocktails with little paper umbrellas, and rest our tired tootsies.


  1. Smiling faces and medals on necks. Can't ask for more than that. Great job!

  2. I hope you weren't your usual maniacal racer - out to win.

    By your post I surmise you went along for the ride and are enjoying the place and people.

    Carry on.

  3. Fantastic photos! and great, great job! i can't wait to hear the stories!

    you guys ROCK!

  4. Impressive, and that's just based on the short report. Looking forward to the full version once the cocktail party ends.

  5. I see a few familiar faces in there. Look forward to the full report!

  6. Bex, I want to thank you & E for the fantastic hospitality. Also for your efficient and thorough organizing of it. Nice hike to the Alpine Lake and nice happy hour cruise (not to mention the beer tasting surprise party you organized. What a great training idea!). Everyone's run was inspiring--those were some monster hills on both the front nine (poor K) and the back nine (awesome job B). It was a fantastic experience--let's do it again!

  7. Can't wait to read your race far from what I've read on this post and Peter's posts, it sounds like an *amazing* experience.

    I'm all over Tahoe next year :)

  8. My mother-in0law is the race director for the Lake Tahoe Relay & we go out every year to help time legs etc. Glad to hear that you liked the race & did so well!