I don’t know where to begin to explain the best Relay ever! I have learned that relays have nothing to do with the location and everything to do with the people on your team.
On Thursday my friend Rebecca and I headed down to Oregon City. We were staying with Devri and Barry 2 members of our Heathen Brewery team. Devri and I meet a few years ago and when she ran HTC last year I begged to have a spot her team this year.
We got up at 3:40 am for our 6:15 am start. Devri was our first runner. I was number 2 and could not wait to start. There’s not much open at 4 am, but we did manage to find Joe’s Donut shop. The donuts were great, but the coffee not so much.
My first leg was all down hill, right down Mt Hood. It was awesome! I really tried to slow down but it was hard not to just cruise.
We met up with the other van at a school. They were all super nice and welcoming.
After our first legs we went back to the Pieratt home and showered and a great lunch. Then we were off to run our second legs. It was hot and humid now. Most of this leg was along the train tracks in an industrial area in Portland. One of the first buildings I ran past had a thermometer, it was 79 yuck! This was my hardest leg.
We were hearing about how bad the weather was going to get, but we were having a great time and just kept running. At some point we did know that the finish area was moved and there would be no beach party. Bummer, but safety needs to come first.
After our second legs we went to the next major exchange and got some sleep.
When we got up about 3:15, again, it was pouring and was super windy. Devri started her last leg is some pretty bad weather, but by the time she handed off to me I was running in dry 60’s. It rained a bit here and there but nothing bad, until we got to Exchange 30, the last one for our van. It was pouring and the wind was howling. This was also the exchange that we had the worst traffic of the race. Up until this point all the traffic issues that they had last year had been resolved.
Our legs done! We headed to Seaside for food and to wait for Van 2 to finish. It was not raining in Seaside, but it was so windy.
Van 2 finished and we all ran across the finish line together. It was great. I have run 5 relays in the past 3 years and this was one of my favorites. It’s all because of the great, friendly group of people who I had the opportunity to spent 30+ hours with. Running is an individual sport, but on these relays you are part of a team, working together to finish. They made the rain, wind, heat, humidity, and sleep deprivation all worth it. Thank you Heathen Brewery Team hopefully you will let me back again next year.
All pictures are Jamie Hill’s or Devri Pieratt’s Thanks ladies!