Reach the Beach Relay: 11:30 AM – Finish

If you missed my previous Reach the Beach posts, here they are:

Ok, so where did we leave off? Oh, right, Sarah was being chased by a banana.

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Once Sarah finished her leg, Van 1 was completely finished with their part of the relay and Van 2 started their third and final legs.

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My final leg of the relay was killer. It was only 5.85 miles, but check out the elevation:

Holy hill at the end! It was brutal. The super warm, sunny weather didn’t help either, but I survived, and I was greeted by the most enthusiastic cheering section at the end of my leg.

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Apparently, there were some shenanigans going on while I was running!

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Almost there!

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Last push!

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Done! Hooray!

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Monica was up next for her final leg.

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And then Theodora.

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Theodora looked great during her leg.

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It finished on an incline, but she dominated it.

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Elizabeth was next!

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And then Anne!

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Anne’s route was really pretty!

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Once Anne finished, it was down to our final runner: Ashley!

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She cruised through her leg!

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FYI: There are no water stations on the course, so we carried water with us on our runs or our teammates brought us some if we needed it. We also went through a ton of water (24 bottles in just one leg), so be sure to pack tons if you decide to do a relay.

Ashley’s final leg was 7.12 miles, so we snapped a bunch of pics while we waited for her to finish. I mean, isn’t that what bloggers do?

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Photo credit: Jack at pixelwiremedia.com / rtbrelay.com

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With Ashley only a couple of miles from the finish, we drove to meet the rest of our team. Reunited at last!

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We reached the beach!

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Just before Ashley was about to arrive, we gathered together and made an arch with our arms for her to run through and then we all ran with her to the finish line. It was so fun!

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Hooray!!! We did it!

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I’m so proud of our team!

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After our team pic, Van 2 made a beeline for food (and beer). We were starving!

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Boloco for dinner? Yes, please!

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I don’t think I was ever so excited to see a burrito bowl!

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And beer!

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Feed me!

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What an amazing 32 hours! (Our official time was 31:47:24, average pace of 9:30.) It was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life, which might sound dramatic/cheesy, but I honestly mean it. (What? Running 16+ miles, not showering, and sleeping in a van doesn’t sound fun to you?) I’ve always wanted to do an event like this with a group of blog friends, and it was everything I expected and more. New Balance and Reach the Beach went above an beyond in all aspects to make it a truly unforgettable experience.

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A HUGE thank you to New Balance (especially Kristen, Monica, and Nicole), Martin at Reach the Beach, and Team Off Balance! I can’t wait to do another Reach the Beach!

52 Comments

  1. Hi Tina,
    Congrats on RTB!! It is so much fun, I am psyched for the NH edition in September 🙂
    Question for you…what did you use and where did you buy whatever it was that you wrote on the van windows with, and did it wash off well???
    Thanks!
    Jeanne

  2. Hi Tina,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now (which is a vague way of saying I stalk your every move thanks to your super engaging posts), and I just wanted to let you know that not only are your posts entertaining and informative, but also very inspiring. I just completed my first half marathon a few weeks ago, and now, thanks to your Reach the Beach Relay series, I’m pestering friends to do one with me.

    So here’s a big thanks for all of the food, running, health, beer and lifestyle posts. I look forward to reading every day!

    Courtney

  3. I really enjoyed your relay posts Tina! It looks like a great fun time, and some great fun people. I am walking a half marathon in June and the part I’m most looking forward to is that three of my dear friends are walking with me. We all live far apart so it is a great chance for us to spend time and catch up while doing something awesome! Congratulations to you and your team!

  4. I know this is off topic. But last night I made the Mexican Beef Quinoa skillet dish and I used it as the stuffing for stuffed peppers. So good and so filling!

  5. This recap is so awesome to read! I would love to do one of these some day. And my sister in law ran the race with her company (and she’s friends with Patricia) and out of allll the teams, hers came in just before you guys. Too funny. 🙂

  6. Who won the relay? I wonder if people really race it for the prize or just for a fun experience? I am sure the winners were hardcore and wanted nothing to do with Santa or a banana!

    Sounds like you had a blast!

  7. this race looks like so much fun! We have something like this in Chicago and Madison. It’s an overnight relay between the two cities. I’d love to get a bunch of people together to do this one year.

  8. That looks like SUCH an amazing experiance! I watched the video on Sarah’s youtube channel and I was just blown away at how dedicated all you ladies were. It takes some serious strength to do something as intense as that! Way to go.

    Btw I love that banana costume that person was wearing – so adorable!

  9. I saw where the Hood to Coast is on your bucket list. It’s amazing! I’m not a runner but there is a Spark People HTC team and this will be my 3rd year participating. 1st year I was a navagatior in the 1st van. Last year I was a volunteer (any teams with a local runner need to have 3 volunteers) at the start (Mt Hood is amazing in the early hours of the morning). This year I’m a volunteer at the finish in Seaside. I can’t wait. It’s such an amazing relay race. A movie came out last year about it. Have you seen it?

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