Timberline Lodge to Government Camp
After our van was done with our first 6 legs, we went to a van-mate's house for a spaghetti dinner and to get clean. We definitely felt much better after some real food and a shower!
After I finished running, I slept as much as possible in the van. We stopped at St. Helens High School to shower, and then we went to the Exchange 24 sleeping area to sleep for a few hours before I had to start the 3rd round.
Mist to Birkenfeld
Our team finished in 28 hours and 22 minutes! We were so glad to have been able to finish. The finish area had a beer garden, free Powerade and vitaminwater zero, and music playing.
Thoughts about the race itself:
- Overall, I thought that the race was well run, and volunteers did a great job!
- This race helps restore faith in humanity--the kindness and support of random people (spectators, other teams) was really inspiring.
- You can and will see anything and everything.
- The smell of Honey Bucket hand sanitizer is terrible.
- Sleep whenever and wherever you can. Even an hour feels great.
- Exchange 30 is a mad house.
- When you're stuck in a van with 5 other smelly people, it helps to be really laid back. My van-mates were awesome and I was lucky to be in a van with them!
- I won't pack so much stuff next time! Click here for my suggested packing list.
- In some ways, I feel like Hood to Coast was harder than my first marathon! On paper, it doesn't look too bad--three legs totalling 14-20 miles, over 20-30 hours. But lack of sleep, lack of homecooked food, being crammed in a van, and tough legs make this a very challenging experience both mentally and physically.
Has anyone else done Hood to Coast, or some other relay? How was it? :)