2013 Frostbite Marathon Relay
Pre-Race: At o'dark thirty yesterday morning Spike and I headed over to Holland, MI to meet up with a team of bandits we like to call the "Repeat Offenders"; dressed in our "prison orange" we joined forces at The Curragh, as is tradition, for this year's Frostbite Marathon Relay.
Offender Lineup: Team Captain, "IronDaddy" (3.3± M) started us off, then it was on to "Bandit Smuggler" (2.4± M), "Short Stuff" (3.30± M), "Cheesy" (3.25± M), Red (4.15± M), "The 3rd Jen" (2.7± M), "Cell Splitter" (3.2± M), and Spike to bring us in to the finish once again (3.35± M).
The Race: Things got underway a little after 8am with another unceremonious holler to "GO!" Our "baton" was a pair of fuzzy handcuffs and we lucked out with another ideal winter day of clear skies, little wind, and plenty of snow on the ground to make you feel like you were running in a winter wonderland. As it had the last time we ran this back in 2011, time seemed to fly by as we made our way from exchange to exchange cheering/harassing the other runners and our teammates.
|We strike fear in the hearts of... um... well...|
|Short Stuff and Cheesy did both their legs together. Team work!|
|Heading out with Cell Splitter|
|Cell Splitter sending Spike off with a slap!|
|Swag hoodie, customized bibs IronDaddy made, and our "baton"|
Post Race Thoughts: As in 2011, we had a blast running this! Because all but two of our teammates were true "repeat offenders" to the race, we had logistics down to a science with the only issue being Spike taking that wrong turn. I still wish they'd have something, anything in front of Curragh's that made it clear that you had 'finished,' but I guess that as long as you read the race directions you should know that. I would definitely recommend this relay to anyone that likes a casual race environment and beer at the finish; the race is held annually on the last Sunday of January, teams can be 2, 5, or 8, and the race is not timed for results. (And leg mileage is a best guestimate)
*The bonus mileage was a result of my entire weekend being thrown off track when I totaled my dearly beloved Lola during a snowstorm Friday morning. Thankfully I was/am ok, but the impact had me feeling pretty sore so I thought it best to skip my planned 16 miler on Saturday. By race morning I was feeling much better and my coach and I agreed that if I was feeling ok, I would run extra to be able to still get in a longish run for the week.