So this past weekend my peeps and I ran the R-Scape Relay Race, and can you say, “Super Fun!!!”
The love of my life and I arrived at Mount Ogden Park about 3:30 to start setting up camp and get all checked in. I was thinking that we would be one of the first to arrive, but we weren’t. People had already been there to decorate their homestead and make sure that they were super comfortable for the next 18 hours. I have to tell you that some didn’t go without much. Some had big screens and gaming systems. There were couches and hammocks. Tents with many rooms. You know the people who just go all out.
We had sleeping bags, and a tent. We slept under a ez-ups. Yeah, sounds pretty awesome right?!! I know you are jealous of our sleeping arrangement. I have to tell you that the love of my life and I were super spoiled, because, I think that we were the only ones that remembered to bring pillows in our group. We were actually trying to figure out how we might be able to swipe a pillow from someone’s couch!!
Okay, we are the total opposite of the people who go all out!!!
Okay on to the amazing running part. The trail was amazing!!! My group and I had tried to run the loop before, and had got a little lost along the way. Well as it turned out, the part of the trail we missed in training, was the best freakin’ part!!
The race started just after 6, and it was kicked off by a very motivational movie. Well I’m pretty sure it was motivational, but the glare from the sun prevented me from seeing it. The music was motivational though!!!
I was the third runner, which was a pretty good place to be as you only have one run in the dark once. My first run was at about 8pm and it was pretty uneventful other than the dog that tried to bite my leg off, and the two bikers that wouldn’t get out of my way. The temperature was just about perfect, and you didn’t need light until the very end (which I didn’t have with me, but I survived).
Run two was at about 2am, and I was a little nervous about it. Fifty pounds of fury was runner two and she was nervous too. I had told her that I would run with her if she would run with me. Well, she liked the “me run with her” part, but not the “her run with me” part so much, so she found a pacer to run with us.
Wait, let me just pause for a second and tell you about the trail so you understand why we wanted someone with us. There are sections along the trail that take you to a place that you would not even realize are in Utah. These sections reminded me of the rainforest in Costa Rica where the trees just seem to be giving the trail a huge hug. The air is humid, and you can hear water rushing down the canyons. The birds are chirping and flying from tree to tree. However, the birds in this scene do throw off my rainforest thing as they are not too exotic. It is really amazing still! Oh, and it is really dark in these sections (that is the scary part to us!) Oh, and the sections that you could trip over a rock and fall down the side of the mountain was a little scary too!!! I mean I’m just saying.
Okay so, back to the run…..Fifty pounds of fury recruited a cute little pacer guy to run with us, which I kind of feel bad that he had to run the loop back to back, but he said it was no problem and he could do it. Well it was really nice to have him with me, as he would shine his flashlight on rocks and stumps I might have tripped over. However, when the random lady was standing in the trees it didn’t stop me from screaming at the top of my lungs and spitting out my gum. (Yeah, the gum part surprised me too!!). Nor did it stop me from wanting to push him out of my way when I heard noises in the trees, which I was for sure was a huge Mountain Lion that had been stalking me the entire time just waiting to play a very quick game of tag. (I knew I would lose for sure). Then when the cute little pacer guy had to stop for tummy issues, it didn’t stop me from sprinting the last two and a half miles just to get off the mountain cause I had seen creepies (okay they just might have been adventurous peeps) hiking up earlier to camp up there!!! Don’t be so surprised, I have noted that I am a big wimp many of times!!
Now on to run three. This leg was dreaded just the same as leg three in Ragnar. It is like you are having so much fun, but now you are a little tired from no sleep, and a little sore from running before. However, it didn’t take long before I was smiling and telling myself, I love this sport. Just look at the amazing places you get to see. Look at the amazing things your body can do. Then as I got a little further on the loop I was saying things like, Holy crap how did I even stay on this trail in the dark. Oh my gosh that is a huge drop off. Bah, how did I not get lost in the dark, but I just ran on the wrong trail in the day (Oh cute little pacer guy knew the trail very well). Then quickly my thoughts went to holy crap that is a huge fox standing in front of me. I didn’t know a fox was that big. Do I keep running or will the fox get me? Once I got my crap back together, I was back to, well that’s a big rock, how did you not take me down. Oh, there is the dead squirrel holding a glow stick everyone was talking about. Gross!! Then as I was in the last mile of my last run I came full circle and I was smiling and loving the run. That is just how it goes!!
When I finished my last run, the love of my life asked me, “How do you feel?” I felt great. I saw my brother who was not doing too well. He had tummy issues and his IT Band was starting to hurt. He was our 5th runner and he was getting ready to go into our 17th lap. We didn’t think he would have to run again. We thought we would have run out of time to send him out. Well that was until I went and looked at the chart, which told us how many laps each team had run. While I was there I noticed that we were tied with two other teams to win our category, and we still had time to send him out. I went with a, wait what?!! I didn’t think we would even compete, so not only did I have to go tell my sick brother he had to run again, I also had to tell him, don’t let any of these teams pass you, because we could win!!! No pressure though!!! Well as his time came closer to run he said he didn’t think he could make it. I told him I would do it for him if he needed. When it came down to it, he wanted to finish what he started, and he decided to run. Well, I went with him just in case he needed to bail. To make a long story a little shorter. He fought through it. He was in a ton of pain, and was not loving life, but he made it. He finished his third leg. I think he had a heat stroke by the time he crossed the finish line, but he did it!!! Now, here is the kicker (I love a kicker) about 10 minutes after we crossed the finish line, one of the teams we were tied with had their 6th runner come across the finish line, which gave them 18 laps.
Crap!!!! We were so close to the win and I almost killed my brother trying to do so.
Winning would have been icing on the cake of a super fun running event. However, it was fun to be able to just hang out with a bunch of people who enjoy running. It was fun to meet new people.
The food was awesome. The entertain was great!!
If you love Ragnar Relay, but don’t like the driving, and the worrying about being to the next exchange on time, then this is the event for you.
Or, if you just like being with a bunch of super fun people for about 18 hours, then this is so the event for you!!!
I will so be doing this event next year!!
I am excited to see R-Scape explode, because it will!! I know the homestead/base camp will be even more alive. I know the decorating will go to the next level of awesome. I know my plot will still be the same, but that doesn’t matter, because I know that the people hangin’ out at my homestead is where awesome really goes to the next level!!!