Dualie Out! Team 4Tunate (to have 2 more runners) Bags Another Blue Ridge Relay

Team 4tunate (to have 2 more runners) (Left to Right: Jason, Chris, Jason, Alex, Whitney and Kevin)

Dualie-The Odd Wheeled Van

Our Mascot: Dualie - The Odd-Wheeled Van

Team 4tunate (to have 2 more runners) completes the Blue Ridge Relay (BRR) with all legs intact (or so we hope).  So much to comment on I won’t likely be able to get to it all here but I will hit some of the highlights from my perspective and ask the rest of the team to add theirs as they see fit.  Here’s the bulleted debrief along with more pictures than most care to see here (you can thank me later for not putting this into a PowerPoint presentation):

  • No team should be allowed to rent a van for the race that isn’t a Dualie.  On 2nd thought, I think we prefer to claim it as our official mascot…
  • Running 10 miles up Grandfather Mountain is still a thrill to me.
  • Watching the half-moon rise around 3am while running is near-spiritual.
  • Running in the wee hours of night is exhilarating and at the same time quite peaceful.
  • For a team of 6 runners 24 Gatorades is 6 too many.
  • For a team of 6 runners 40 bananas is 25 too many.
  • Eating during the race is a chore – the right combo of salty and gooey is tough to find.
  • Soaking in random rivers really does help with recovery.
  • The “Stick” (running thing that rolls over your muscles) also helps with recovery.
  • The coolest two words to see while running any leg:  “Exchange Zone”
  • Cold Rice-a-roni is underrated.
  • Next year:  a cup of coffee before each run.
  • Dropping a GU gel in a portable toilet renders it useless.
  • Taking pictures during the night is hard – getting the few night pictures to turn out with reflective gear is even harder.
  • Getting to see the guy who ran the entire 211 miles was cool and a good reminder that setting limits is sometimes as good as setting goals.
  • Enjoying 30+ hours in a van with 5 other runners with roughly 3 hours of sleep each is proof I’ll be back again next year.
  • Although I know they will find a way to do so, I don’t think there is one thing the race organizers can do to make this event any better!

More observations and more pictures to come in the next few days.  Until then, Dualie Out!

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3 Responses

  1. […] related blogs: Jason Sutton, Kevin Davis, Melissa […]

  2. Was awesome to see you all right after such an amazing accomplishment! I’m so proud!

  3. Had an absolutely fantastic time. You guys are amazing, thanks so much for allowing me to participate on the team.

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