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The United Relay is a unique kind of “race” as it isn’t technically a race, but a relay of three different teams, Red, White, and Blue. Each team began in a different area of the West coast and different dates and started their journey to head east to New York. The Red route took off first beginning in Seattle, White second In San Francisco, and the Blue Route in Santa Monica.
The United Relay of America aims to help raise money for various charities while setting a record for the longest unbroken chains of participants. I personally choose to fundraise for Girl Rising and ran the Stage 156, for the Blue Route. This stage ended up being a Group stage, which meant it was a 5k loop and I would finish and start in the same place. Also, another local runner, Lacy, had signed up to run which was great because I didn’t have to worry about running solo in a new area. A few days before the scheduled run date we received an email with the location, coordinates, and exactly where to meet up.
Apparently Lacy and I weren’t good listeners because we both ignored the coordinates and used the GPS to get to the park location. Whomp. We were in the wrong spot, but quickly met up with Sarah and Joel who were the Team Blue support team. They explained the course that was set out which was a perfect 3.1 and of course I had to get a selfie with the baton.
We were quickly off, I didn’t take pictures because well, the park as a bit crowded and it was right next to Love Field Airport so there was a lot of airplane noise and not the prettiest of places. Joel ran with us, and by with I mean way ahead, and Sarah cycled along side the course to make sure we turned at the proper place and to make sure we needed anything.
I will say the most nerve wrecking part was that participants are required to maintain AT LEAST an eleven minute per mile pace. Granted I have been able to do this a whole three times, I was nervous about doing it again at a new location. But… all is well and I got in at 10:50 per miles avg! WooHoo, major props to Coach Jen for keeping on track.
We finished up and we chatted a bit as they were done for the night about if they sleep, how awesome their British accents were, and just general life questions. Overall Sarah and Joel were amazing and I feel very blessed to be part of this unique experience. Several other BibRave Pro team members took on extra legs for the Blue route, as well as the Red Route. As usual you can check out their reviews below.
However, the work is not done. The Relay is scheduled to end at June 4th in Brooklyn, but there are many more stages to be filled in on each route. Please head over to the United Relay webpage to sign up for a stage near (or not so near) you, or donate to a runner!