In a few hours, I’ll be running in the relay race with 11 other runners and each of us will run three times during the span of approx. 24 hrs so yes, that means we’ll be running into the night and arrive in Santa Cruz. :)
I’ve been training consistently in runs of about 10k and to date, I think I’m in one of my best shapes so I hope I will run good in the relay. :)
The course is divided into 36 segments called “Legs” with 85 turns (44 left, 41 right). Legs vary in length (3-8.9 miles) and difficulty (“Easy” to “Very Hard”). Runners travel 190 miles on shoulders of roads or sidewalks, 4 miles on five bicycle paths (Legs 6, 17, 21, 26), 3 miles through two vineyards (Leg 8), 1 mile across a ranch (Leg 10) and 1 mile through a quarry (Leg 35). Nine legs have ocean views (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 35, 36) and five legs border reservoirs (13, 22, 23, 24, 28). The date of The Relay varies each year to provide moonlight for course lighting.
TRIMBLE NAVIGATION PROVIDED GPS SATELLITE MAPPING
accurate to within a meter to generate maps for 36 legs. From 24 satellites, 32,000 positions were recorded. Progress of the race is monitored using GPS and Amateur Radio APRS.
I’m debating if I should turn on the live moblogging from my Flickr setting. Hmm.