|Jody from van 2 passing the bracelet to Jason. Aren't his socks pretty??|
|Maria heading off for her second run!|
|Waiting for Maria to arrive at exchange 14. Her beloved honey buckets are in the background!|
|Maria is happy to be done- Chris is on his way!|
|Chris passing the bracelet to Mandy- she is ready to go in her night gear!|
|Our fearless driver!|
|My hubby- off like a rocket!|
|There goes Will! Oh ya, and speedo guy- he wore those the entire time, even at the beer garden.|
|Aren't I bright and shiny??|
|Ready to run!|
|The exchange- I borrowed this photo from Mandy because I liked the sky in it!|
Eventually with about 1.5 miles to go I entered the little town of La Conner and there were some cute houses and a little downtown area to run through. There was a bit of nightlife happening- it was afterall 10pm on a Friday night! There were some local folks hanging out on the sidewalks and I got a lot of encouragement from them. What a nice little town! I was about to go around a corner when these 2 guys from another van pointed up above my head and said "look- there is a bat!" and sure enough there was a small bat flying around my head! I told them to get it for me!!! Thankfully the bat did not follow me around the corner! Creepy. At least I didn't scream like a little girl!
After leaving the town area I got a bit lost- the Ragnar sign was confusing to me and there wasn't a soul in sight! I took my best guess and headed up this extremely hilly, windy road in the pitch black night. I ran for about 2 minutes up the hill then started second guessing myself when thankfully a van drove by and yelled "you are almost there!" Thank you van!!! So I just kept going up, up, up the never ending hill and finally arrived in the exchange chute where Cindi was waiting for me and passed the bracelet back to van 2! Then I looked around and it was really dark- all I could see was a huge group of people wearing a bunch of reflective gear- how in the world was I going to find Will and the rest of my van??? Luckily they spotted me and then I started looking at my surroundings- it looked like we were in the forest! I guess it was Pioneer Park in La Conner, WA- but to me it looked like a campground in the woods! Van 1 was officially on break again- and we were hungry for a real meal! My run was 6.6 miles in 1:03 for a pace of 9:28 (that makes a half marathon for me so far, in 2:02!).
|This is a page out of the Ragmag(our guidebook)- it shows my route and written directions. |
And altitude- love that hill at the end!!!
To Be Continued Again!