Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Barkerville Rush Relay

Just for you it's an Ultramarathon of pictures from the Ultramarathon. It was great to see so many Kamloops runner's out there having a good time and running so strong.

Let me introduce you to our team leader and our stage 3 runner: Jim. As you can see from the picture he is a tough leader and ran a very tight ship.

I had to put in the flying hat picture. Here is Chubb and the flying hat. Chubb ran leg 7 for us, it may have been the hardest leg on the course. He had to slog up hill in waist deep snow and muck for us, I think it took him about 45 minutes to the top of the hill and just a little over 15 minutes to run back down. He had the third fastest overall time for leg 7 which was 1:06:42.

Chubb and Darla (Darla is Jim's better half I will post more on Darla in just a minute)

Here is a picutre of Karen and I goofing off the night before the race. Karen was going to a leg of the race for us but ended up out on an injury. She was our support team and cheerleader and was just fun to have as part of our team!

The Hat Trick: Darla, Karen and Penny.

Race Day: The start of the race, pictured here are Nicole (who ran on our team) with Brenda (another amazing Kamloops runner). Nicole ran what may have been one of her strongest runs ever and this right on the heals of completeing her first 1/2 marathon in Vancouver only 2 weeks ago. She had an uphill battle the whole way and I was impressed at how strong she ran it.

Here is a picture of my run. You already saw the only picture of me I have so here is the graph off my GPS. The green line is the elevation, the red line is my heart rate. (Don't worry, it is normal for me to have my heart rate totally erratic for the first mile of any run) As you can see I settle right down and stay consistent once I am warmed up. I had a great run 10.62 miles in 1:44:10. I was totally happy with my run, it was the longest distance I have run in a month or more.

Jim ran leg 3, he had a great run too. I think everyone on our team ran a great race. Jim ran a very challenging leg of the race and he did it in 1:41:35 17K with tons of uphill.

Jim handed off stage 4 to Brian (Karen's husband) Brian is a strong runner, he ran his 17 K in 1:25:18. Remember when you are comparing everyone's times that the terrain was different for each of us. Brian's leg was a slow and steady uphill run. I have some closeup photos of the runners, but I wanted you all to get an idea of beautiful the race course was. (Trust me the race courseq itself is prettier than runner's working their @$$E$$ off)

I love this picture of Darla. She is almost to the top of the biggest hill she had to run (and it was big) I love the determination on he face, she owns this hill.

Darla handed off leg 5 to Penny (Penny is Chubb's better half) Penny underestimated herself and traded for a leg of the race she felt would be easier for her. I don't think she realized what a strong runner she is and in the end she felt she could have done a more difficult leg than she traded for! She ran her leg so well that I am sure she will be looking for a more difficult leg next year.

I have no photos of leg 7 which Chubb ran, it was the only leg of the run that involved trail and he got to run it in blissful privacy. Leg 8 was run by a lovely lady that joined us at the last minute. She is a local to the area and she ran out last leg looking very strong and relaxed. Thank you Deborah!

We went out there to have a great time and just to enjoy the race. We surprised ourselves by taking 3rd place in the Recreational Category, which was just a bonus on top of a great weekend. Our time for the Barkerville Rush Relay 9:59:53 (1ooK)

Look what I found in my luggage when I got home. I sure missed Paul and the kids over the weekend!


Shannon said...

Congratulations on the team taking third place. What's with all the hats?

Kelly O said...

I don't really know what was with all the hats, one of the girls on the team brought them for us to wear for fun. It made for some funny pictures and lots of goofing off.

For any of the Barkerville crew checking my blog for the pictures Shannon is my sister, you may see comments from Wudas (Mom) and APL (Angie PegLeg, my best friend in CA)

Wudas said...

I wish my luggage had such great things in it!