This event was well timed with Steve's recovery from rectal cancer earlier this year. We put together a team named - Team Steve - Get It Caught with your Pants Down. The It being colon/rectal cancer :-)
The event included a 4000 meter swim, 108 mile bike & a 26.6 mile run.
|Team Steve = Shannon, Audrey, Me, Steve, Becky & Ruth|
|Becky swimming into the sunset|
The bike portion was at the Kentucky Horse Park so that meant about a 2 mile transition run. Since Steve wasn't swimming he was our transition runner.
|Steve ready to run to the Horse Park|
|Handoff from Audrey to me|
|Handoff from me to Steve|
|Handoff from Steve to Ruth|
|Handoff Ruth to Shannon|
|Handoff Shannon to Becky|
We split the group into 2 teams of 3 to meet each runner at the various handoffs. Becky, Audrey & Shannon were in the first group. Ruth, Steve & me were in the second group. The run segments varied from 3 miles to 7 miles.
|Shannon finishing her 7 mile leg|
|Ruth finished her 5 miles & I am about to begin my 4 mile leg|
|The view along my run|
|Steve is super excited to run us in to the finish|
|Team Steve at the Finish|
Our finish time for 140.7 miles was 14 hours 32 minutes.
Overall, for a first time event, it was awesome. I really liked how the money raised went to our local cancer center. Most folks have been impacted by cancer so the cause resonates with everyone. The race director knows what he needs to improve for next year & has already communicated his thoughts on what went well & what didn't which I think is pretty awesome. I am hoping next year will be fully contained in the Horse Park. That would be so much easier from a logistics stand point.
The weather was perfect for this race which is actually surprising in hindsight since we have had a crap ton of rain this summer!
|T-shirt & the medal|
|Team Steve - Cancer Survivor Award|
L-R Steve, me & Ruth (also a cancer survivor)