THIS EMAIL HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION. PLEASE READ IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT. WE ESPECIALLY NEED A QUICK RESPONSE TO THE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PREFERENCES FOR RUNNING ASSIGNMENTS SINCE WE WILL DECIDE ON THE INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS AT OUR MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT.
1. Wes Koonts has joined the team. He is a veteran blue liner who will make a great addition as he demonstrated at our training run this AM. Wes replaces Pat Hester, who will be overseas on business the weekend of the relay and had to withdraw.
2. We have reserved two 15-passenger vans with Enterprise using a BRR discount. All in rental cost per van is $314.18 for three days each (Thurs PM through Sun PM).
3. Barden and Terri Cooke, my brother and sister in law, will host a cover dish supper for the team beginning at 5:00 PM Thurs night (9/8) before the race.The supper will be at their house at 605 Blair Street. Please plan to bring a dish and help us with the final preparations for the race.
4. After the dinner, the first six runners (in Van 1) will spend the night in West Jefferson at a house that Lisa Watts has lined up with a friend of hers. We have also reserved a room at the Hampton Inn in West Jefferson so all six with have a bed. West Jefferson is about a 45 minute drive from the race start. The other six runners (in Van 2) will leave early the next morning from Greensboro and meet the first van at the end of the sixth leg (First Transition Zone).
5. Our assigned start time is 7:30 Fri AM (9/9). The runners in the first van will have to arrive 30 minutes before the start time (i.e. by 7:00) to sign us in and to pick up the race bracelet, race numbers for all team members and vehicle sign for both vans.
6. Meals are provided by volunteer organizations at Exchange Zones 18, 24 and 30. The BRR site suggests that we will need to make advance reservations so the volunteer organizations know how many to plan for – I will let you know once I get more definite information about this.
7. We are working on finding a restaurant in Asheville where we can all chill out after the race is over.
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING:
1. We need to divide up the running assignments. Remember that we have to continue running in the same sequence throughout the race, so that the first runner runs Leg Nos. 1, 13, and 25, the second runner Leg Nos. 2, 14 and 26, etc. If you haven’t reviewed the leg descriptions, they can be found on our Blog, along with a summary of the difficulty ratings. For starters, please let me know the following:
- Are there any volunteers for the assignments that include the two “Mountain Goat” legs (Nos. 31 and 33), which will be taken on by the 7th and 9th runners in the sequence? These look forbidding, and they are the hardest climbs, but most runners end up walking at least part of the way.
- Are there any volunteers for the first three positions in the sequence? These are the runners most likely to be pick up a fourth leg if anyone else gets injured during the course of the race and has to drop out.
- Do you have any preference as to which Van you would prefer?
- Do you have any preference for a specific assignment?
Please send your response by Tuesday so we can review them Tues night when we meet at Panera. We will make initial assignments based on responses and that leave it up to each of you whether you want to swap off your assignment with someone else.
2. Every runner in the race is supposed to review the Team Handbook and the Rules for the race. Please do so. They are both posted on our Blog (https://lostsoles2011.wordpress.com/).
3. You should probably start acquiring the items you will need for your individual use. Suggested checklist is as follows (list will be posted later on the Blog):
3 sets of running gear prepacked in gallon ziplock bags and labelled2 pairs of running shoesreflective vestcasual clothes for between runscasual clothes for after racecasual shoestoweljacket/hoodierain geartoiletriescell phone and chargerprescription and OTC medscameramini mag light or similar lightextra batteries for lightmp3 player/iPodwatch/timer/HRMfood/snacks/energy bars/gelscashsleeping bagground cloth and thermo rest if you like (there are indoor and outdoor locations to stretch out for sleep)travel pillowsunscreensun glasseshatwater bottle
4. We will need a group first aid kit for each van. If you have one that might be suitable, please let me know. I will pass along the information to Jerrie Kasick and Robin Lindsay, our medical professionals.
5. Colleen needs a baby sitter for our four children during the race (ages 4-14). Let me know if you have any suggestions and I will pass them along to her.
6. We now have most of the individual pictures and personal info on the Blog, but still lack picture and info from Ian, info from Bobby, and pictures from Wes and Colleen. If you haven’t already, please send to Laura at locooke (at) gmail.com.
7. The BRR has chosen Ashe County Habitat for Humanity as the charitable beneficiary of this year’s race. I know from personal experience how much rural Habitat affiliates need financial help. Their house costs are quite low so your contribution goes a long way. Rural areas (and especially the mountains) also have a huge need for affordable housing. If you can, please consider making out a check to this affiliate and sending it to the BRR at 2385 Big Flats Church Rd., Fleetwood, NC 28626.
We had great attendance this AM for our training run – 8 members of the team altogether. Christina was also running up her favorite volcano in Portland, OR, Laura was doing altitude training in Jackson Hole, WY, Ian was hitting the hills in Asheville (and preparing the town for our arrival) and Mike was putting in his miles as Caswell Beach. He will be climbing Lookout Mountain at Chattanooga on Tues.
Let me know if you have any questions. Will look forward to our meeting Tues PM at Panera and group training next Sat AM at 7:00 at the Blue Line.