On April 16-17, I am running a 24 hour race as part of an ultra-relay team ("Team Awesome"). This is not a traditional relay because we are all allowed to run as much as we want in 24 hours. We then combine our mileage at the end of the day. The team with the most mileage wins . . . nothing! (because this is for fun and fund-raising.)
The race director, George Nelsen, puts on this 24 hour run as a way to raise money for his local chapter of the American Cancer Society. I like George and his race. I wanted to do something special. With the help of my friends, (and with a lot of help from Jim Plant) we put together a really fantastic team of 11 ultra-runners (Jim Plant, Ray K, Cheryl Lager, Sabrina Moran, Jessi Kennedy, Dave Lettieri, Amy Perris-Schimmel, Frank Lilly, Charles West, Alanna Garrison, and Tom Gabell) plus myself. Some are very talented runners. Cheryl currently holds the women's course record at this very race. Others are maybe not as competitive, but all possess an amazing amount of positive energy and enthusiasm. This is helpful when running all day and night and part of the next day.
I hope that we will work together to set an untouchable new Team Course Record, while setting the bar high and challenging each other as individuals to run hard, fast, and far. I hope this formula makes for some exciting racing. At the end of the day, George will eventually write a Race Report. If he has some good things to say, I hope that maybe more teams and more individuals will be inspired to come out next year, raising even more money for the ACS. We have all been touched by cancer in some way and hope this makes some difference.
If you would like to help now, please consider making a donation to George's ACS Relay for Life page. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY11SA?px=4311901&pg=personal&fr_id=33505
The ACS "Relay for Life" is not the same at the Ultra relay event and will take place on a different day than the 24 hour race, but all the funds go to the same place.
Thank you for your support in any way! Go Team Awesome!