2011 24hr relay

2011 was our first attempt to compete in the Somerville Road Runners' fantastic event in Wakefield. In the late afternoon we set up tents for shelter from wind, rain, and sun (air, fire, water). The race started in gloom at 7 o'clock and it rained pretty hard from about 9:30 to 11:00. At that point our van was stranded at a convenience store, unable to return to camp with its resupply of junk food. We left it there over night since there was no tow truck in the area that could move the thing. We had originally come with the goal of completing the event - keeping someone on their feet and running at all times for an entire day! In the middle of the night I realized that the placing of the teams had pretty much sorted itself out: there were no changes in the standings for a couple of hourly postings, and we were solidly in second place in the 'mixed' division with the third place team continuing to fall away.. Then in the late morning - after ushering the van on its way back to Somerville on a hook - I noticed that we had gained a little time on the leaders. The temperature was now over ninety and lap times were going up. I thought maybe, being old, that the leaders were starting to wilt in the heat. We were 42 minutes behind but in the next hour trimmed that by about 8 minutes. At this report the idea that we might be able to win went viral among the team and by the middle of the afternoon people were trying to push themselves hard each lap they ran. Because some of our stronger runners had rested earlier in the day, after working pretty hard on the overnight, they were taking turns now and burning up the lead at an uncomfortable pace. It was going to be close. Those guys each got revived by an athletic massage shortly before their last lap of the day and it worked - both of them turned in their fastest laps and left us only a couple of minutes behind. Our problem was that we were now out of runners. We hadn't figured on running farther than this and everyone had already run what they bargained - and planned- for. Somebody had to run another lap, and do it in a decent time. The girls excused themselves on the basis that any boy, however slow, would still be faster than any of them. A compelling argument. But there was a shortage of boys. Several had done their part from the start through early morning and were now at home sleeping or gone to work. Everyone else thought they were done when they finished their last lap, but finally Kevin, an energetic sophomore, volunteered. He says he felt awful, but in the photo he is finishing with a big grin on his face.
In the end we had made up all of the time - except for 45 seconds!     An incredible accomplishment.
PlaceTeam NameDiv PlaceDivLapsDistance-milesTime
1REDMEN RUNNING1MTEAM62197.5123:53:04
2 ELM CITY CROSSFIT1XTEAM55175.3123:51:19
3SEVEN HILLS HARRIERS2XTEAM55175.3123:52:04
4ENDURANCE FITNESS SYSTEMS A 3XTEAM51162.6223:54:49
5GROUNDHOG DAY4XTEAM50159.4523:54:07
6I THOUGHT THIS WAS A 5K5XTEAM48153.1023:48:55
7LORDS AND LADIES OF THE LAKE6XTEAM48153.1023:50:48
8RING WARRIORS TRI CLUB2 MTEAM47149.9323:40:45
9 ELM CITY CROSSFIT ENDURANCE7XTEAM46146.7623:43:20
10ENDURANCE FITNESS SYSTEMS B 8XTEAM43137.2423:53:11
11DUDE WHERE'S MY VAN9XTEAM41130.9023:51:48
12VAGABOND CROSSFIT10XTEAM39124.5519:41:50
13LAST KID PICKED11XTEAM37118.2123:50:07
14ARE WE THERE YET?12XTEAM826.225:13:10