Sunday, April 29, 2007

Escape


The main event for Saturday was a race for Turi. My co-workers Amber and Chris talked me into going down to Carson City for the Escape From Prison Hill, a half-marathon that can be run as a relay. Amber ran it with her husband, Kevin, and I ran it with Chris. (Little explanation here - Chris is a frickin' serious runner. Wins races now and then. Fighting injuries lately, but still a few orders of magnitude better than I am.) Anyway, this is a seriously hilly race - in fact, there are few flat spots on the whole course - check out the elevation chart on the link above. I ran the first leg, 7 miles, and Chris finished the last 6 which were if anything, slightly steeper. Scary. I gave myself a goal of an hour for the first leg, and finished in 1:08. (Took a good tumble into a sagbrush on one of the downhills too, but only got a little scratched.) Not sure what Chris's goal was, other than to kick everyone else's butt, but he passed like 5 other relay teams and finished with a total time of 1:54. That was good enough for first in the Men's relay category, although a Mixed (M/F) relay team finished in 1:45. But we got a nice little plaque, and our team name mispronounced at the awards ceremony. We were the "Guy-Brarians", but the presenter read it as guy-barbarians. Nice. Anyway, thanks to Chris, I can now no longer say that I just run for fun and "have never won anything." Not that I'll be doing any winning on my own anytime soon...

2 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Hey- Nice pictures! :) That was fun, yesterday. I'm really glad you both let me con you into doing this crazy race with me. And BTW, you were trying to think up nick names for the library staff- well, I think you and Chris just earned yours... (and at least the announcer said Guy and not Gay! That would have been a riot!)

Turi said...

Holy crap - the gay-barbarians. I wouldn't even have gone up there...