So this was really fun. I hadn’t been in a relay race (with batons no less!) since high school track. It was a 4 x 1 mile per each coed team, and knowing that I was only going 1 mile, meant I could push it some. I have no idea what my time was as it wasn’t a timed event, and I started my watch when I ran a mile warm up, and let it go as I ran another mile after the race. But it wasn’t about the time anyway, as it was meant to be a fun event…but who are we kidding? As soon as the teams were chosen at random, we began forming our strategies as each team wanted to win the Top Golf gift cards (and bragging rights).
Our team did not win, but that’s fine by me, I was just having a good time racing with a team. It was crazy to see how each leg of the relay was different and teams kept jockeying their positions depending on the leg. And the race came down to a very tight finish. And I already wrote that I ran a mile after the race, that was by design. I ran the opening leg for our team because I wanted to be able to help pace our anchor, and that’s what I did. But the cool thing was that I wasn’t alone. Pretty much every team went out and helped their other members finish the race. We had all four of our members on the course at the end. Runners helping runners.
It was all for a good cause and the $5 entry fees collected went to the Plano Animal Shelter. It also kicked off the Project 214 training program. PR 214 is a very exciting new group. The programs are flexible and customizable for each runner. They also really want to make sure people stay healthy, so they have partnered with some gyms, doctors, personal trainers, nutritionists, yogis, chiropractors, etc etc etc who will be helping our members. Also, they’ve got some group weekly workouts planned so that members keep it up during the weekdays and understand that it’s not all about the once a week weekend long run. It’s a process people! Anyways, there’s a lot involved and lots of cool perks for the members, but it’s just getting started, so look out!
Other than that, some people came out preferred to run a more casual workout. They did, then helped cheer on the racers and vice versa. After the race there were prizes handed out, music played, recovery “punch” served, dogs playing, soccer balls kicked, football balls thrown, and rugby balls rugbied. One of the benefits to having it in a park! Once the sun went down and the bugs came out, we went to the Rugby House Pub where they had reserved the back room for our group and provided specials all night.
Overall it was a fun event, attractive course, and good times had by all. There will be more in the future, so check back for updates! Go team go!