Cascade Lakes Relay

August 27, 2011 in Life, Sport by Mark

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity, along with eleven other crazy people, to run in the Cascade Lakes Relay, a team relay covering 216.6 beautiful miles in central Oregon. After being warned of unbearable heat, long and steep hills, and sleep deprivation, the reality was actually a lot more fun and a lot less painful than I was expecting!

My contribution to the relay was 5.4 miles on a track through a forest, 7.1 miles up a long gentle hill (which might have also been through a forest, but it was midnight when I ran so I’m not really sure) and then 7.2 miles around a lake the following morning. I actually felt great on the first two runs, finishing them in 46 and 61 minutes, although by the third (66 mins) I was ready to finish! Our team finished in around 36 hours, and had a lot of fun in the process!

The highlight for me was definitely running up the long hill in the dark, and seeing millions of stars, including several shooting stars! I’m pretty sure they were anyway, although I may have been hallucinating by that stage…

Decorating the vans in preparation...

Decorating the vans in preparation...

Friends standing around

With our mandatory nicknames...

With our mandatory nicknames...

Can you guess which one is me?!

Can you guess which one is me?!

Brad and Jeremy looking cool

Brad and Jeremy looking cool

Our van pretending to be serious at the start

Our van pretending to be serious at the start

The second van

The team waiting for me on my first run

The team waiting for me on my first run

Why does it look like I'm walking?

Why does it look like I'm walking?

The moment I realised the finish was 200m further than I thought...

The moment I realised the finish was 200m further than I thought...

David running crazy fast

David running crazy fast

Kolby, with Daniel and a pretty mountain in the background

Kolby, with Daniel and a pretty mountain in the background

Monica getting ready for the costume leg!

Monica getting ready for the costume leg!

Our van photo after we had finished our legs

Our van photo after we had finished our legs

Having finished and had a lot of fun in the process, I’m just left wondering what my next running challenge should be, and how I can be part of the relay again next year from Tanzania…