Last week I was fortunate enough to take part once again in the epic One Run For Boston coast-to-coast relay. In a previous post I wrote about my first experience participating in this event last year and was hoping this year would match the incredible experience of last. Not only did it match it but exceeded it!
Last year’s ORFB went right through my home town of Lake Havasu City. Although I did not get to run those stages as they were filled before I signed up, I did get to run part of a stage in Parker just a little under an hour away before the other runners got to Lake Havasu. Once here, several of us from the Havasu Hustlers Run Club headed out to cheer on the runners (whom we did not know) as they ran through town. It was such an awesome, incredible experience knowing we were part of something so meaningful.
This year the route took a turn and bypassed Lake Havasu City heading east toward Phoenix from Parker. I was concerned this would discourage members of the run club from signing up but quite the contrary. We had more than double participate this year! As an added bonus for me, we had back-to-back stages (stage 32 and 33) and I needed a 17 mile long run for marathon training that week so I was able to run both stages and had several different running partners along the way. Talk about the best way to get a long run in! The time went by so fast even though I was running slowly!