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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Results (not quite yet official)

Google1 completed the race in 19 hours, 40 minutes and 42 seconds (meaning each individual runner averaged a blistering 5:59 per mile). That's a 4-minute improvement from last year's race, itself a 7-minute improvement on 2007's time. Our 19:40:42 time put us 2nd in the corporate division and 8th overall.

Hats off to all of the teams that competed.

Done and Done

Rocking race, guys and girls! Awesome running with you all, and meeting some of you for the first time (you're my boy, Rune). A special thanks to Kerry and Esther who drove us through it all, and provided such encouraging motivation.

Tom, leg #20 was dedicated to you. Thanks for having the faith I could make it up that hill. 22 kills and I'm sure you'll see the time on the spreadsheet.

I look forward to the next one, whenever that may be.

Let's keep the fun going

Soooooo, the air travel on the back side of the race did not go so
hot. There was a horrible accident on hwy 26, medivac helicopter and
all. Hope everyone's ok. A few traffic jams in portland later and we
missed our flight to sfo. Grabbed dinner in downtown portland after
saying goodbye to rune and will, the latter of whom was headed to a
ufc fight. We're at the airport now waiting for our flight to board.

Thanks again to everybody on the team, especially our new runners rune
and ryan, courtney (our returning runner) and the rest of the guys.
Finally, a huge thank-you to kerry and esther for driving and for
putting up with 12 gross, smelly guys with little to no sleep for 20
hours.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The big finish

Van 2 is about 10 minutes from being finished. The kill count is in
the hundreds and we're about 19 minutes ahead of the spreadsheet--tom
would be proud. We'll see where we stand overall but early estimates
suggest we'll break our time from last year. The lack of posts through
the early morning is because we lost all cell reception and then lost
the will to come up with witty comments about our progress. The finish
is gonna feel good.

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Car Wash

The wonderful kids of the Astoria Peewee Football Team graciously
washed the paint off our van for a donation to their team. Now this is
what I call a win-win!

Bons wraps up the final leg for Van 1. Off to the beach!

Brandell storms up the hill and tears into the finish

Grant is primed for Leg #26.

Van 1 done with Leg 2!

Welcome to Port-o-John row...

2:2? AM

And Chris is pumped for his leg!

My favorite line by a random runner just finishing: "I puked! [Looks
around.] Where's my team?! [Wanders off.]"

van 2 steamrollin

Ryan led off with a strong start and and grant is already knockin em down like bowling pins

Eddie's done with one

It is a gorgeous night for a run. I just finished 6.43 miles in 36:03
and am feeling great. More importantly, the kill count is up to 22
already.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

van 2 settling in

We're enjoying the distinct aroma of icy hot©. Thank you, Ryan.

Exeunt van 1, enter van 2

Crosby's Law: no one in van 2 gets passed. It's more than a postulate.

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Grant blurs by!

Van 2 is ready to roll

The fellas are ready to roll. This shot's from government camp on h2c.

Ryan to Grant - Exchange 1 Down!

Underway

Ryan vocolla started off a few minutes ago. He'll decend 2000 vertical
feet over 5.6 miles. It was raining a bit, but has cleared up.
Beautiful sunset over the cascades.

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Groceries aboard, we're off to Mt. Hood

Another great shopping trip-we get smarter every time with what we
need, what we want and what we think we want but don't actually want.
An example of the latter category: all-natural peanut butter.

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Mount Hood in our sights, rain in the forecast.

In the van en route

We picked up our vans (and courtney) and are now looking for a spot
for some food. And, check out the maps to the right-our blog is now
powered by google latitude. So long as we have reception you can
follow us through the brilliance of google's mobile engineers. We will
lose reception in the latter legs.

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Down 1

We haven't even started yet and we lost Courteny. And Grant is sad.

Portland

All runners accounted for (plus our two gracious drivers). We're on
our way to pick up our vans and then its a 2-hour drive to mt. Hood.
Plenty of time for a supply run before our 6:45 start.

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Tram!

Our team has assembled from all over the country and is primed for
action.

Testing out mobile posting

Just arrived at sfo with all the team gear in tow. Sf is having a
little late summer heat wave and portland looks to have the same
gorgeous weather.

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The race to be run

The prep work is all completed and the groundwork laid. Hitting the hay before heading to SFO in the morning for the flight to Portland.
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