As we headed up to Napa in Van #2, the six runners in Van #1 were already running their way from Calistoga in 4-6 mile segments on a hot and steamy afternoon. The two vans would trade off every 40 miles or so, going straight through the night. Team "Follow You, Follow Me" was on its way! We were a motley crew of PayPal employees and friends from varying running backgrounds, most of us virgins to the team format and new to each other. Our team captain, Jessi Tran, had every logistic nailed to get us to the finish by Sunday night, and encouraged us all to just have fun.
|(Team Follow You, Follow Me)|
|(Jaeson gets a high five from Bob when he finishes a hot leg)|
|(Fang takes the baton!)|
|(Van #1 catches a snooze)|
|(Kate, Connie, and Jessica share a laugh)|
|(Jessica gets it done)|
Next it was the "old guy"s turn (ie, me), and I lucked out that the sun had already started to come down and give me a break from the heat. It was hard not to "race" with all these runners just a few hundred yards ahead, but I threw in some fun by drinking beer instead of water for all my aid station stops. I swear, it makes you go faster!
|(Enjoying a beer mid-segment)|
|(Kate takes the hand off)|
|(Running by moonlight)|
|(Sleep when you can)|
|(Scott Chow cruises down Canada)|
|(Beautiful day in Woodside)|
|(Leo tackles the hill that never ends)|
|(Van #1 gets it done!)|
Before we knew it, Scott Chow was coming down the finish chute near Davenport, CA, around 6pm, and the whole team joined him across the finish line. 30 hours and change for 195th place! What an adventure! The winning team had started six hours after us, yet still finished five hours earlier...incredible. But I wouldn't trade our finish for anything. Despite offering to cover any segments that folks didn't want to do, they all pulled through with style.
|(We did it!)|
|(A happy team!)|