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<p>Red Rock Relay</p>
<p>September 10-11, 2011</p>
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<p>My brother can talk people into things, like running a relay for our family reunion. Late last year he sold the idea to us all, and we started training. Some had to drop out for various reasons, but on race day we had 12 runners, 10 of whom were related to our family in some way, including my 64-year-old mother.</p>
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<p>I was in van 2 with my two sisters, two of my brothers, and a brother-in-law. We had a great time together, and I have to say that sharing the relay experience with family made everything about it more... poignant, for lack of a better word. All the struggle, the pain, the joy, and the exultation of meeting a challenge as part of a team were magnified by family relationships and our long history together.</p>
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<p>The Red Rock Relay is in its second year.  The 2010 course covers 186 milesfrom Brian Head Resort at 11000' elevation through Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and red rock canyons, finishing at the entrance to Zion National Park.  It is a net downhill course, but there is plenty of difficult climbing to do as well:</p>
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<p>The course is very scenic.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/57156/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="3.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13993" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13993/width/335/height/500" style="; width: 335px; height: 500px"></a>  <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/57158/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="4.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13994" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13994/width/700/height/469" style="; width: 700px; height: 469px"></a></span></p>
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<p>The changes in elevation also lead to varying temperatures along the course.  Last year there was snow at the start.  This year, skies were clear, and temperatures ranged from the 40s to the 90s.  For the most part, running conditions were ideal.</p>
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<p>My only criticism of the course is that most of it follows highways with narrow shoulders, or in some cases no shoulder at all.  Roads are not closed for the race, so runners have to be very aware of what's happening around them.  Dealing with the traffic can be a little unnerving.</p>
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<p>I was runner 12, so while our team started at 7:40 am, I was not expecting to run until the afternoon.  My first opportunity came a little early when one of our runners had to drop out of her first leg about halfway through with a calf strain. Temperatures were mild, probably in the 60s.  Between then and the next time she ran, she worked on her calf. By the time her next leg came around, she was ready to go.  2.2 miles @ 9:45/mi, 9450-9650' elevation, 1 roadkill.</p>
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<p>My first full leg was a magical run for me, a steady -2% downhill course through the sandstone walls of Cedar Canyon, illuminated by the sharp-angled light of a late summer sunset.  It was just getting dark as I ran through the chute into the exchange, with cheering teammates and other runners on either side. I gave my dear mother a sweaty hug, told her I loved her, and handed off to her.  How can you beat that?  5.5 miles @ 7:50/mi, 3 roadkills.</p>
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<p>I like running in the dark, at pretty much any hour, as long as I have a good reason to be up when the sun is not. A relay is a good reason.  My second leg started at 4:40 am, and offered a nice rolling descent (-2% average grade), temperatures in the mid-40s, a tailwind, clear skies, and lots of stars.  There were also a ton of runners on this leg with me.  Chasing down roadkills made for great fun.  What was not fun was that my socks were a little too tight and my toenails were a little too long.  Yes, there was some gouging going on.  It was bearable, so I ran through it and taped my poor toes afterward.  7.0 miles @ 7:56/mi, 14 roadkills.</p>
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<p>My last leg, the anchor leg, was 7.5 miles of heat and hills.  By early afternoon we had descended to 3700' and temperatures had climbed into the 90s. A rolling 1.6% incline led along the edge of Zion National Park and ended in a grassy city park in Springdale, just outside the entrance to Zion.  I ran/walked this leg, keeping my heart rate between 145 and 170.  What can I say... it was warm.  7.5 miles @ 10:34/mi, 1 roadkill.</p>
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<p>This was my first experience running an anchor leg of any sort.  Entering the park and finishing with the team was another magical experience.  It is hard to describe.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/57181/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="13.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="14003" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/14003/width/685/height/500" style="; width: 685px; height: 500px"></a></p>
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<p>One of the traditions at RRR is to mark your calf or some other body part with a stripe each time you finish a leg. The race packet includes a marker for this purpose.</p>
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<p>Other random observations...  There were lots of runners in various models of Vibram Fivefingers, and a barefoot runner who I chatted with briefly at an exchange before he took off like a rocket.  Evidence of the minimal and barefoot trend was more visible than I remember at other relays.</p>
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<p>I found the ideal relay van.  The Gazelles had this machine, borrowed from a runner's parents, and... a minivan.  I wonder how the van assignments were made?</p>
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<p>Over the past two months I have averaged less than 3 hours of running per week (20 mpw), which is pretty scant for an event like this.  Over the same period, I have averaged 4.5 hours of cycling per week.  Aerobically I felt like I was in good shape, but I wasn't sure how my body would handle the impact of running.  I was not speedy by any means, but I was pleased with my endurance. I am now a firm believer in the effectiveness of aerobic XT.</p>
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<p>Thanks for reading. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>This was wonderful Millbot!!</p>
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<p>scenery outstanding! wow!</p>
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<p>love the sharpie idea of marking off the legs.</p>
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<p>How cool you got the anchor leg! I bet that is a great feeling, to run that last leg and then run in with the whole team.</p>
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<p>and what a totally cool bonding experience with your family. . . provided one wants bonding with their family, which clearly you all do. You've certainly created a wonderful family memory.</p>
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<p>and sweeeeeeeet ride there! Now that's the kind of vehicle to do relays in!</p>
 

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<p>millguy.....great report.........what a fun time that must have been, and the scenery is just amazing.....you are lucky to have such a kewl family that will jump in and do something of this manner.....congrats!</p>
 

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<p>Yep, I'm a firm believer in the benefits and value of cross training! This was a great report, Millbot, thanks so much for sharing it with us! The pictures are great and I love that you did this with your family. And then again, there's Tammy's comment that it sure helps to have a family you'd WANT to do something like this with! Glad yours was one of those!</p>
 

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<p>Great report & pictures millbot. Beautiful scenery too, congrats on a fine time.......I couldn't even IMAGINE doing something like this with my family</p>
 

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<p>You know 'bot, I've never heard of a family doing Hood to Coast or any other relay, so this is really special.  Very heartwarming!</p>
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<p>And your last leg sounds like one of the toughest last legs of any relay.  That was not very nice of the race organizers.  Congratulations to the Bot Clan for a job well done!</p>
 

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<p>I agree, this report gave me a big smile. What a great family you have MB!</p>
 

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<p>I have a feeling all the millbots are persuasive; some in a quiet, sorta-shifty-but-always-above-board way.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Such a powerfully beautiful place, but I'd have to concur with the too-much-highway comment.  Touristy drivers might be gawking at the beauty instead of the road.</p>
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<p>That van is far too luxurious.  First people taking showers and brushing their teeth at exchange points, next frou frou vans.  I remember the days when it was all stink and bad driving.</p>
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<p>Congratulations to all, especially to you, mill, for running so well on x-training.  Can't beat a family reunion like this.</p>
 
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