Slept in and spent the morning chillin with Rex and Kerry before the guys started showing up for the team. Our team, Almost Dead Jocks, was a fast team. Our members: Kerry Griffin (captain), Rex Taylor, Steve Anderson, Steve Hooper, Mark Payne, Scott Keate, Walter Brown, Taha Mahmood, Steve Linder, Mark Bloudek, David McCulloch and me.
We held a team meeting, picked up rental cars, grabbed lunch then it was time for Van 1 to leave for Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Our line up: Steve A, Walter, Steve H, Mark P, Scott, Mark B (Van 1). Rex, Taha, me, Kerry, David, Sean (Van 2).
After Van 1 left, we chilled and talked the left for the first major exchange and to get supplies. Rex took the baton and was off. He ran great as did Taha. After I took the baton at around 8:35pm, I had a 5.45 mile section on a city bikepath in complete darkness. I ran hard to keep the momentum going from van 1. Not much to remember about the route as it was dark, but the miles clicked off fast...5:35, 5:38, 5:41, 5:46, 5:56 (slowed down on purpose), 5:40ish for the last 0.45M. Averaged 5:43 for 5:45 miles then handed off to Kerry.
We booked it along to the exchange to meet David who joined us for the first time at his leg (11) and then moved ahead to meet with Sean at the major exchange in downtown Portland. At the end of our first 12 legs, we were averaging 5:45ish as a team! But, the hills (and the weather) were still to come!