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Last weekend I got to participate in the American Odyssey Relay, a running relay race roughly 204 miles long from Gettysburg PA to Washington DC. I had never done any event like this before, but some friends recruited me to run on their team, so I said what the heck and signed up as well.

It was a great experience. Minus the extreme exhaustion due to lack of sleep, the cold muscles standing around waiting to start a leg of the relay, the hard gym floor, running 9 miles into the pitch black night along the C&O Canal trying to avoid twisted ankles, it was a great experience….no really!

Most teams participating in the event had 12 runners, but our team only managed to come up with 10, which meant that 6 of us were going to be running 4 legs of the race instead of 3. My planned total mileage for 4 legs was supposed to be right around 22 miles, that is until one of the guys in my van started having terrible stomach problems and we ended up swapping some running duties. I gave him my shortest leg of 3 miles, and I took his longest of 8 and some change, which brought my grand total mileage up to 28 miles, in two days, and with about 4 hours of sleep total. Again, total exhaustion, but totally worth it.

I also had the privilege of getting to run the final leg of the race and to bring our team across the finish line. That leg was from Georgetown along the canal, up to and over the Key bridge into Rosslyn, down along the Mt. Vernon trail all the way to the GW Memorial bridge, across the bridge towards the Jefferson memorial, and then ˝ mile down Main Ave to the finish line at the Wharf. As you can see in the pictures below, I decided to have a little fun for the final leg and run the 6 miles in the craziest outfit I could come up with. ‘MURICA! This actually proved to be a very good idea as I got lots of boosts of energy from people cheering me on even though I was fighting to even stay awake at that point.

In the end I totaled 28 miles, with an average pace right around 7:35/mile. Again, despite the challenges both mentally and physically thrown our way, I would do this race again in a second. I highly recommend that if you ever get to the chance to participate in any sort of ultra/endurance relay event, that you don’t pass it up! Our team came in 17th out of 50 in our division (open mixed) and 57th out of 127 overall.

Here's the GPS info from my 4 legs of the race:
AOR - Leg 4 by sk8nsanta at Garmin Connect - Details - 1:07pm
AOR - Leg 14 by sk8nsanta at Garmin Connect - Details - 9:14pm
AOR - Leg 25 by sk8nsanta at Garmin Connect - Details - 4:03am
AOR - Leg 36 (Finish) by sk8nsanta at Garmin Connect - Details - 2:43pm

Our team at the start




Overview of my first running responsibilities, this included a run up Liberty Mtn


Running past the Mason/Dixon line at sunet was pretty cool






My best rest of the race came in Poolseville, MD sleeping in the grass outside of a middle school early in the morning. Finding rest was by far the most difficult part of the race.




One of 35 handoffs


Not our van, but I thought this was pretty funny






Getting pumped up for the final leg


Start of the final leg


Team waiting for me at the finish


29 hours 10 minutes




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great job - did this last year was an absolute blast.

sleeping was near impossible!

there is one in september time frame - lets look into it.


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great job - did this last year was an absolute blast.

sleeping was near impossible!

there is one in september time frame - lets look into it.
Do you know the dates yet? I have the Shenandoah Mtn 100 the first weekend of Sep, and then the MCM at the end of Oct, so if it's towards the end of Sep, that may work.




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