Carrying the Baton: My First Relay Type Thing

Well, hello there!

I AM working on a “where have I been for the last 2 months” post to compliment a “my running life (or lack thereof)” post, and hope to have all that up this week.  Hope.

But, I did want to share something that we’re doing in a couple of weeks.

I’ll go ahead and establish it as fact that I am willing to do just about anything to raise money for the victims of Boston.  My ties for that particular cause are very personal, and every day I am thankful that neither Aaron or I (or anyone I knew running/spectating) were hurt.

Yesterday, I received an email from a group of British folks who are organizing (organising?) a non-stop relay from Los Angeles to Boston.  The route goes through New Mexico, and they asked if I would consider carrying the baton through a New Mexico leg.  I was honored to have been contacted for such an amazing and meaningful event.

Although…after looking at the website, I became pretty apprehensive.  I’ve never done any sort of relay, so the whole, “running by myself through rural New Mexico (in an area where I have NEVER been) with the nearest hotel over an hour away while pretty much having the responsibility to create my own route and contact the people running before and after me to arrange pass-offs” part was pretty daunting.

I mentioned my nervousness (and amazement over towns with a population of 94 people…how do they survive???) on both my personal and blog facebook pages, and basically, everyone let me know that I better do it even if I had to pitch a tent next to the road (I really don’t want to do that).

So, I’m running one leg, and Aaron is running the next one.  We think we’ve figured out a system for transportation (even though it means that I will be running 10 miles by myself through a rural area that I am completely unfamiliar with), but at the very least, it will help out the One Fund Boston and provide us with some good Instagram material (if we get cell phone service…which really doesn’t ease my nerves about running alone…Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t based on a true story…right?).  Plus, we get to take part in a movement much bigger than ourselves, and so far our fellow baton holders have been supportive and very enthusiastic about the cause.

Roy, NM: population 237. The most populated area between both Aaron and my legs.

Because these lovely Brits are organizing 3000 miles, 300 legs and a whole bunch of runners from different states from across the pond, I’m trying to do my best to bring awareness to the event, and if possible, even recruit some runners along the way!



States: see below

Financial obligation:  $50 per leg (right now, 75% of those funds will go to the cause…they are working to find sponsors to cover the operational costs so that 100% of the funds will go to the One Fund Boston).  I’ve done a little bit of research, and it appears that this group is a bunch of global do-gooders (as opposed to evil scammers who will take our money and buy a house in the Caribbean).

Legs: most are between 8-15 miles.  They are asking for a 10 minute per mile average which I know isn’t the most leisurely pace (after taking the last month and a half off, I’m hoping I can keep that pace up for 10 miles!).

SO, it would be awesome if  you could consider snagging a leg, or if you would like to come hang out in the middle of nowhere Northern New Mexico with us to make sure that I don’t get kidnapped since I have now advertised on the internet that I will be by myself and/or feed me snacks because restaurants are scarce in those parts.  You can also make a donation to the effort via the website. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

23 thoughts on “Carrying the Baton: My First Relay Type Thing

  1. How cool, I would’ve totally run a leg in the CA desert on the 8th but I have a race that day. It may be hard to fill those legs due to the ridiculous heat but hopefully they can!

    • It’s kind of funny to look at the unclaimed spots, because most are in the middle of the desert/rural areas. I asked the guy what happens if all the spots don’t get taken, and he said they have a couple of the organizers following the route in a van to pick up legs, but right now it looks like they might have to do a lot of running, especially in the western part of the country.

  2. Well isn’t this neat!?!? I can’t wait to hear about your “leg”! It looks as if Connecticut is covered or believe you me, we would be ALL OVER IT. (Yes Tina, I am speaking for you. 🙂 ) Safe running!!!!

  3. First, glad to hear from you again. Hope you’ve been enjoying your little respite from running.

    Second, that’s really cool what you’re doing. Who knew all these amazing experiences could happen to someone living in the middle of New Mexico?

  4. Damn, that sounds really fun, uncertainty and all. Too bad it cuts through rural Illinois or I would have signed up in a heartbeat. Hope the logistics end up surprisingly easy to coordinate 🙂

    • Yeah, I think most of the route is more off the beaten path. Some of the legs run through Death Valley in the middle of the afternoon, so I’m glad I don’t have to add “heatstroke” to my list of apprehensions!

  5. Amy – I am running the last leg from Newton into Boston. I have nothing but respect for desert runners and folks from far away pitching in to help our city. From Boston, we are humbled. Hope your run in the middle of nowhere goes great!

    • Hi Martha! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! You know, I was truthfully blown away by the support Bostonians provide to runners during the marathon, and I want to do as much as I can to support the city in return, and if it means running 10 miles in the middle of nowhere, then great! Thanks for your participation in this event! Hopefully Heartbreak Hill falls before your stretch because I remember not liking it very much!

    • Definitely overwhelming and scary! But there have been people running through Death Valley in 114 degree temperatures, so I guess I’m not that bad off! I’ve connected with the other runners, and we’ll have a support crew, so it seems much less intimidating now.

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  7. I’ve recently dropped off the blogging planet, and the first thing I did when I got back was read this Incredibly inspiring post! I can’t wait to see your instagram photos and hear how it goes. Best of luck to you & Aaron!!

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