Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reach the Beach: New Jersey Race Recap Part 1

Now that book club is out of the way for the month (if you missed the post and you are part of the book club go check it out, here), I can now properly begin to recap one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  Also known as Reach the Beach: New Jersey.

 RTB love

It would be impossible for me to recap almost 32 hours (and even more than that) into one post.  Each post is going to be long, with lots of pictures and full of good times and not so good times, pretty much like the race itself!

Our adventure began on Thursday at 4pm.  Mike and I drove to the Rochester airport to pick up our van (aka our home for the weekend) and then drove to Sarah's house to pick her and Colleen up.  The four of us then drove to New Jersey close to the race start.  Before getting to our hotel we had to pick up Megan who had taken a bus from NYC.  We hurried to get to her because she had been dropped off in a dark church parking lot!  I guess it was foreshadowing how the race transition areas would be.

 You're doing great, Mike.

Mike, Sarah and I were sharing a room and we settled in for a good night's sleep.  We woke up in the morning and got ready for the day.  Our team's, "Better than GTL : RES Repeat", start time was 9:30am.  Two of our other teammates, Stephanie and Loretta, met us at the hotel and we drove to Mountain Creek Resort.  The rest of our team was going to meet us there and right when we pulled in Mecca texted me to let me know she had arrived.

 Runners ready to go!

Let's do this thing!

We're psyched!

The other van was a little behind schedule so we headed to the first part of check-in and awaited the arrival of Alex, Brent, Dave and Isaac.  Right before we started our safety equipment inspection and orientation they arrived.

 The back of our team shirts

On our way

I only share this because of the fact that a funeral was going on

Our team then checked in, got our bibs, race shirts and headed upstairs for a team photo.  I'll share it with you when we get it!

Dave was starting van 1 off and he only had a 2.5 mile run, so Mike and Isaac went with the rest of van 1 to help move things over from one van into the other.

After a few announcements, #teamRESR was off and running!

 These were our friends the next two days

 Dave is excited!

Get it, Dave! (#0501)

There he goes

Since we were in van 2, we had a long time to wait before Isaac started us off.  Which meant we had time for breakfast!

 The waitress was a little crabby, but the food was good!

Like our shades?

After fueling (and sleeping if your name is Isaac), we drove to van transition area #1.  We were one of the first teams there but more vans started to show up as time went on.

 Chillin' like villains

We loved this van!

Sarah and Stephanie looking fabulous

Sometime around 1-2pm, we got a text from the other van that Megan (runner #6) was off and running.  Van 1 showed up and we were able to bond and decorate our van a little bit while we waited for her arrival.

 Everyone! (Except for me and Megan)

Our team's hashtag

Adding our names and boxes to check off our legs!

Mike even got in on the action!

"Jersey Shore" themed

Isaac was really antsy to start running so he headed down to the exchange point.  Eventually we saw Megan coming and after a quick exchange it was time for van 2 to do some work!

 I drove 10 hours to be here, can I run now?

Van 1 Leg 1 done, now it's van 2's turn!

Van 2 is off and running!

And since I'm mean, you're just going to have to wait and see how we did (or read some of my teammate's recaps)!


  1. Way to torture us like that!!! Love the recap!

    1. Haha, I know. I'm mean since this is even worse than Seneca7. I'll have 4 recaps and not 3.

  2. I live right up the road from the sussex queen! I honestly had no idea until the day before that this was taking place up here otherwise I would've signed up!

  3. Ah motherland! I'm from Sussex County!

  4. Looks like loads of fun! You and Mike are racing machines!

    1. It was amazing! We are, no denying it.WWe already signed up for a 3rd marathon and will do the New England relay.

  5. I love this! Looks like (so far) RTB was awesome - the pictures are great. And obviously, like eveyone else, I can't wait to see how VAN 2 did!!! :)

    Aren't relays so much fun? What was your favorite part?

    1. Thanks! I just love everything about them, friends working at a common goal doing the thing we love. It's amazing!

  6. This looks like such a cool experience, nice job on part 1!

  7. Love the recap and so glad we all the chance to be on a team for this. It was such an amazing experience :)

  8. That first downhill was so much fun! A great way to start running!!! :)

  9. Oh my gosh this looks like so much freaking fun! Can't wait for more!!

  10. This sounds like so much fun-- can't wait to hear how the rest of it went!

  11. You all make this seem so easy and no work at all. <3 I so want to do one. So so so bad!!

  12. It sounds like you guys were really prepared from the start which I hope made the whole experience a lot less stressful.