That was our official team name, for a few reasons. The obvious being how late I found out about the race and then signed us up for it.
The other being that Skye didn't want to run the race. Initially, I used her name as a place holder, fully intending and thinking that it would be easy for me to find someone to take her place. But I dragged my feet and even posted the wrong date when I was looking for a teammate. So the night before the race, I told Skye she was indeed going to be my race partner. As well as breaking it to Cindy that she would be spending a goodly part of her day off next to a computer and a phone, and that I hadn't found anybody else to help her out...yet.
OKAY Fine, But Where Are My Shoes
Typically, I set out all my gear the night before, put together a strategy and loose game plan and make sure I have my technical team put together as well as what might seem obvious, knowing where the race starts and how long it takes to get there. On race day I am there an hour or earlier before the start.
I, however, was out of sorts, still dealing with the TV show and not myself at all.
I didn't lay out my race gear, in fact I decided to go to the Farmers market and then swing by the office to pick up some of my things, which turned out to include Skye's running shoes. (I also managed to recruit, wonderful co-worker Chloe Lipp to help on internet support team.)
I had taken her shoes and mine to work to clean them up from the last mud run we did. I cleaned them out once but there was still sand and silt, not to mention they still looked pretty funky. So Skye had to scramble for a pair of back up shoes, which we would learn pretty early on were a bit too small.
We also had a tough time finding a "team outfit", in the end we ended up with our Circus Arts Institute shirts, which seemed apropos.
As always the clues are devilishly difficult, which is why it is essential to have a support team manning the phones and the internet.
OK quick run-down on the rules and objectives: Run around town completing various tasks and making it to various check-points, using only public transportation or your peds, (running and walking). You can and should get help from the outside world to help solve clues, as well as help map and figure out when public transport is a viable option and when it is more trouble than its worth.
That last bit can be a tough one and more often than not depends on the racers themselves. More on that later.
Doing the actual challenges are a breeze, getting to the checkpoints in an order that doesn't have you backtracking too much, that's the challenge.
We did end up backtracking a couple of times and there were definitely better routes. All told we probably ended up walking/running/limping around 8 miles.
We ended up with a bag of brochures and flyers from various check-points as well as a couple of MARTA day-passes, a funny wrist-sweatband and a little mouth wash that we bought as part of one of the challenges.
We ended up skipping a few of the check-points because we had to get back to the finish before the 5 pm cutoff, which means were had been out on the course pounding the pavement for 5 hours and it was sunny and warm.
It was tough and at times stressed us all out, but we persevered and had a pretty cool time after all was said and done.
Thanks to Skye for being my race partner and big thanks to Cindy and Chloe for being our support crew.