began like most days in the Borrego Springs area: warm and dry.
Temperatures for the day were to reach the high 90s and lows would
descend into the low 50s - both ranges would not disappoint the
Wild Miles Relay.
Thrown Together calculated their individual pace times prior to
race day and settled upon an 8:00 am start. The Wild Miles Relay
is a staggered race with teams leaving as early as 5:45 am and
as late as 10:30 am on the morning of the race; Team Thrown Together
would be the third to last team to leave from Borrego Springs
on their 183-mile bid for glory.
introductions of the team were continued [ see Teammates
] as other teams exited from the starting line. After several
well wishes and "go get 'em"s, Matt Allsopp led the
attack, rocketing out into Leg 1 (Let's Get This Party Started,
7.65 miles) of the race. Later reflecting on his first leg of
the race, Matt commented, "It was a solid run, but it might
of gone better if I hadn't dressed in black shorts and a black
T-shirt." A lesson well learned in the desert heat. Circling
around the sparse residential area of Borrego Springs, Matt returned
to the starting line and handed the baton to Matt Hay for Leg
2 (My Oh My What a Beautiful Day, 5.6 miles). Matt would
lead this leg out of Borrego Springs and into the desert morning,
handily addressing the 1100-ft. elevation increase over four miles.
to Yaqui Wells Road, Matt and the team loaded both pace vans and
set off through Yaqui Pass to the formidable Grapevine. By late
morning, the Grapevine Canyon was heating up to a comfortable
100 degrees. Leg 3 (Grapevine Half Marathon, 14 miles)
was one of the only two legs that pace vans were not allowed;
vans and teams would have to wait on the other end of the canyon
for their teammate. Lee Hoedl was the teammate selected as the
person crazy enough to take on this run - a 5+++ stretch with
3000 ft. of elevation increase over the 14-mile sanded trail.
afternoon noon, Lee exited out of the Grapevine and handed the
baton to team member Stacy Park. Lee was heard to comment, "I
could really use a Dairy Queen M&M Blizzard... okay, maybe
no stranger to marathon running and midday heat, took the baton
and began to whittle away each foot and yard of Leg 4 (We
Made It Through The Grapevine, 6.8 miles). Through it all,
Stacy was heard to mutter again and again, "Shit!" as
he became the first teammate to be inflicted with runner's rash.
By midday, temperatures started to soar on the rural roads of
the Wild Miles Relay.
following Stacy's leg was Krystyna Mardula's leg - Leg 5, I'm
Not A Wimp For Choosing This Leg (3.43 miles). Accessorizing
in her matching visor and running shorts, Krystyna was off and
running, descending into her miles of Leg 6.
pace vans continued to do a wonderful job of keeping the runners
hydrated and happy. Mobile One was operated by Michael Housch
and Arnold Ramirez. Mobile Two was operated by Devlin Caskey and
Danny Hawke. Leap-frogging across the route, they continued to
stay one step ahead of the runners.
Thrown Together would need this vital support if they were ever
going to catch any of the other teams that were ahead of them...