A few of our co-workers signed up for a relay team for the 2012 Ogden Marathon. Once they recovered, they were kind enough to share their experiences with us.
Kaycee Paskins, Leg 1 (Marathon start to mile 7)
I was expecting to be chilly at 5:30 in the morning, but I didn’t realize I would remain a frozen little popsicle through the entire first leg of the relay! Who knew???? I’ve been told this was one of the warmest starts they have had but I don’t believe it. Despite the cold, the festive atmosphere, gorgeous scenery, and an amazing energy from all those ambitious souls got me past the starting line (eventually!) and down the road. A HUGE thank you to the volunteers at the aid stations, especially Ogden Clinic, you guys are PARTY ANIMALS!! Thanks to everyone who was involved in putting on such a great race!
Andrea Jensen, Leg 2 (Mile 7 to mile 13.1)
I signed up for the Ogden Marathon relay because I wanted a manageable running goal. I was doing great in my training until I injured my foot. For two weeks before the marathon I could not run at all. I worked with my doctor to prepare and hoped that I would be able to run that day. I was so nervous, but determined to show up and run as much as possible. I ran my six miles and want to run more now! It was fun to be a part of a team and to accomplish the goal I set.
Sabrina Sandry, Leg 3 (Mile 13.1 to mile 18)
This was my first official race. I admit, I could hardly sleep the night before because I was so nervous. What if I couldn’t finish? What if it took me too long and the slow poke van had to come pick me up? I didn’t want to disappoint my team or myself.
Race day came and when my sister finished her leg, I teared up as she handed over the relay bracelet, gave me a hug, and wished me good luck. I was so proud of her and I was so excited for my turn. Once I got past “THE HILL” I kept thinking “This is so awesome!” Running through the beautiful scenery of Pineview Dam and then down part of the canyon sure beat running on a treadmill.
Each time I passed, or got passed, by a marathon participant, I was inspired to keep on going. I figured if they could run these 26.2 miles, I could run my 5.
The race was so well organized and the volunteers were so encouraging. I felt like each of them were my #1 fan. The excitement and enthusiasm of the other participants, the inspiration of the marathon runners, the great volunteers and the pure satisfaction of finishing the race made it all worthwhile and made for a great experience.
Kristie Nielsen, Leg 4 (Mile 18 to mile 23.1)
We boarded buses at 25th and Washington at 6:15 a.m. and arrived at The Oaks by 6:45 a.m. Just 3 or 4 hours to wait… at least I got to wait with my husband, Curt. The Oaks was awesome to let us all pile in the restaurant to keep warm from the cold canyon wind. By 7:30 a.m. though we were out front watching for the first half-marathon runners to fly by which is exactly what they did. I’m pretty sure their feet weren’t touching the ground. It was exciting to cheer on the front runners, middle packs, and also the determined walkers of the half and full marathon races. I got to cheer on more than most because I think I was the second to last person to start my leg of the relay. (It brought back bad memories of junior high P.E. class team selection). I got started about 10:50 a.m. – weather was perfect and the 5-mile run down the canyon was awesome. I eventually handed off to Gail on the parkway and met up with Curt again. We decided to walk and jog the last 3 miles to the finish line for one of those Creamies. Ended with my medal and group hug with my team mates – great day!
Gail Niklason, Final Leg (Mile 23.1 to Finish Line)
Running the last, 3-mile leg of a marathon feels like cheating… when I took the changeover from Kristie (and I’d been waiting a couple of hours, so I was ‘ready to go’) I set off at a brisk pace (well, this is relative you know…) passing folks right and left. Of course most were on either mile 23 or mile 10. Then when I started to fade at about mile 2 I really started feeling guilty! These people were rocks – totally amazing! And they were hurtin’, but so determined – and I was such a wimp! But it was fun… and next year? I think we’re signing up for the half.
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