Monday, April 25, 2011

Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay 2011 - without Legally Dead???

I'm in denial.  I can't believe it. I WON'T believe it!

After a long history of running the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay, our team, Legally Dead did not get in.

In years past, the race doesn't fill up until Spring, however this season, it was full in September 2010.  Imagine our captains surprise and dismay when he just happened to check in September only to find that it was full. 

Such a history for this team too.
The majority of the members have run every Wasatch Back except the first year it was ever held .The team was named Shinsplint Shufflers and Pace Makers before it was sponsored by Wayne's law practice and became Legally Dead.

(anyone who has run this relay, you will totally remember Mr Bones.  Our vans are NOT hard to miss!)

 Legally Dead has been in four consecutive Wasatch Backs.
None of us want to see that streak broken.  Granted, we are on a waiting list, but the uncertainty is killing us.
(last year at the start line)

 The saddest part is that many of the members of the team have or are overcoming injuries to run the race. Everyone has been training and rehabbing in preparation for the one race we all look forward to!

Sheesh, if you add them all up - Wayne had major knee surgery at the end of last season.  Duane is recovering from major knee surgery.  Jamie moved to Portland but was planning on coming back for the run.  Lisa has battled the Achilles tendon injury.  Kris has plantar fascitis that flares up and has to be taken care of, and myself?  I ended last season with a stress fracture and then had the back and neck injuries that rear their ugly heads every so often.  But all of us has been working so hard to get ready. 

The one event we look forward to.  The tradition. The fun.  The craziness.  The bonding of good friends.  The talks.  The secrets and laughs shared.  Sleeping on a gymnasium floor with 200 other strangers.  Showering with 5 other ladies.  Eating crap and then prepping for your next run.  Icing down in the 'burb.  Head lamps.  Butt lamps.  Spicy dogs at the Maverick.  Costumes.  The volunteers.  And finally, the finish line where 12 exhausted but exhilarated runners cross with complete and utter satisfaction.  Seriously, it's the one event that I let myself go and compete but have!

To think we might very well miss out this year is a sad, sad, thought.  If only we had known it would fill up so fast.  Who knew that it was becoming such a popular event!?  And having run other relays, I can honestly say that I understand why.  It's a well organized event that appeals to all levels of runners.   It's one of those experiences that you can't really describe to people.  The running, the people, the event organizers and all the volunteers.  Not to mention the beautiful Utah country we get to run through.  GAH!  It's just so wonderful!  I guess I understand why everyone has jumped on the bandwagon.

But couldn't we let just ONE.MORE.TEAM in? 

I guess I will have to assuage my sorrows in some diet coke, cross my fingers, and hope for a miracle that something opens up off the wait list and me and my Legally Dead 'mates can keep the streak alive!
(finish line 2010)

Legally Dead - I love you, here's to hoping!


Jewls said...

that is totally TRAGIC! I hope you guys get in, that was one of the funnest races I've ever done+I love Mr. Bones!:)

Teachinfourth said...

Here's fingers crossed for you...

tammy said...

I just have a feeling you're going to get in. And I have been known to predict the future before.

Cheeseboy said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, I am not running with my team this year - the Cropdusters. I will be in Pennsylvania with the fam. I am really bummed about it too.

Ann Marie said...

I had no idea that any races had limits. Kinda crazy.

Ya..I know marathons are kinda trendy right now.. as some of my family members have jumped on the bandwagon..

HOPE you make it in.
Don't give up.

And.. just a thought.. but what if you showed up.. would they SERIOUSLY send you away?
I bet they'd make room..

PS: LOVE the BONES chillin on the van.

Tony Van Helsing said...

Good post. The showerng with five other ladies line really caught my eye for some reason.

" Hit It......." said...

Is there any hope that spots will open up? Bummer. I am sorry.

carma said...

oh noooooooos - they MUST let you guys in. Can't they see your spirit - sheesh!!! Hoping you are second on the wait list. Did your person check later than usual or did it fill up immediately?

DesertHen said...

Here's hoping that a spot will open up for your team! Sounds like a lot of fun!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Bummer, so sorry! I really do hope you can get in!

A Musing Mother said...

Do Red Rock! It is GORGEOUS!

wendy said...

Well by darn, I'll wear my SPORTS BRA until they let you in....(as a form of protest)

Last years Wasatch Ragnar my son Matthew ran in it. He was so excited to be a part of that. We really didn't think his heart would hold up enough to be able to do it. YAY Matt!!

So, I know the desire and rush from accomplishing something so hard, and doing it with your friends only makes it better.

keep running girl,

Missy said...

Crossing my finges, crossing my toes, and saying a little prayer!

Lara said...

You know, this must be getting awfully popular because more and more of my friends seem to be running it. One even came up from Arizona with her group this last year.

I hope you can find a spot somehow!!!

Devri said...

Dang it. I remember your race, I remember me being jelous that you rock, and rocked it. Hope you find a miracle... Ps. oh my word, Keilani had a PT at PCMC.. She looked so much like you, it was a cool freaky type of thing.. not that you are freaky :)

Sue said...

pa.leeze people let them in!!!! now.

no worries, it will happen.

Garden of Egan said...

I'm so sorry!
That seems to be such an injustice.

I totally love all the pictures.

Kristin said...

Yeah! Who would have guessed it would fill up so early, it get more popular all the time - I'll be hoping for a miracle for you! Hope you get in!


Loralee and the gang... said...

DAng it! Would it be awful of me to want another team to have to drop out so yours can get in? I thought not....

Loralee and the gang... said...

...and I like Ann Marie's idea. What if another team drops out at the very last minute? If you're not there, you can't fill in then, right?