"Post-Blue Ridge Relay Hangover Syndrome" is real. Symptoms include acute muscle soreness, general sluggishness, dehydration, an inability to stop smelling certain odors, strained vocal cords, and in extreme cases - queasiness. One way to ensure queasiness, even days later, is a 10-second margin of defeat.
The thrill of the back-and-forth race was intense. The pain of BRR victory slipping through our fingers cut deep. We plan to document this battle in depth in the coming days / weeks. In the meantime, check out the recap on the Citizen-Times.
Major props to our rivals and this year’s BRR champions, the Charlotte Running Club. They showed grit throughout and fought back to take the hard-earned win. We are grateful to these guys for keeping the rivalry alive and well. Ok, enough nice talk. Take care of our championship belt, boys. We plan to take it back to the mountains in 137 days time at the Winter Classic 8k.
Final thoughts on BRR (for today) - there was some seriously impressive racing put forth by Asheville teams and Asheville runners. We loved seeing friendly (and tired) faces throughout the night. Big ups to Norm’s Maggots (2nd masters), Sole Asylum (1st ultra!), Electro Maggots (2nd ultra mixed), Parkway Poppy-Razzi (1st ultra women!), and many more!
Surprisingly, the BRR was not the only ARC event of the weekend. Out in Oregon, our West Coast operative, Scott Williams, was joined by master ace David Workman for the McKenzie River Trail Run 50k. These guys represented well with 3rd and 4th (1st master for Dave).
Blue Ridge Relay - 206+ Miles from Grayson Highlands, VA to Asheville, NC
Charlotte Running Club - 1st - 19:48:47 (5:46 mile pace)
Asheville Running Collective - 2nd - 19:48:57 (5:46 mile pace)
McKenzie River Trail Run 50k - Blue River, OR
Scott Williams - 3rd - 3:54:51
David Workman - 4th- 3:59:27