On July 20, 2012, Long Distance Relay-tionship hit the starting line of the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay in Blaine, WA, at the USA/Canadian border. We ran down the coast of Washington state toward the finish line in Langley on Whidbey Island, winning the personality award for Best Team Name – Nom de Plume, along the way!
Here’s a brief introduction to the team:
Runner 1) Randy is a longtime runner logging over 35,000 miles. His first competitive race was the 1978 Peachtree Road Race; a race he will again run a couple weeks before this Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay. He joined Digital Running’s Team 196 Proof for his first Ragnar Relay last November in Tennessee and had a blast. Running several trail races has provided variety and new challenges for him this year. After serving in the Air Force, Randy graduated from Southern Polytechnic with a Bachelor’s Degree in electronics and shortly began a career as a Broadcast Engineer. Presently, he is the Chief Engineer for the SportsSouth and Fox Sports South Networks. Randy occupies a small carbon footprint in Atlanta with his wife Lisa and their two dogs; Sadie and Harvey.
Runner 2 and Team Captain Brian grew up playing volleyball in the Midwest. He was talked into his first marathon in 2007, by a bourbon drinking, smoking graphic designer he met in a hotel bar in Atlanta. He is now an avid runner who e-coaches adults across the United States while coaching Jr. High and High School athletes in Cross Country and Track & Field at a small private school in Florida.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys driving sketchy white vans, decorating with Christmas lights and long runs with strangers in the middle of the night. He has a Ph.D. in Oceanography with a specialty in numerical modeling and has a mean Ragnar-estimated-times spreadsheet (Email us for a copy.) Northwest Passage is Brian’s fifth Ragnar Relay of 2012. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog, Kaboodles.
Runner 3) Amy has been running for years. At first, running was a method of stress relief from city living. Now, she enters lots of races to have fun. When she is not running through psychiatric wards, jails, and prisons in Oregon, she is running half-marathons, 15k runs and relays. This will be Amy’s first Ragnar Relay, but she has run several relays in Oregon over the past several years and loves the team experience. Amy also likes to be verbally assaulted by her team members during her runs. The more insults that are hurled her way, the happier she gets. Seriously, if you see her running on the roads, please treat her like a stray dog that you don’t want around… and take plenty of video. We’d like to see it. Amy is married to runner #5 and will also join Digital Running at Ragnar Relay Tennessee in Nov.
Runner 4) Genesis is not an avid runner. She only runs to attempt to keep the pounds off, and she only signs up for races to give her something to work towards because dropping $400 on a race is enough motivation for any sane person. As an avid non-runner, her walk/run resume includes several half-marathons with 5ks and 10ks thrown into the mix once in a while. This is her first Ragnar Relay, and she will be glad to finally cross it off her bucket list. She is a South Pacific native who has found herself transplanted to the Pacific Northwest where winters are too cold and summers are too hot. She will be moving to Seattle from Eastern Washington in the summer of 2012 to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Washington.
Runner 5) Todd is a new runner, having been pushed kicking and screaming into the world of running by his wife, Amy (runner #3), back in Oct of 2011. In one day he went from a regular 2.5 mile bi-weekly run to 4 miles, with his first 15k a few weeks afterward. Since that time, Todd has run a half dozen Half Marathons, several 10Ks and his second relay, as well as regular weekly “day dates” consisting of 8-12 mile runs on Sunday mornings with his wife. He now admits that he’s starting to love it! Todd is a Project Manager by profession, amateur Charcutier by choice, and loves Oregon Pinot Noir, Cured Meats, and the love of his wiener dogs (oh, and his wife and daughter as well!) On the advice of his relay experienced wife, and in consideration of his van mates, he will avoid trying any new supplements, foods, or GU type things so as not to crap himself silly during one of his legs. His vanmates thank him. We’ll see Todd again in Nov. at Ragnar Relay Tennessee.
Runner 6) Paige joined us at the last minute when we had an injury on the team. Sorry, bio not available.
Van #1 Support staff
Team Mom Raffi has over 15 years of Mommy-ing under her belt. She’ll sort out the details before an event and make sure the juice boxes are kept on ice. As the online Editor of digitalrunning.com, her 17+ year of writing, marketing & graphic design experience come in handy. Her past experience includes stints with Mercury Records, Rolling Stone magazine and the St. Petersburg Times. Raffi is kind of a health nut, and loves Yoga, dark chocolate, Disney and reading. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL, with her husband (Brian, Runner #2) and two teenage daughters. This is her 7th Ragnar Relay.
Runner 7) Brandy was active duty for 9 years (Navy) and decided to get out and go back to school. She is a full time student working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. Brandy played soccer in high school many moons ago and HATED running. While she was stationed on Guam, she realized that she was a semi-talented runner. There were 5ks every weekend, and Brandy would always place in the top 3 of her age group. She decided 5ks were fun, but wanted a challenge. When she got back to the states in May 2011, the challenge was on! Since then, she has run 17 half marathons, 8 full marathons, and 2 ultra marathons. Northwest Passage will be Brandy’s first Ragnar Relay. She thinks that having no idea who her teammates are is a big part of the fun!
Runner 8) Donald grew up in the cold mountains of podunk Washington State. Along the way, he spent much of his time in organized school sports such as football, soccer, basketball and track… not to mention any other outdoor activity you could imagine. Donald hates being indoors. He likes to hike, rock climb, camp, fish and hunt.
Donald began his running carrier while in the military where he spent 8 years serving in the Marine Crop Reserves. He spent so much time running that it became an addiction. Then just before his deployment to Iraq, he met the lady of his life (who is now his wife). She too was an avid runner. In her very first marathon, she qualified for Boston. So between her and the military, running was life.
Donald also has a goal of running the Boston Marathon (hopefully in 2014). He is scheduled to run the Portland Marathon this year, where he hopes to run a qualifying time of 3 hours even. Donald has run many races in the past 4 years including two 50ks, the Seattle Marathon the last 4 years in a row, and countless half marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks. He’s also done 2 mud runs. Having grown up in the sticks, many would call Donald a redneck. He doesn’t find that to be true. He works as a CHST (Construction Health & Safety Technician) for a large pipeline contractor in Washington. He’s also working on an online degree in safety.
Runner 9) Lucy (the one on the left) is a 24/7 runner. In addition to running 5ks, 10ks and Half Marathons, her full time job is running around taking care of husband John (Runner # 12 and her oldest child) and her two very active boys, Connor (13) and Liam (10) while also working a full time job.
Similar to “Wonder Woman”, Lucy has remarkable skills of being able to feed a soccer team after school, cram them into her Suburban, race to a soccer practice and sneak in a tempo run while they practice. Running since 2007, her highlight was running down the Vegas strip in the 2009 Las Vegas Half Marathon. She’ll be back with Digital Running at Ragnar Relay Napa Valley in Sept. Lucy has lived in the beautiful Okanagan Valley (The Napa Valley of Canada) most of her life. Also a downhill skier, Lucy’s newfound winter passion is cross country skate skiing.
Runner 10) Nicole was told a story in 2009 about her coworker’s uncle who was running from the Canadian border to Whidbey Island with a group of runners. She wondered who in their right mind would take part in such insanity. In the fall of 2010, Nicole started running (for reals) and by the time she started training for her first half marathon eight months later, she had caught the running bug. Suddenly that same crazy Relay was on her “race bucket list”. Still a noob (aka slow) runner, she’s crossed the finish line of 5 half marathons, a 6 mile mudrun (in the rain) and a 4-man, 50-mile relay. When she’s not running, Nicole is scouring pinterest for projects, playing and coaching volleyball, hanging out in the yoga studio and traveling. She loves to laugh & will do almost anything to get others to laugh. In fact, Nicole once “made-out” with a wooden fireman statue for a $15 Team-in-Training donation. (There’s a video out there somewhere… but she’s hoping it never rears its ugly footage!)
Runner 11) Thomas is entrenched in a mid-life crisis. He didn’t take the traditional route and splurge on a Corvette and a case of Viagra. Instead, he opted for some running shoes, a case of Advil and an iPod. Thomas ran his first marathon in 2006, and quit running the next day when a new job took away his lunchtime running. He’d promised himself he’d run another marathon when he turned 50. When his office started a Biggest Loser contest in 2010, he decided that it wouldn’t kill him to start training a little sooner, so after taking four years off, he strapped on the Mizunos, dropped 40 lbs, and took first place in his age group in a local 1/2 marathon. He’s been running ever since. In fact, Thomas didn’t just run a marathon to celebrate his 50th this year, he ran Boston. And last year he ran the Wasatch Back and Las Vegas Ragnar Relays.
Thomas grew up in Washington and settled in Utah when he retired from the Air Force. When not running, Thomas is either shaping World Cup moguls at Deer Valley, building cool props for Halloween, whining about calf injuries and shin splints or watching Husker Football.
Runner 12) John (the one on the right) traded in his pack and a half a day cigarette habit for running in 2006. Watching his Father die of Lung cancer that year motivated John to replace his bad habit with a new one. Since then he has run a variety of races including 10Ks, Half Marathons and Marathons, and has recently become a fan of Trail Running races. He’ll be back with Digital Running in Sept. for the Ragnar Relay Napa Valley.
To support his running habit, John works as a Business Management Consultant where he helps companies improve their management, sales and customer service performance. He is also an avid Downhill Skier and will miss any day of work for a fresh powder day. John is married to Lucy (Runner #9)
Long Distance Relay-tionship is proudly sponsored by Bondi Band. You certainly saw our colorful Bondi Band wicking headbands on the course, and check out the killer discount in the green box above!
Here’s why we love Bondi Bands:
1) they soak up sweat
2) they keep hair & wind out of your eyes and ears
3) they keep headphones in your ears
4) while at Ragnar, you can slide them over your nose in the port-a-john
5) you can also slide them over your eyes when you try to nap in the van!