Hana Relay Part 1 - the race
Sorry for the absence of posts lately, we've been busy in the fun department. Last weekend we had a blast running to Hana. The Hana relay takes place every year on Maui, and teams of 6 people gather to run from Kahului to Hana, this was the 35th annual race. Here are the stats (thanks to the free t-shirt we received detailing them) : 52 miles, 617 curves in the road, 56 bridges and this year 113 teams - 700 people! The Kenyans finished in 4 hours, 40 minutes. We were just slightly behind at 7 hours 6 minutes.
The Mad Dogs and Englishmen team proudly represented by a bunch on non running drunks, the worst offender being our team captain "Danny Keevil", managed to "pull it out of our arses" (almost literally see pics below) for the second year in a row. With the only training being last year's race, we were in fine form!!
Warming up or waking up? It's 6am and these muscles have not seen this much action since last year!
The Athletes benefitting from a nutritional beer
Danny brought his beer belly along for the ride
The essential items were stocked in the cooler, and easily at hand.
Having lost the baton before the start line last year, we were not about to make the same mistake again!
The Pink ladies were hot! Greg takes every opportunity to get together with the girls. Fancy dress is optional, and some teams really went to town!
As Ulli completes his leg, Danny takes on the toughest section of the race. 3.3 miles of uphill turns - Leg 13.
We were ready to administer CPR, but he didn't even puke!! Though he didn't look good for a while.
We finished 44th, not bad considering the source! We were too shagged to take any pictures at the finish line but we should have a group shot by the next post. Needless to say, none of us have been able to walk for days, and a flight of stairs is totally out of the question.
These are just the day's highlights. The eveing party deserves another post. For a preview check out Shazza's blog and stay tuned. We will get our shit together shortly! http://www.kinel.blogspot.com/