July 13, 2013
This was a previously held event called “ThomBob,” but it died out somewhat when Thom Lacie was no longer affiliated with the Runners High stores. Or maybe because it was thought that there wasn’t a lot of interest. Well, even though I am a crap kayaker, I still enjoy doing this event.
Back in the day, the teams were required to be more evenly matched, but after a few years, I started to notice that Bob’s kids seemed to be ringers and then the handicap measure went out the window. Though… if you really think about it, unless a team has two professional kayakers, the odds that a team will automatically win are more based on how they do on the run.
With this in mind, I decided to ask my buddy Mark, if he wasn’t putting on any races that day, because I felt like we might have half a chance to place if my running partner was a ringer.
As usual, on the kayak leg, I was the worst person in my section (the order is: person 1 kayak, person 2 run, person 1 run, person 2 kayak), but Mark ran us back into the top 3.
On my run, I was able to do a sight better than at Boeing, with 25 and change. This dropped us out of the top 10.
Finally, Mark wielded his skills on the kayak. I thought he might have an advantage seeing as he can get leverage with average length legs. It made me feel better that this running superhero was just average in the kayak (but he did pick up enough places to get us into 10th).
I hope this event continues, even though the name representatives are getting up there in age.