Team Captain Terry contacted me months ago to ask if I was interested in doing this race. He knows I love running and racing and most importantly Iowa, even if I've lived on the other side of the river for almost 20 years. So, of course, I said YES!!!!
Terry is better known to me as the Gray Ghost or GG. I met him 5 years ago when I first tagged along with the Muscatine Running Friends (MRF) to a race. We've done many of the same races & always keep in touch. Even though he hasn't been running all his life he has a vast experience with running & racing & I look to him as a great mentor full of wisdom.
Next is Kandice. She is GG's running partner. So he refers to her as her RP. I've known Kandice mostly via GG, but she also lives in Muscatine and does events and race with the MRF. She's very smart and technical when it comes to life and running. But she also has a great sense of humor (she has to, right, being GG's RP) and loads of fun to be with. I've had a few brief interactions with her, but this was the first time I really got to know her.
Next is Teri. She is the most genuine and wonderful person you could ever meet. Her heart is so full of love and kindness!! Even though she has lived in Muscatine her whole life, I've only personally known her for the last 6 or 7 years. She is the heart and soul of MRF and always a joy to be with. Teri has an extremely extensive running and racing career although had never done a relay such as RGR before.
Patches is a name that I had heard many, many times. For a long time I actually thought Patches was a man. Only because.....idk, it sounds like a man's name or nickname. But it really is her first name. And she is ah-mah-zing!! And I think the funniest, spunkiest person alive. RGR was the first time I had ever met her in person and she is all that and a bag of chips. In years past she was a collegiate runner and still kicks butt in my book.
Last, but not least, there was ME on the team.
I'm not sure what the others would say about me and what I contributed to the team. But I know that all together we made such an awesome team & had A LOT of fun!!!! Even though (spoiler alert) I am not addicted to this type of racing (not that that's a bad thing, but I can see where it's just not my thing) my team mates still made every single moment of this race worth it!!!!