Drive to Portland during rush hour this Thursday, pick me up at the airport and run 199 miles.
Run 199 miles! By myself! Are you kidding?
No, that would not be fun! We’ll be on a relay team with 10 other people. It’ll be fun!
What kind of “fun” people would do this kind of “fun” thing?
How long will this “fun” 199 mile race take?
About 30 hours.
30 hours! That doesn’t sound fun!
Oh it will be! We’ll start at 1:30 on Friday afternoon and finish by 7:00 on Saturday night – just in time for a great fun dinner! We’ll each run three segments of the race.
Yes, you’ll run three segments of about 6-8 miles.
When will I run these “segments”?
After I run us down off Mount Hood on Friday afternoon, you’ll run us up a big hill and though it will be about 95 degrees….
It’ll be fun! We’ll pass you a bag of ice along the way and cheer you on!
And then you’ll run at 3:15 on Saturday morning when it will be a nice cool 55 degrees…
What! We run at night?
It’s fun! I have head lamps and knuckle lights you can flash at the trucks to keep them out of your way as you run down Route 30.
You’ll see. They’re fun! And finally on Saturday afternoon all you’ll have to do is run 3 miles up a mountain and 3 miles down and then you’re done!
And a family will be running a hamburger stand out of their garage just where you finish! How fun!
How will we get around for all these “fun” activities?
We’ll rent vans that we’ll decorate with our names, our road kill and fun things like that.
Oh, that’s just a fun way of keeping track of the number of runners our team will pass.
I’m afraid I’ll be “road kill” for a lot of other teams!
Don’t worry! You’ll do fine! It’s just for fun!
So, where will we sleep after all this “fun” running?
In the van.
In the van? But we’ll be sweaty and smelly after running….Where will we change our clothes?
In the van.
Where will we shower? Don’t tell me “in the van”!
No! Of course not! We won’t. Instead, we’ll use towels and baby wipes to clean ourselves.
It’s like camping – but without the tent and sleeping bag and mattress pad! It’s fun!
Where will we eat? No, don’t tell me –
In the van.
And what delicious food are you promising me we’ll eat?
I’ve got granola bars and Gatorade and we’ll have Cup-of-Noodles on Saturday after your night run. Fun things like that.
And just when will we be able to sleep?
When we can. We’ll get out to cheer our team members on as they start and finish their races.
And just how do you expect I’ll get back to work at church on Sunday morning?
We’ll catch a bus to Portland from the coast on Saturday night and you’ll leave at 4:30 on Sunday morning to drive back to Seattle – just in time for church!
And what do I get for taking part in all this “fun”?
A tee shirt – and a medal!
It’ll be fun!
It’ll be fun?
Yes! It’ll be fun! Very fun!