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Chasing Pavement: Reach the Beach New Hampshire 2012

“Should I give up / or should I just keep chasing pavements / even if it leads nowhere?” -Adele

Starting our journey (L to R): Waiting to meet the team; the starting line at Cannon Mountain; life inside the van; tracking our progress; and a tasty firehouse breakfast at Bear Brook State Park

We went chasing pavement this past weekend, but in our case, it didn’t lead “nowhere”…it led to the beach!  Hampton Beach, to be specific, the finish line for the Reach The Beach Relay (RTB), a 203-mile team relay race.  We started our adventure at 7 AM Friday when half of our team picked us up in a stylin’ mini-van at our meeting point in southern New Hampshire.  We cruised two hours north to Cannon Mountain where, after a brief orientation and safety meeting, our first runner set out on his 8+ mile leg a little after our scheduled 11 AM start.  (They stagger the start times based on expected pace so all the teams have enough time to complete the race before the closing of the course Saturday evening.)

After our first runner disappeared down the mountain trail, the rest of us piled into two vans and hit the road.  We were underway!  (more…)