Twelve members of the Homestead Running Club took part in the “mother of all relays” on Aug. 24.
Hood to Coast is a relay race in Oregon starting at Mt. Hood and ending at the coast of the Pacific Ocean - an approximately 200-miles-long race. Each person ran different parts of the run varying in total 13 to 20 miles each.
Homestead Running Club member Patty Clausen said that she found out about the race because her son lives in Oregon and he informed her of it. Once she heard about it she decided to look into the race.
“I just Googled it and I went to boot camp one morning and said, ‘Hey, I got an email if anybody would be interested.’ One thing lead to another,” Clausen said.
Julie Feist, running club founding member, said the race had been on her bucket list because a woman at the Lincoln Running Company always talked about it.
To be able to run in the race, the team had to sign up and were put into a lottery. Each member also had to be able to run a one-mile pace of 9.46 minutes to qualify.
“We tried to get people who we knew ran a nine-ish and who did a lot of miles and were fun,” Feist said.
The club was the only team from Nebraska to participate in the race.
The 12 participants were separated during the race into two vans. The vans were not allowed to be at the others' drop-off points to avoid overcrowding.
The 12 members who attended were Beth Oltman, Tony Sandal, Colleen Schoneweis, Julie Feist, John Schoneweis, Jesse Genrich, Courtney Murphy, Kasey Murphy, Amber Sargent, Amber Tempelmeyer, Patty Clausen and Timoree Klingler.
Member Timoree Klingler said that it was almost like the two vans were separate teams because they didn’t get to interact with each other until the end.
The race took place day and night so the runners said that lack of sleep was an issue for some of them.
“Anyone who knows me knows I love going to bed, so being up for probably close to 40 hours straight was tough,” Klingler said.
Klingler said that there were “quiet areas” for people to try and rest but noises - like a generator on another team's van - often got in the way of sleep.
The run took place mostly on an open highway with little shoulders, according to Feist. Clausen said that even at 2:30 a.m. there was a significant amount of traffic on the highway.
In the end, the Homestead Running Club placed 370th out of 1148 teams and finished the race in a little over 29 hours.
Most of the members of the team said that they had a good experience and would like to do the run again eventually. They said having done the race and knowing what to expect will help them in the future.
Anyone, fast or slow, can join the Homestead Running Club, according to Feist. They meet at the Coffee Bistro on Saturdays to do group runs. They also use their Facebook page to ask for running partners whenever needed.