This past weekend was the 2nd annual Surfer’s Path Marathon & Capitola Half Marathon & Relay in Santa Cruz, California.
Last year, a few of our members participated in the marathon and half marathon, after entering, but this year, we opted to put together 4 relay teams: a men’s team, a mixed team and 2 women’s teams.
But, before a race can happen, there has to be volunteers to put the race together, and SCE came together in a large part for that. Elise is a committee member on Surfers Path Marathon & Capitola Half Marathon, and she recruited a few members to do race neighborhood notification a few weeks prior to the event as well as SCE members to work the registration/bib pick up table at the Expo the day before the event. In return, SCE received free registration for all relay teams, as well as a number of free entries to next year’s event.
The half marathon relay started at 7:00am at the Boardwalk, along with both the marathon & half marathon races. Being as it was a small event (1800), there wasn’t a big problem with all three events starting at the same time. Our runners were up bright and early, and the first half of the relay runners were ready to go.
It was a quick start and then they were off.
And just like that, less than 50 minutes later all of our relay teams were onto the second leg.
Dan & Benoit were strongly in first place for the relay at this point (and therefore first place for the men’s division)
Rebecca & Marty were right behind them, in third place overall, and first placed for the mixed relay.
Just behind them were Leslie & Charmin, who took second in the women’s relay (behind two of our speedy friends Michelle & Margaret and another unknown team of 1 person…)
And our final team was Meg & Hillary, who came in 3rd place women’s relay without actually racing the event. Imagine what would’ve happened if they had raced!
It was definitely a great day for SCE, two 1st places and very respectable 2nd & 3rd places behind some incredible competition.
And of course, a shot with the fabulous Laura who is our incredible photographer (and responsible for all photos in this post), and Elise, the fearless volunteer.
But, contrary to common thought, we’re not all about winning and seriousness, we have fun too:
What a great weekend for racing, volunteering and just having fun as a team!