A Racing Team

Capitola Half Marathon Relay

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Surfer’s Path Marathon & Capitola Half Marathon & Relay in Santa Cruz, California.

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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.

Charmin, Dan, Marty & Hillary at the start

Charmin, Dan, Marty & Hillary at the start

It was a quick start and then they were off.

The start

The start

Marty running into the relay transition

Marty running into the relay transition

Charmin headed into the relay transition

Charmin headed into the relay transition

And just like that, less than 50 minutes later all of our relay teams were onto the second leg.

Rebecca, Benoit, Meg & Leslie

Rebecca, Benoit, Meg & Leslie at the relay transition

Dan & Benoit were strongly in first place for the relay at this point (and therefore first place for the men’s division)

Benoit sprinting into the finish

Benoit sprinting into the finish

Rebecca & Marty were right behind them, in third place overall, and first placed for the mixed relay.

Rebecca striding into the sandy finish

Rebecca striding into the sandy finish

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…)

Leslie finishing strong on the beach

Leslie finishing strong on the beach

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!

Meg coming into the finish strong

Meg coming into the finish strong

It was definitely a great day for SCE, two 1st places and very respectable 2nd & 3rd places behind some incredible competition.

The SCE Relay teams at the finish

The SCE Relay teams at the finish

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.

Hillary, Laura, Meg & Elise

Hillary, Laura, Meg & Elise

But, contrary to common thought, we’re not all about winning and seriousness, we have fun too:

Charmin & Leslie goofin' off

Charmin & Leslie goofin’ off

What a great weekend for racing, volunteering and just having fun as a team!

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