The Running Chicks of Portland put on their first ever running event this past Saturday. A Pseudo Fat Ass Relay. Having never run a relay or a fat ass event I was 100% IN.
There are so many relays in my area: Hood to Coast, Ragnar, Epic, Cascade Lakes, Barrel to Keg, the list is endless, but they never fell on days that worked with my schedule and most of them (not all) required multiple days to complete – and it just never worked for me.
Not only was this event 100% local, it was only 31.6 miles and could be easily completed within the 6 hour time restriction. That it was put on by a group I’m so proud to be a member of and ended with pizza, beer and tons of raffle prizes was simply a bonus!
Fat Ass events don’t cost any money, have no support and no finisher medals. It’s simply an opportunity for a group of people to get out and run a great distance because they enjoy it. This was a “pseudo” fat ass event because it cost a little money ($8 each); had minimal support (each team was required to provide 1 volunteer) and they gave us medals at the end (and pizza and raffle prizes!)
The teams could be 2 – 6 runners. Our team, Haulin’ Sass, had 4 runners. There were 6 legs so two of us ran twice and the other two ran once. I ran legs 1 and 3 which totaled a little over 10 miles. Both of my legs were on the Springwater trail so it was fairly simple, I just ran straight and followed the trail. Legs 5 and 6 were a little trickier and our leg 5 runner got a little lost and added over a mile to her 6.9 mile leg – she actually ran 8.2 (in record time no less!) thankfully she called me to ask if she had missed a turn and I was able to direct her back on track – it was a total learning experience, but oh my gosh was it so much fun! Even though it rained it was So.Much.Fun!
I adore my teammates.
There were two contests within the event. A “Team Name” contest and a “Team Costume” contest. The voting was done by all of the chicks, not just the ones running the relay (the group has almost 300 members). Because we were “Haulin’ Sass” we went with a trucker themed look. We wore flannel shirts, trucker hats, jean cut off shorts (one of us wore a skirt) and drew on mustaches. Here is our team picture.
Other teams were: The Badass Honey Badgers
3 Cougars and a Little Kitty
And Trash Talkers
There were also: The Salted Slugs, A Herd of Turtles, Vitamin R, Runners from Another Mother, Team CPR and Chicks Ala Rode. There were 10 teams total.
I had leg 1, which was at the beginning of the Springwater Trail in Boring. The trail was a dirt track for the first 2 miles and then it hit pavement. The total distance for this leg was 5.4 miles. It was a pleasant run, I saw deer and thought about stopping to take a picture, but didn’t. It was raining and I thought it totally inappropriate for me to put my team into last place so soon after starting because I wanted to take a picture!
It was a pleasant run and I was energized to come around the corner and see my teammates waiting to take the bracelet from me!
If I had known better I would probably have opted to run two legs back to back, like another team did. It was kind of trying (mentally) to run and then sit for an hour and then go out and run for another hour. But it was fun, fun, fun.
Our team finished 7th which was pretty great considering none of us were very fast runners. Since it wasn’t a race we were running to WIN it was fine. The only requirement was that we finish before 4 p.m. and we finished at 3:30 so everything was good.
The finish was at a pizza joint in SE Portland owned by a Chick (she ran on the Chicks Ala Rode team). They donated 4 pies and we were able to purchase beer and wine and other food. Beer was totally in order and we packed the pizza joint. After all the teams were in the raffle drawings were held and I didn’t expect to win anything because I never win in raffles, but I actually did win a free training program with one of the local running stores – very cool!! Then, our team won for BEST COSTUME!! We each won a bottle of wine. Score!!
One thing about our team that I was really happy about is that we treated our volunteer as if she was a team member. She dressed like us, even though she wasn’t running and really felt like an integral part of the team. Next year, however she’s going to run – I have no doubt. We will have to look elsewhere for a volunteer.
Blue Eyes came to the pizza place after he got off work and had pizza and beer with us – it was fun. I think we all drank a tad bit more beer than we likely should have, but it felt good to unwind with the ladies after running our bee-hinds off during the day. Our race directors informed us that without a doubt there would be a relay next year! I can hardly wait!! So much fun!!