Sunday, August 19, 2012


Jake and I did the So Cal Ragnar.  A 200 mile relay race from Huntington Beach to San Diego!  You have 2 vans with 6 runners in each van and you compete for 36 hours straight!  It was awesome!  It was much more fun than I ever thought!  
 Can you see Jake at the starting line?
Here's most of our team at the first handoff.   Jeff, Jamie, Kari, Cindy, Simone, Amy, Me, Ryan, and Jeremy.  (Travis was passing off to Archie, and Jake was cheering them on!)  

 Van one!

Me getting ready to run my last leg!
I did it!  Barely!
Simone hauling!
Travis, I think all of his runs were up hill!!
Afterwards we had our post race celebration at Filippis Grotto Pizza.  The food was unbelievable!

SO... here's how it all went down.  We had a team of 12, Jake paid the entry fee $1300.  Then 6 of our team members had BYU graduation and couldn't race.  Well that opened the door to everyone but Jake, Travis and I dropping out!  Since we had already paid the fee and Jake had his heart set on competing in this race we got desperate and asked everyone we could think of to join our team.  Since we were in the hospital TWICE with Mitchell while training for this race Jake even asked some of our nurses who we found out were runners.  Finally Simone came through and found EIGHT runners to drive up from Utah and be on our team!  Because Mitchell kept getting sick I was unable to train like I wanted, but somehow I made it!  I got the easiest legs of all and ran 4.9 miles, 6.2 miles, and 2 miles.  Jake ran the first 4.9 with me and his total was almost 30 miles!  There was such a feeling of comradeship as you cheered and offered support for your team.  Since it was a relay you wanted your team to do good, and since the legs were so long you could actually cheer for each other.  I had a blast.  It was amazing to be able to share something like that with Jake.  He is such a fast runner I NEVER would have seen him in any other race.  

Jake and I at the end in our twinner gear!

We drove our kids down to Lynsey's to watch Mitchell (for the 1st night) and Allison's to watch Reesa and Jansen.  Then Jim and Lenora watched Mitchell the 2nd night. By the time we got in it was 1 am and we had to get up at 5 am to race the next day.  Driving my kids all over was probably the most stressful part of the whole race!  After that Jake and I had so much fun being adults together with all our friends.  Everyone helped out so much so we could do this race.  THANK YOU!  Priceless memories!


  1. that is awesome! what an accomplishment and so cool to do it as a couple!

  2. Kellie! You look amazing! I am NOT a runner so I admire anyone that is or can run more than 3 miles! Hahahah! This looked like an awesome experience! I've heard those relay races are so fun! Glad you had a great time! I'm so proud of you! Miss & love you!

  3. Wow Kellie! Way to go! That is so neat that you guys were able to do that together! Your Easter post just broke my heart. I hope Mitchel is doing better. You must be extra special parents to take such good care of such a precious, sweet boy. God bless you for all you are doing!!! Wish we lived closer. I think you sent me your e-mail so I guess I should e-mail you rather than leave a novel on your blog :)! Love ya!

  4. That is so cool! I can't believe how much the admission fee is! CRAZY! I'm so glad it all worked out for you guys- Christopher is a huge runner and we use to run together. Back when we didn't have kids or Elodie was super small. It's harder now to run together but I love it when we get a chance to!