The 27th annual Great Lakes Relay is in the books. After what started out to be a very hot summer, we managed to have a weekend where the weather broke. Friday morning dawned with temps in the mid 50's! Saturday saw on and off rain and temps in the mid 70's and in Empire on Sunday the sun came out and we were greeted by a perfect afternoon with the bonus of a fog bank that rolled in.
Day 1 saw the teams run through a course mostly on dirt roads culminating with the legendary Tommy Toyota run. Meat Train beat Nondescript and Inoffensive across the line in the open division while Bernie's Brigade set the pace in the mixed. Day two proved to be challenging with the combination of rain and a difficult course on the North Country Trail and Shore to Shore Trail. The standings would get shuffled with the teams staying on course having the advantage. Meat Train and Nondescript and Inoffensive set themselves apart from the rest of the Open filed and were only separated by 8 seconds for the second day of running. In the Mixed division, Meat Flop had a good second day while Facemelters=S made a move up the leader board. The third day out to Empire is a fast one with fewer chances to get lost. Nondescript and Inoffensive flexed their muscle and pulled away from the field finishing 25 minutes ahead of the second and third Open teams while averaging 5:32 pace for the day winning the Open title again! Over in the Mixed division, last year's champ, Bernie's Brigade, had a good day coming across the finish line first but it wasn't enough to overtake Meat Flop who claimed the top spot for the first time.
Thank you to all of the runners for looking out for each other, sheltering fellow runners in the rain, helping injured runners on the course and showing sportsmanship that makes this such a great sport. Nick, Bob and the entire GLR Crew look forward to seeing you all next year!
2018 Results - for those of you who have concurrent forms not turned in, please email those to Jackie so she can update the results.
The race is run with the help of our friends at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United State Forest Service.
Apparently there is a third trophy for the race that we just found out about.
Julia Winter, captain of The Gingerbread Girls wrote a blog that captures the essence of the relay. Follow this link to read her blog.