Eno Equalizer Race Report, January 2012

I had this saved in draft mode for months, only because I was too busy to write up a report.    I have a new goal to try to post at least one blog per week, in addition to Stacey’s workout tips…do you like those?

In January 2012, two of my daughters did the Eno Equalizer race with me, which was put on by the Godiva Track club.   The race course is rugged four miles in the Eno River state park.  It is a scenic,  hilly trail  that includes crossing a swinging bridge and climbing a mountain!

It was an interesting race format.  When you arrive at the race site, you give them your estimated 5k race time.    Based on that, they assign teams of three, each with a handicap allotment of minutes.    Each team then decides how to divy out the handicap minutes between the three runners.   The goal is for the entire team to cross the finish line at the same time, and the team who has all three members cross first, wins.

When we signed up for the race, we thought we would be our own team.   At first we were disappointed to arrive on the race site only to be told the teams were random.  But, in the end, it turned out to be really fun and we met some cool people.

I ended up on a team with the gym teacher from my daughter’s grade school.   Laura ended up on a team with a woman who does 100 mile races.  Holy cow!    Becky’s teammates included the infamous “Monk” from the trailheads running group.

We were just in the race to have fun, and we didn’t win, but we all had  a great time.

Here are some pictures and a video:

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Here is a video of the finish line – you can see all three of us cross the finish line at the Eno Equalizer.

I cross at 1:40 into the video;
Becky crosses 4:14 into it;
Laura at 7:18.

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