began with two fragmented relay teams and assorted zany characters.
Consider it karma, a "roll of the die" by the Fates
or divine intervention; any way that you frame it, it was perfect
chemistry from the beginning...
a flurry of emails just two weeks prior to the 2006 Wild Miles
Relay, two fragmented relay teams were able to assemble under
the collective name of "Team Thrown Together at the End of
the Road." It was a team comprised of relatively complete
strangers, traveling from as far as Fargo, North Dakota, to compete
on this team. The ages of the runners spanned from 18 to 43 years
of age - two women and 8 men.
congregating at the Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, CA,
on Friday evening, April 28, the moment finally arrived: for teammates
to finally meet each other.
initial introductions extended, Team Thrown Together (TTT) headed
to downtown Borrego Springs for a strategy dinner at the local
establishment, Carlee's. Drinks and pasta complemented the conversation,
as the group shared family stories and hopes of the upcoming race.
Several minutes were then shared debating over who would be assigned
the 3rd Leg, the Grapevine, of the race. The debate was lively
and heated as team members battled for the honor of this carefree
leg of the race. The decision finally came down to Matt Allsopp
and Lee Hoedl. Lee emerged victorious after three rounds of "Rock-Paper-Scissor"
and the Grapevine became his honor.
Captain Caleb Eames gathered up waiver forms before anyone had
a chance to change their mind, while Arnold Ramirez, team EMT,
covered the procedure for properly splinting a broken leg and
criteria for identifying if one has been hit by a car while running.
All of this would put the team's worries at rest.
carbo-loading complete at Carlee's, the team members bid each
other a good night's sleep and retired back to the Palm Canyon
Team Thrown Together would have to wait until morning to welcome
the fate that would face them...