Last weekend was not only especially windy and cold, but it also marked the second annual Rouge Orleans Ultra Marathon and Relay.
For those of you unfamiliar with this race, let me break it down for you. You compete as a solo runner or in teams of two, three or six. Your team alternates running all the way from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, which is a meager 126.2 miles.
Oh, what is that you just thought? Who would actually consider participating in this race? Well, shockingly the answer is about 450 runners.
The race started in waves, with the solo runners kicking off the first wave at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 in downtown Baton Rouge. The last of the waves started at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The waves were based on estimated pace and finish time.
Once the teams were off, the runners followed the Mississippi River levee all the way to Audobon Park in New Orleans where they were greeted with cheers, food, drinks and music by The Lewinskys.
Other than being exhausted from lack of sleep and a little delirious, spirits were high as runners crossed the finish line. The main complaints were that the course leg distances were incorrect and runners were having to run extra or less than they had originally planned and the lack of porta-potties. As a runner, the incorrect leg distances can be mentally taxing, especially when running 20+ miles over the course of 24 hours.
For more information on the Rouge Orleans Ultra Marathon & Relay visit their Web site.
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