Wow! What a wild ride! We had so much fun. There ended up being six of us - three teams of two with two crew chiefs shepherding an email list of helpers. As it was our first race, we made some strategic errors and we certainly weren't in any danger of finishing first! But we learned a lot and I cannot wait to do the next one. My partner in prime time finished the race with about 17K steps on her pedometer. I am sore, tired and grinning!
We went to Jurassic Park, sang karaoke, gave flowers to strangers, kisses statues, barrel raced after spinning on a bat, counted handles in an empty condominium, electric outlets at another, identified 5 of the 7 ingredients in chicken salad and more that I can't remember right now. Close to 5 hours worth of tricks and trials. Our bus karma was beautiful. We caught busses when we needed them and were already on the busses when they stopped for others, but were too full to allow them entry! That was pure luck - I actually said to the team "We came into this part of town as a part of a full bus - where is everyone?" As our bus took off to return to the finish line, we found the rest of the people - on the next two stops - and half of them weren't allowed on. So got very lucky. How frustrating would that be?
The weather turned out to be very nice at race's end, but it was wet, cold and foggy when the day started.