It has been a tradition that I write a wrap-up for the Cascade Lakes Relay for the past few years. I cannot tell you how excited I am to start with the Spokane to Sandpoint. If you have written up a race report that you are willing to share with the other participants, we would love to guest post it on here. Please email me at teri at cascaderelays.com to share your write-up. A link to your blog is all I need.

 

This race is something special. I knew it from the moment I arrived at the summit of Mt Spokane and witnessed the team spirit pouring from the vans as you donned your crazy wigs, colorful tu-tus and superhero outfits.

 

I smiled as teams I recognized from previous year’s videos trickled in to the parking lot as the sun climbed up the sky. This race has an amazing, cool energy that is infectious.

 

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Minutes before the start of the race.

 


It’s clear that a family was started long before we arrived. We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and to bring new family members in to the fold. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to bring this race to you, to work on making it even better year after year. But the fact of the matter is that best thing about it are the runners and walkers who choose to take on the challenge of running the Spokane to Sandpoint Relay.

 

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In a Family Way learns a new cheer from our videographer.

 

We loved seeing our veteran teams on the course this year. You can tell the veterans by the way they own the experience – whether it’s providing comic relief or friendly advice. Thank you for coming back to join us again!

 

We were also excited to welcome a bunch of new teams to the relay, and I would even go as far as to say that they brought almost as much enthusiasm as the teams who have been here before. Your willingness to give our race a shot warms our hearts, and we hope that you enjoyed the experience this year. We hope that we will be welcoming you back in 2014.

 

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S2S And A Lotta BS preps for Leg #13.

 

Sometimes we saw things we didn’t understand. I do fully expect to see this character in a video though.

 

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Things that make you go hmm…

 

We have worked hard to improve the safety of this race. We are happy to report that we had a very successful year in terms of safety; our medical staff treated only minor injuries. Your willingness to follow our safety guidelines is crucial in making this happen, and we appreciate that you take our instructions seriously.

 

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Members of the medical team debrief at Bear Creek Lodge.

 

As night fell over the race, I couldn’t help but marvel at your Light Up the Night costumes. Even though the streets of Coeur d’Alene are probably littered with hundreds of glow sticks, you looked amazing. And rigging up your bikes and selves with Christmas lights? Fantastic.

 

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Lighting up the night in Coeur d’Alene

 

As dawn broke on Northern Idaho, we were reminded again of just how beautiful this course truly is. From the golden fields of Spokane, across the bridge at Bowl and Pitcher, and on to the crystal blue waters of Lake Pend Oreille, this is one special course that I would put up against any other relay.

 

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A truly beautiful course.

 

And as you all made your way across the finish line, we couldn’t help but beam with smiles to watch you cheer, leap and high five each other with elation. Yeah, we made the course a lot tougher this year, but you all conquered it with grace and toughness. We imagine you have many stories to tell, and that’s all that we can hope for.

 

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We really loved seeing you all hanging out at the finish line party.

 

We are already hard at work to bring you the 2014 edition of the Spokane to Sandpoint Relay. Registration will open November 1st.

 

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