“All Over the Pace” Lands in 1st Place!

October 17th, 2013 | By admin No Comments

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This September, the 12-member Athens team “All Over the Pace” finished first in the Open Women Division (female teams with at least one member under the age of 40) in the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race, one of the longest relay races in the U.S. Their total time was 31 hours and 28 minutes, with an average pace of 9:05/mile (keeping that pace over 27,000 feet of mountain climbing!) through the picturesque Blue Ridge and Black Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Each runner ran three legs of the 208 miles, and each leg varied from two to 10 miles in distance and from ‘easy’ to ‘mountain goat’ in difficulty. Thus, each woman ran from 12 to 22 miles total.

Five members of All Over the Pace ran together last year to raise money for Semper Fi as part of the Marine Corp Marathon, calling themselves ‘Miles for Marines.’ They talked (while running) about how fun it would be to do a running relay.  After some research, they found the Blue Ridge Relay and decided to put together a team to run it. That team became All Over the Pace, whose goal was to work together to accomplish the distance of the relay.

Running can be a very solitary sport, but through the relay experience they came together to run as a unit.  Now, some of All Over the Pace regularly run together and have traveled to several half and full marathons together.

Team organizer and leader Tyra Byers says, “We enjoy running for a number of reasons.  Many of us work and have children, and this provides us with both quiet time and time with friends while staying active and healthy.  Many of us like to set goals and enjoy the sense of accomplishment we receive from achieving them.

If you are interested in seeing a video of the race to get a sense of what it was like, watch  http://youtu.be/S-97Ry6YQCI. For more information about the Blue Ridge Relay, visit www.blueridgerelay.com.
I always say that running keeps me happy, healthy and sane.”

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