Tuesday, March 3, 2009

From the long lost captain....

Hey ladies~

Sorry I have been MIA for a while.  February proved to be a harder month for me than I expected.  I think it is because we finally slowed down long enough for the last few months to really settle into our everyday life.  But it is March now and that means a good time to get back on track.  So here is where we stand....

1.  As far as legs I have got team #1 done.  Team #2 I need info from the following people so I can make educated assignments  :)  If you name is on this list please send me an email with which legs you would like....
1.  Angie R
2.  Jennifer P
3. Sarai F
4.  Amy P
5.  Tiffany N
6.  Marianne L
7.  Bethany G

So leg assignments for team #1 are the following at the moment.  If you see something very very wrong let me know and we can get things switched up.

Runner #1  Chelle B
Runner #2  Erin B
Runner #3  Kristyn M
Runner #4  Jill C
Runner #5  Kelly M
Runner #6  Sarah G
Runner #7  Patti D
Runner #8  Lindsay E
Runner #9  Amy H
Runner #10  Roxann
Runner #11  Jenny O
Runner #12  Kari A

2.  We have had a few changes on each of the teams.  I think I have everything correct but if you see something I missed let me know and I can get it fixed.  Also I got an email from Jodi this morning saying that she has an injury which is going to make it impossible for her to join us this year.  So that being said we have one more spot on team 2.  Let's try to get this filled soon.

3.  Runner info with Ragnar.  Several people have not accepted the waiver with Ragnar.  You should have gotten an email from either me (team 1) or Mandy (team 2).  If you need that again let me know and we will get another email sent out to you. 
(still need Chelle, Amy H, Jenny O, Kari A, and a few from team two... Mandy can you let us know)

4.  Introductions are going well but some of you are still in hiding!  Someone suggested linking to peoples introductions so we have.  On the right column if you scroll down past the first list of teams (those links are to peoples blogs) you will see a second version of the same list but names link to their introduction post.  If yours isn't a link yet we are waiting to hear from you.  If you need another invite to the blog let me know and I will get that to you. If you are not a blogger and need help getting things figured out let me know and I can play tech support (that is another hat I wear with my friends and family)

5. VANS!  Do we want them.  I checked around and found Avis has them.  To get 2 for a team it would be about $85 a person to rent them.  We should make a decision on this fairly quickly so we can get them booked as I am sure they will get booked up quickly.  Email me and let me know your thoughts in the next couple of days.  Each team can be different.  After our experience here in Texas I feel the vans are  a VERY VERY good thing.

6.  Is that enough to leave your head spinning?  It is mine so I am out of here for now but promise to be back soon, very very soon!

Erin: info@theribbonspot.com


Kelly(M&M) said...

Hey Erin,

Thanks for doing all this work! I will admit I am nervous for my first leg, but I am excited for the race. Can't wait to hang out with everyone.

Tall Girl Running said...
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Tall Girl Running said...


I'll get serious about deciding which legs I'd be interested in running and contact you soon. Are there certain legs that are taken that I shouldn't waste my time even looking at?

Also, regarding the vans: another $85 per person sounds like a lot of money to come up with for transportation. If some of us have large vehicles (suburbans or minivans), are we able to volunteer the use of them instead of renting vans? Splitting the cost of fuel sounds a lot more appealing. Just curious!

Mel said...

Thanks for doing this Erin & Mandy!

I too think it would be best to avoid renting vans if possible. Just my two cents...

amydear said...

I emailed you about a week ago, Erin! I will send it again, though. I would rather not spend another $85. On top of race fees and my plane ticket, my husband is starting to raise his eyebrows. But I don't live in Utah or have a car there, so beggars can't be choosers, or something like that. : ) Thanks for the hard work.

Suzie Petunia said...

If we don't rent a van, what exactly would be our other options? A van probably is the best way to go. I've done Hood to Coast twice and I've never done it any other way, so I'm not sure what else we're considering.

I could possibly look into borrowing one of my siblings' mini vans who live in Utah.

I am really looking forward to this fun running adventure with all of you! I'll get my introduction up there soon.

Mel said...

I'm not trying to make it difficult with the van situation. Actually, I'm very willing to fork out the money if that's what people want to do. However, there are quite a few of us from Utah. I have a minivan that seats 8 that I would be willing to use. I just need to get my husbands okay as he will be the one hauling the kids around in in our very small car for two days which wouldn't normally be a problem but little mans wheelchair doesn't fit in there. Does anybody else have a minivan or suburban?

Okay everybody, don't hate me but I'm wondering if it would be easier to make these decisions if the two teams were divided. It sounds a lot more feasible to come up with 2 vans and 3 volunteers than it does 4 vans and 6 volunteers.

JP said...

Head is totally spinning! LOL

I will do whatever you tell me to, Yoda.

Kristyn said...

I'm cool with whatever...but....is it even possible for six women to sleep in a minivan or do we camp out under the stars for an hour or so at a time? I'll do whatever others want to do, but the more comfortable the better! I'm just excited to run it with you all!

Tall Girl Running said...

I'd volunteer the use of my minivan also. It seats seven including the driver. Am I correct in understanding we don't necessarily have to sleep in the vehicles we're driving? Aren't there going to be stations along the entire route (such as schools) where we're able to sleep and shower? I assumed the vehciles were really only for getting our runners from one place to the next.

For what it's worth, I also agree it might be easier to make decisions based on each individual team's needs and preferences.

The Eberhardt Family said...

i am game for whatever. but, i would like to throw out there that if we use people's cars, that we at least pony up money to have them washed and cleaned on the inside after the race. it does get a little cramped and stinky in there with all us crazy runner folk.

we don't really have to worry too much about sleep; there are stations to use, and frankly, you won't get much regardless of being in the car or on the ground.

can't wait!

Sarai said...

I agree with trying to avoid spending another $85 bucks. I have a Yukon that seats 7 people, including the driver, that I'm also willing to volunteer to have us use if neccesary. I have not really gone over the leg assignment deal, but will get to it and back to you ASAP. Can't wait!

Tall Girl Running said...


I emailed you my leg preferences a few days ago... did they make it to you?

Chelle said...

I would be more than happy to donate my van for my group It's a Toyota Sienna and I live in SLC. It makes much more sense to use my van and then pitch in for me to get it washed from top to bottom than to rent a van! : ) Hopefully that takes care of that. Also, I can find us at least one of our volunteers. And maybe more if we get desperate!

Jen said...

Erin, I have a friend who is interested in being the 12th person on the 2nd team if the spot is still available. Her name is Heather and I gave her your e-mail address. Let me know if the spot is still open! Thanks for all your hard work.

Polliwog said...

Late to the party (as usual) but I would also rather not pay for vans. I think I can get a Suburban from my parents. The idea of pitching in for gas/cleaning is a good one.