25 Jun 2007 20:59:41
Wasatch Back Relay RR

Daniel Olsen

Race Report

Wasatch Back Relay

June 22nd-23rd



I haven't written a race report in a pretty long time. I
enjoyed running in high school a lot this year. Sure there were a few
disappointments, but there were good parts that made up for it. In cross
country I normally ran in the late 17 minute range for my 5k's. I was a
little disappointed about my region race because originally I was the 4th
fastest in the region, but at region I finished 15th. I didn't individually
qualify, and our team got 5th in region, so I didn't get to run at state
this year. In track, I was a lot more lucky. My best time in the mile was
a 4:49. At region, I had a pretty good 2 mile race, and qualified for state
by only .35 seconds. I was happy that our boys team won region. At state,
I got a 14 second PR in the 2 mile of 10:19.

This summer, I got to take a short break from running. After a
few weeks I then started up on my cross country summer training. During my
second week of training, I got to participate in an awesome race called the
Wasatch Back Relays. It's a pretty cool team race in Utah that can be
either on the 126, or 176 mile route. I got the opportunity to be on a team
of some of the fastest High School runners in Cache Valley and Box Elder
County. There are 12 runners that can participate on a team. It was pretty
cool because I've run against a lot of these kids in middle school and high
school.

On Thursday, we had a team pasta dinner in Logan at the Olive
Garden. We talked a little bit on how the race would go. The course has
each runner on the team run 2 legs. I had leg 5 and leg 17, and they were
both ranked as medium runs. It was pretty exciting, because we would have
runners going through the night.

On Friday our team drove down to Ogden where the high school
teams started. My friend Neal told me that last year there was a girl his
age at the starting line that was a really good singer that sang for their
team. She also signed some of the race numbers of the guys on the team, and
gave one her phone number. She was there again this year, and she sang to
our team. Shortly after that, our first runner started off.

After our first runner started, we were pretty busy. We were
frequently driving around to cheer and give water, while taking our runner
in our van to his next leg to get a decent warm up. While we were cheering
for our first runner, we saw that he was behind a kid from the Davis team.
Our coach told him good job, and he responded by whacking his hand on some
construction sign to brag about how fast he was. This somewhat ticked off
our team, and we were determined to beat Davis by the end. Our first runner
was running pretty fast at just a little slower than a five minute pace for
a downhill 7.8 miles, but he was still a minute or two behind the Davis kid.
We were lucky that Davis took a wrong turn. Our van went back to tell them.
They took up about 2 minutes doing that.

After 4 legs, it was my turn. I started my leg at around 10 pm.
It was a 5.4 mile course. I felt like I did pretty well, except my shoe got
untied in the first 100 yards. I ran with a vest and a headlamp through a
dark road. The course had a few tiny hills, but nothing steep at all.
During the run, my van stopped to encourage and give me water. I was
feeling pretty confident as I passed people. I felt like my pace was pretty
strong as I finished. My coach didn't time my leg, but I'm guessing that it
was either a little faster or slower than a 6 minute pace. After my leg, I
was pretty exhausted. I ate a little, and they took us to the trailer to
try and get some rest.

Well I didn't get any sleep at all. My next run was at 5 in the
morning. It was a

4.1 mile course. I was happy that the course was almost all downhill. I
didn't time my leg, but I know that I was around a 6 minute pace again. Our
team ended up beating Davis by 33 minutes to take first in our age division,
and first overall (since we had a pretty good staggered head start on the
BYU and Weber cross country teams. They did 50 miles longer than us, and
they started the race at 1 o'clock in Logan.) Our team was around 12 hours
and 45 minutes. We were pretty proud of ourselves. I guess there was a
referee that said we got a time penalty for bringing a camper on the course.
Nobody told us about that rule, even though we did it last year and this
year, but they said we should have read the Wasatch Back Manual. We didn't
really care about that setback. We knew that we won the race, and we were
happy with how we ran. It looks like there are going to be a lot of fast
runners from the schools in Northern Utah that ran with us. I was the only
Logan kid that got to run on the team, and there were a few kids that were
the only ones from their schools, but Mountain Crest and Bear River had a
bunch of fast kids from their schools.

On the way home I got to have a good nap. I walked into the
house and took another long nap. I know that this was an awesome racing
experience for me, and I can't wait to make my own team after I graduate
next year!




26 Jun 2007 08:40:02
Dot
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR

TenKMan wrote:
> Daniel Olsen
>
> Race Report
>
> Wasatch Back Relay
>
> June 22nd-23rd
>
>
>
> I haven't written a race report in a pretty long time.

Yea, we've noticed! Glad to see another report from you. Bummer about
your region xc but great about your region track.

Sounds like your relay was a fun time and great experience. Those long
relays always sound like a neat time (except for the road aspect) with
lots of running as well as chances to chat with others.
...

> Our
> team ended up beating Davis by 33 minutes to take first in our age division,

Congratulations on 1st in age division.


> and first overall (since we had a pretty good staggered head start on the
> BYU and Weber cross country teams. They did 50 miles longer than us, and
> they started the race at 1 o'clock in Logan.)

Can you explain this further? I'm confused (happens easily). Was it only
high school teams doing the 126 mi and college teams in the 176 mi (with
earlier start?) and seeing who could finish first? or was the race open
to anyone? Usually the different distances are considered different
races, at least up here, but sometimes they have staggered starts and
the shorter race participants try to catch the longer race participants
- but they're really different races. (Or I might be reading this too
late at night.)

Ok, I googled and realized it's open to anyone. And it looks like each
team may have had a different start time?


Our team was around 12 hours
> and 45 minutes. We were pretty proud of ourselves.

As well you should be!! Congratulations.


> On the way home I got to have a good nap. I walked into the
> house and took another long nap. I know that this was an awesome racing
> experience for me, and I can't wait to make my own team after I graduate
> next year!

Sounds like you've got lots of running adventures that you're planning.

Good luck in your senior year of running.

Dot

--
"The goal is training and adaptation, not destruction and injury."
- John Hardy
http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au/misc/training.shtml



26 Jun 2007 06:48:32
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR


"Dot" <dot.h@#duh?att.net > wrote in message
news:Ch4gi.120996$Sa4.61410@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
>
> Can you explain this further? I'm confused (happens easily). Was it only
> high school teams doing the 126 mi and college teams in the 176 mi (with
> earlier start?)

Hi Dot,

Yes, that is what happened. High school teams did the shorter distance and
other teams did the longer distance with staggered starts (this thing has
gotten huge!!!) and Daniel's team was the first to enter Park City. Thanks
for noticing, I'll be happy to get my trail running buddy back next year but
his senior year will be a blast.

It was hot and a few teams dropped out but the Ranar climg is the pinnacle.
It goes from ~7500 feet to ~9200 feet in what I remember was less than a
mile maybe less than a half and you run it in the middle of the night. It
turns out that there is not as much oxygen at 9200 feet ... ;-)

> and seeing who could finish first? or was the race open to anyone? Usually
> the different distances are considered different races, at least up here,
> but sometimes they have staggered starts and the shorter race participants
> try to catch the longer race participants - but they're really different
> races. (Or I might be reading this too late at night.)




26 Jun 2007 15:50:21
Dot
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR

TenKMan wrote:
> "Dot" <dot.h@#duh?att.net> wrote in message
> news:Ch4gi.120996$Sa4.61410@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
>
>>Can you explain this further? I'm confused (happens easily). Was it only
>>high school teams doing the 126 mi and college teams in the 176 mi (with
>>earlier start?)
>
>
> Hi Dot,
>
> Yes, that is what happened. High school teams did the shorter distance and
> other teams did the longer distance with staggered starts (this thing has
> gotten huge!!!) and Daniel's team was the first to enter Park City.

Ok, got it. Thanks for the clarification. Yea, I was noticing on the web
page how much it's grown in about 4 yrs, iirc.


> Thanks
> for noticing, I'll be happy to get my trail running buddy back next year but
> his senior year will be a blast.

But then he'll be off to college. ;)

>
> It was hot and a few teams dropped out but the Ranar climg is the pinnacle.
> It goes from ~7500 feet to ~9200 feet in what I remember was less than a
> mile maybe less than a half and you run it in the middle of the night. It
> turns out that there is not as much oxygen at 9200 feet ... ;-)

That's a good climb for a road course. Geez, kids leave out the most
interesting parts. ;)

Dot

--
"The goal is training and adaptation, not destruction and injury."
- John Hardy
http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au/misc/training.shtml



26 Jun 2007 09:21:47
D Stumpus
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR

Nice report.

I've run in 6 or 7 relay races of up to 50 miles. They were always great
fun.

Sounds like you're hooked!




27 Jun 2007 10:55:29
Anthony
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR

Daniel - thanks for the interesting report.

And good luck with your running!

Anthony.




27 Jun 2007 06:23:11
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR


"D Stumpus" <dstumpus_NOSP@mindspring.com > wrote in message
news:PuKdnWfZluiIoBzbnZ2dnUVZ_h6vnZ2d@giganews.com...
> Nice report.
>
> I've run in 6 or 7 relay races of up to 50 miles. They were always great
> fun.
>
> Sounds like you're hooked!

Thank you, yes I am hooked and I plan to do my fiirst marathon next year
after I graduate from high school.
>
>




27 Jun 2007 06:23:30
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR


"Anthony" <anthony@nospam.mail.biu.ac.il > wrote in message
news:f5t55c$du5$1@news.iucc.ac.il...
> Daniel - thanks for the interesting report.
>
> And good luck with your running!


Thank you.
> Anthony.
>




27 Jun 2007 09:11:44
Teresa Bippert-Plymate
Re: Wasatch Back Relay RR

Great job Daniel! That relay sounds like a lot of fun. Your
team did SUPER! Thanks for the detailed an excellent report, it
was fun to read.

Teresa in AZ

TenKMan wrote:
> Daniel Olsen
>
> Race Report
>
> Wasatch Back Relay
>
> June 22nd-23rd
>
>
>
> I haven't written a race report in a pretty long time. I
> enjoyed running in high school a lot this year. Sure there were a few
> disappointments, but there were good parts that made up for it. In cross
> country I normally ran in the late 17 minute range for my 5k's. I was a
> little disappointed about my region race because originally I was the 4th
> fastest in the region, but at region I finished 15th. I didn't individually
> qualify, and our team got 5th in region, so I didn't get to run at state
> this year. In track, I was a lot more lucky. My best time in the mile was
> a 4:49. At region, I had a pretty good 2 mile race, and qualified for state
> by only .35 seconds. I was happy that our boys team won region. At state,
> I got a 14 second PR in the 2 mile of 10:19.
>
> This summer, I got to take a short break from running. After a
> few weeks I then started up on my cross country summer training. During my
> second week of training, I got to participate in an awesome race called the
> Wasatch Back Relays. It's a pretty cool team race in Utah that can be
> either on the 126, or 176 mile route. I got the opportunity to be on a team
> of some of the fastest High School runners in Cache Valley and Box Elder
> County. There are 12 runners that can participate on a team. It was pretty
> cool because I've run against a lot of these kids in middle school and high
> school.
>
> On Thursday, we had a team pasta dinner in Logan at the Olive
> Garden. We talked a little bit on how the race would go. The course has
> each runner on the team run 2 legs. I had leg 5 and leg 17, and they were
> both ranked as medium runs. It was pretty exciting, because we would have
> runners going through the night.
>
> On Friday our team drove down to Ogden where the high school
> teams started. My friend Neal told me that last year there was a girl his
> age at the starting line that was a really good singer that sang for their
> team. She also signed some of the race numbers of the guys on the team, and
> gave one her phone number. She was there again this year, and she sang to
> our team. Shortly after that, our first runner started off.
>
> After our first runner started, we were pretty busy. We were
> frequently driving around to cheer and give water, while taking our runner
> in our van to his next leg to get a decent warm up. While we were cheering
> for our first runner, we saw that he was behind a kid from the Davis team.
> Our coach told him good job, and he responded by whacking his hand on some
> construction sign to brag about how fast he was. This somewhat ticked off
> our team, and we were determined to beat Davis by the end. Our first runner
> was running pretty fast at just a little slower than a five minute pace for
> a downhill 7.8 miles, but he was still a minute or two behind the Davis kid.
> We were lucky that Davis took a wrong turn. Our van went back to tell them.
> They took up about 2 minutes doing that.
>
> After 4 legs, it was my turn. I started my leg at around 10 pm.
> It was a 5.4 mile course. I felt like I did pretty well, except my shoe got
> untied in the first 100 yards. I ran with a vest and a headlamp through a
> dark road. The course had a few tiny hills, but nothing steep at all.
> During the run, my van stopped to encourage and give me water. I was
> feeling pretty confident as I passed people. I felt like my pace was pretty
> strong as I finished. My coach didn't time my leg, but I'm guessing that it
> was either a little faster or slower than a 6 minute pace. After my leg, I
> was pretty exhausted. I ate a little, and they took us to the trailer to
> try and get some rest.
>
> Well I didn't get any sleep at all. My next run was at 5 in the
> morning. It was a
>
> 4.1 mile course. I was happy that the course was almost all downhill. I
> didn't time my leg, but I know that I was around a 6 minute pace again. Our
> team ended up beating Davis by 33 minutes to take first in our age division,
> and first overall (since we had a pretty good staggered head start on the
> BYU and Weber cross country teams. They did 50 miles longer than us, and
> they started the race at 1 o'clock in Logan.) Our team was around 12 hours
> and 45 minutes. We were pretty proud of ourselves. I guess there was a
> referee that said we got a time penalty for bringing a camper on the course.
> Nobody told us about that rule, even though we did it last year and this
> year, but they said we should have read the Wasatch Back Manual. We didn't
> really care about that setback. We knew that we won the race, and we were
> happy with how we ran. It looks like there are going to be a lot of fast
> runners from the schools in Northern Utah that ran with us. I was the only
> Logan kid that got to run on the team, and there were a few kids that were
> the only ones from their schools, but Mountain Crest and Bear River had a
> bunch of fast kids from their schools.
>
> On the way home I got to have a good nap. I walked into the
> house and took another long nap. I know that this was an awesome racing
> experience for me, and I can't wait to make my own team after I graduate
> next year!
>
>