TRUEBECK RELAY TEAM CRUSHES ENDURANCE EVENT
191 miles, 14 people, 2 days! No problem.
Truebeck partnered with Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) for the annual 2016 Golden Gate Relay – one of the most challenging and scenic races in the Bay Area. Sponsored by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), our runners took on the 9-year legacy of ISPE’s team and ran the 191-mile course from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, raising awareness and funds for Organs ‘R’ Us.
The relay took 40 law enforcement agencies, 36 cities, 7 counties, Caltrans, Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio Trust, National Park Service GGNRA, California State Parks, 20 sponsors, 30 property owners and thousands of runners, walkers and volunteers to accomplish.
Our Team Captain, Jason Beck from Alexandria, had this to say: “As I reflect on the running of this year’s Golden Gate Relay the word that comes to mind is effort. The entire team put forth an incredible effort. From the early morning start, to the heat on both Saturday and Sunday, to the lack of sleep – everyone gave it their all. We had an entire team of newbies as well, who collectively came together and discovered something about themselves. It was a great team effort and I can’t wait till next year!”
For a taste of what it’s like to be on the road to relay race awesomeness, check out the video and story below.
7:30am Saturday we started on our 191-mile journey – fresh-faced, bright-eyed and all smiles, with little idea of the adventure we were embarking on. Van 1 kicked off the relay with our first runner on the road and said goodbye to the other half of our team in Van 2, who would meet us 4 hours later at the first Van exchange point in Napa.
Each and every person was dedicated to our team and the event, putting their all in to every step they took. Personal bests were shattered, barriers broken, and confidence gained.
With no shortage of high-fives and cheering that would make the Gold Rush proud; the team helped push and encourage each other through the challenges of the course.
Through sleepless nights and learning a lot about our fellow colleagues, we were always there to support the needs of our teammates, no matter what.
Our hand-over exchanges were part of the fun, and by the last legs we were confident, seen in this behind-the-back pass.
All modesty and comfort was thrown out the window, and privacy for that matter. Any opportunity for sleep was taken advantage of.
Friendships and bonds formed, antics ensued, and no one was harmed. This is our story as we’re willing to tell it; because what happens in the van, stays in the van!
At the end of it all, 31 hours from when we first set off, we met our final runner – Jaime Golditch – on the beach of his hometown, to cross the finish line as a team. One of the most fun aspects was the diversity of our team, with people from various departments and roles across Truebeck.
Congratulations to the team on a successful journey and strong finish!