The day dawned early for the start of our adventure! After going to bed at 1 am, we were up at 5:30 to get ready and head over to opening ceremonies. We hauled our luggage out to the truck and then began the walking over to the ceremony site. We stood and stood and stood . . . and watched the sun rise over the first bridge on the route. FINALLY, we were off at 7:48 . . . 60 miles had begun!
Just over 1,400 people walked and over $4-million was raised. Our team of six raised $15,130!
We walked over the Sand Key Bridge and along Clearwater Beach. Just before we hit the Memorial Causeway (the next bridge), we experienced our first pit stop. Giddy with excitement, we used the porta-potties and grabbed LOTS of snacks. Little did we know how many more porta-potties we’d visit and how many more snacks and drinks we’d have throughout the 3 days.
As we walked over the bridge, several of Theresa’s co-workers were stationed with a big team sign for us. Diana’s office was armed with snacks and cheers just a little way up the road. With all these cheering stations, we were pretty motivated – but we were only at mile 4!
The morning walk took us through lots of neighborhoods along the water. We saw some gorgeous houses and walked through great areas where people had set up small stations to motivate us on – there was lots of Halloween candy and water to be had. However, it was getting HOT. Friday’s heat index brought us to the 100 degree mark and shade got scarce. At mile 11, lunch was served in a park – we sat and relaxed and then started back up.
At mile 17 – the “Energizer” sponsored pit stop – we knew we were in the home stretch, only 5 miles back to camp. Little did we know how LOOOONNNNGGG those last 5 miles would be! Jessica, Mary and Patty took the bus back to camp while Diana, Debby and Theresa trudged forward. The bus may have been a good call, however, because a hot, 2-mile bridge hike in the sun (with no breeze) was no fun! As we finally saw the next cheer station, then the next pit stop, we knew we had “1 mile” to go (we started cursing those signs – by Day 3 people got cute and started writing “1 mile-ish” on the signs). As we rounded the corner to camp, the music was blaring and the cheering started. The team was reunited in camp – we made it – Day 1 – 22 miles!
Everyone headed straight for dinner. Theresa, however, was feeling a little off. So, she visited the medical tent, laid down, cooled down and concluded the heat was a bit much. A team decision was reached there would be NO CAMPING. Quick as a wink, the bags were assembled, cab was called and we headed home to sleep in real beds and take real showers. SUPERB judgement call!
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