The North Country Trail Relay is more than a race; itâ€™s definitely a Chandler Adventure. This was our 3rd time at this race and our first overnight trip without Ameliaâ€¦ We arrived in Cadillac and had dinner with the full crew of 12 (2 teams of 6) plus a few ride along spectators.
Next, we were off to the annual go-kart racing and ice cream, which is a load of fun.Â There are a couple of really fast cars that make the racing a little tough but the rest of us had some good competition including one spin-out and some smoking of the tires during the skid!
I had the first leg of the race, which started at 6 a.m. I took off with 45 other racers and quickly settled into about 14th place. I ended-up passing 4 other racers during the segment and ended-up in 10th place. My 2nd leg was a few hours later and just the right amount of rest. I took off down a dirt road for about a Â¼ mile where Pete was waiting at the trail entrance. He said, â€œThere are two up ahead of you and one more if you really hustleâ€. It took me a good 2 miles of hard running to catch the first two and then with about 1 mile to go when I started to relax the pace just a little I spotted the next runner so I had to ramp it up even more. I made the pass and was pleased with my effort. My last segment was an easy and short road segment. I ran pretty well but the top end was gone from the previous efforts. Overall, I ran my best ever NCTR and finished all of my segments with a sub 7:00/mile average.