Who in their right mind would sign up for a 200 mile race? That’s what the Reach the Beach Race relay organizers asked the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation when they generously offered the Division a relay team. Twelve crazy runners jumped at the opportunity. We may not be in the right mind, but we are always in the adventure mind!
If you are not familiar with the Reach the Beach Relay Race planned for New Hampshire on September 14 and 15, let us help to catch you up to speed. It is a 200 mile race that starts at Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park and crosses the finish line in Hampton Beach State Park. Yes, that is 200 miles in 24 hours! They have another 200 mile relay in Massachusetts and a new one starting this year in New Jersey. New Hampshire will always be the proud location of their original relay 13 glorious years ago!
Our team name is the NH State Park Bloggers which means that we have blogging to do. We will keep you up-to-date with pictures and video using our new GoPro camera on our training progress throughout the summer and into the fall. We had our first meeting at the delicious, fun, and funky Foster’s Boiler Room Restaurant at the Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth to talk about local races that we can sign up for, how we can use this awesome opportunity to promote our amazing state parks, and to pin down a To-Do list.
More importantly, we all agreed that we should use this opportunity to create awareness for a serious problem facing outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country; New Hampshire especially and that is Lyme Disease. We will do as much as we can throughout the summer to promote awareness, safety, prevention, and to work with Lyme Disease foundations to learn what more can do to make our woods safer.
Check out the Reach the Beach Relay website for more information. They accept a limited number of teams and spots are filling up fast. If you want to race against us, you better signup quick.