Monday, December 19, 2011
More recently, the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge produced not one, but two team wins (http://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/events.php?city_id=14), as our men's team swept the field, winning by a combined 3 minutes and our mixed team dominated as well. So look for Google along the streets of Chicago, site of the 2012 Corporate Challenge World Championship.
Last weekend, a few members of the team closed out the season with a win in corporate at the West Valley Christmas Relays in San Francisco.
We had a number of notable individual performances in 2011 as well which certainly bodes well for the many miles we have planned for 2012.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Despite a train crossing that held us up for 10 minutes in Portland and a few other minor logistical hiccups, we finished with a time very close to last year's. The official time and results will be available on the Hood to Coast site likely in the next few days.
Thank you Eddie for the many hours of hard work organizing. And thank you to Kerry and Megan for fearlessly piloting the ships and putting up with 12 smelly runners.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Pepperoni, bacon, and meatballs
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Big props to Eddie and Chris for running two of the hardest legs on the course. Also, great performances by Project Mayhem, DSE, and Ooyala. This has been by far the most competitive relay I've run since joining Google1. There was no need for kill counts to occupy our minds this year. Only three other teams to duke it out with. We'll be gunning for you guys next year.
Great job today, Google1. We laid it all out, and I think I speak for everyone in saying there were no regrets. Special thanks as always to our drivers Kerry and Christine. Also, thanks to Eddie and Kerry for your tireless efforts at organizing these relays. They do not go unappreciated.
- 2008, Google-1, 6:08 pace
- 2004, 12 Angry Men 3, 6:04 pace
- DSE Racing, 6:09 pace
- Project Mayhem, 6:05 pace
I hawked down Ooyala's runner within the first mile despite being outmatched to provide some motivation for the van and making up some time on DSE in the process. Mike next passed Ooyala and proceeded to go mano-a-mano with DSE's Thor, whom we appropriately nicknamed for his flowing blonde locks and likely participation in the Clydesdale division. Blake showed off his speed by closing the gap with DSE, proving to be a key addition to the team.
Next, Eddie held tough against a strong Ooyala ringer who powered back ahead of us, leaving us a minute behind them and only another minute back from DSE. Kerry gunned the van down the highway so Chris could keep it close on his abbreviated leg before handing off to Cedric who methodically pulled us into the front of the chase pack and then some.
And not a minute too soon. Google 1 did a great job finishing 1st in the Corporate division and 3rd overall. It was by far the most exciting Calistoga relay we've run. The weather was fabulous albeit a tad warm.
After the finish, we joined team Ooyala at the Whale City Bakery for burgers and a very refreshing local brew.
Highlights for me:
-Blake Arnold : splendid van 2 pickup
-Eddie's panicked/motivational speech
-Chris Holstrom really taking a few legs for the team
-Brandell sporting not one but a series of bandanas
Many many others come to mind. Thanks all for a great weekend and another victory at The Relay. I didn't get a team pic on my camera but here's an Ooyala/Google pic instead
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Van 1 now takes over with four minutes to make up. This is still anyone's race.
Currently, Big Cat is powering though the 8.1 miles of leg 10. Ooyala has a stud up front putting considerable distance on the field. Project Mayhem is also running strong, recently passing DSE to move them into second. The current gap between Google1 and the leaders is 7 minutes and 25 seconds with 2 miles left in leg 10.
It pays to be punctual. After last year's close call at the start, we've learned our lesson and made it out of Safeway with plenty of time to spare. Calistoga here we come.
(Currently playing on the Bone: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Rolling Stones)
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
|Ragnar Del Sol 2011|
Thanks to all of the volunteers (especially those from Future for Kids, the organization that benefited from the race) from the race organizers. And, finally, to the steady hands on the Google1 van wheels, Kerry and Megan.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It's been a hard day's night, and now it's time to catch a few winks. Van 2 has taken over the grind. If their first set of legs is any indication, we should be further under our projected finishing time (and extending our lead going into the final set of legs).