This weekend Mason ran the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay. The race started in Logan and ended in Park City, 178 miles!!! He was on Team Chasqui, with his brother, Warren & 2 brothers-in-law, Jordan & Dennis. There were 12 people on the team, each person ran 3 legs of the race. Mason's legs totaled 15 miles.
Mason's sister, Alison and her little boy, Drew stayed at our house for the race. It worked out perfect because Mason and Dennis (Alison's husband) ran back to back so we drove up to watch each of them run their first two legs of the race, and then the next day we drove up to see them cross the finish line. This was an insane race, it was through the mountains so most of it was either running up steep hills or down them. We felt pretty guilty watching all the runners kill themselves while we sat in our nice air conditioned car. The race started Friday morning and ended Saturday afternoon, the runners ran through the night, and just slept a few minutes here and there on the ground or in the van. To make things even harder, Saturday ended up being the hottest day of the year! During his first, longest leg Mason thought that he was going to throw up, but he still didn't walk, he ran every step of the way!!!
By the end Mason was limping pretty bad (he still is), he says it was one of the hardest things he's ever done but that it was a great experience. If it were me I don't think that I would ever want to run again in my life, but he says that he made him more excited about running and he just wants his legs to get better so that he can start running again. He wants to go back and try some of the other legs of the race to see if he can do them. The guys are already talking about how they want to do it again next year.
Way to go Mason and all of the other crazy people that made up Team Chasqui!