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Title:2006 Great Midwest Relay
Date:Friday June 9th, 2006
Author:Bill Thom
The Great Midwest Relay is a team footrace that runs from Madison, WI through Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL. Scenic streets, trails, bike paths and parks make up the course as it winds 190 miles through pastoral, suburban and urban settings.

Captain Michael Davenport took notice of the Great Midwest Relay after its 2005 inaugural running. Michael figured he could put together a competitive team drawing from his Chicago area running friends who are always eager for a challenge.

Recruiting went well and Michael formed a 12-person, Mixed-Open team, consisting of (in relay order):
1. Bob Mitera
2. Kevin O'Neil
3. Ken Scharrman
4. Dave Cameron
5. Tina Chase
6. Jen Kuhn
7. Angie Paprocki
8. Bill Thom
9. Dan Ewan
10. Jim Stein
11. Mark Polinko
12. Michael Davenport

The team was organized into two vans, which shuttled members between transition areas. Each member ran three legs of approximately 5¼ miles. After running a leg a member would rest, wait, and prepare for their next rotation.

It took 22 hours, 9 minutes, 48 seconds for our Greater Chicago Running Team to cover the distance, which placed us 3rd overall of 62 finishing teams. Not bad for a first year team!  Perhaps after a bit more team training with blind handoffs  our team can move up even further… watch for the Greater Chicago Running Team in the 2007 edition of the Great Midwest Relay!

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Van 2 of Greater Chicago Running TeamAngie debriefs Dan after his 1st legMark, Angie, Michael and Dan - 1/3 of the Greater Chicago Running TeamJim handing off to Mark at TA 10Michael prepares for his first leg
Mark hands off to Michael at TA 11Orange Team at TA 35Van 2 at TA 35Michael & Mark at TA 35Angie, Dan, Jim & Mark of Van 2
Angie offers a drink to Michael on his last legGreater Chicago Running Team at the finish of the Great Midwest RelayGreater Chicago Running Team at the finish of the Great Midwest RelayGreater Chicago Running Team - Van 1Greater Chicago Running Team - Van 1
Greater Chicago Running Team - Van 1Greater Chicago Running Team - Van 1Greater Chicago Running Team - Van 1

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