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Title:2007 Great Midwest Relay
Date:Friday June 8th, 2007
Author:Bill Thom
In its third year running participation in the Great Midwest Relay has swollen to 140 teams... a new record, up from the 63 teams listed in the 2006 official results. Teams consist of up to 12 members with a preset rotation of the 36 legs which make up the race course that stretches from Madison -to- Milwaukee -to- Chicago. Based upon predicted running pace teams are assigned to one of "7 waves" and start on Friday from 7:00 am (first wave) through 4:00 pm (last wave). The plan is to set faster teams off behind slower teams such that all teams make it to the finish in Chicago by Saturday afternoon.

This was the second year that our Greater Chicago Running Team took on the challenge. Captained by Michael Davenport we split our 12 member, "Mixed Open" team into two groups...
Group 1:
 1. Kevin O'Neil
 2. Dave Cameron
 3. Jason Doland
 4. Michelle Thom
 5. Bob Mitera
 6. Bill Thom
Group 2:
 7. Mark Polinko
 8. Dan Martin
 9. Dan Ewan
10. Jim Stein
11. Angie Paprocki
12. Michael Davenport

Having finished in 3rd place overall in the 2006 event we had lofty goals and designs on bettering our position this time around. We were able to trim a full 40 minutes from our 2006 time... a great team accomplishment!

Congratulations to all teams and  a big thank you to Race Director Joe Pulizzano, and all those involved in the planning and production of the 2007 Great Midwest Relay. Let it be known that we're airing out  our vans and making plans for the 2008 Great Midwest Relay!

We've posted photos from our Group 1 runners and you can see them by clicking the View Photos tab above. If you have any photos that you'd like to include please send them to Bill:

Want to see more? Check out the official Great Midwest Relay website: There you'll find complete information of the race and its history, including detailed maps of the course. Also, they have Official 2007 Results!

From Waukesha to New Berlin... Dave completes his 2nd leg and sends Jason into the night.
Dave sends Jason into the night
Photo 2007 Bill
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Van 1 of the Greater Chicago Running Team
Tom... one of many GMR volunteers
Teammates Michelle and Bob
Last minute race instructions
Gathering for the prerequisite pre-race photo op
Greater Chicago Running Teammates of Van 1
Kevin and Jason discuss race tactics
Last wave of the 2007 Great Midwest Relay takes to the roads of Madison
Kevin hands-off to Dave
Dave hands-off to Jason
Michelle gets some last second advice
Jason hands-off to Michelle
Bob hands-off to Bill
Bill chases the orange team
Bill hands-off to Mark
Van 1 at Jessica's Cafe
Jason with an exchange zone official
Dave sends Jason into the night
Super Dave
Van 1 Ne'r do wells
Jason and Michelle on the New Berlin Trail
Michelle and Bob in Greenfield Park
Bill awaits the hand-off from Bob
Bill enters the exchange zone at Greendale, WI
Bob salutes the Saturday sunrise
Bob captures the sunrise over Lake Michigan
In the blur of a brand new dawn Kevin exchanges to Dave
Dave zips through his morning leg
Jason takes a delayed hand-off from Dave
Jason speeds along the Kenosha Bike Trail
What a long strange trip it's been
Our speediest hands-off to our token chick
An apologetic Michelle passes-off to Bob

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Posted:June 11th, 2007 1:30 pm
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