It’s been a summer of firsts for me, including my first ever 5k in July and my first overnight relay. The Cascade Lakes Relay starts in southern Oregon at Diamond Lake and meanders through the Cascade mountains, past several more lakes and volcanic peaks, then up and over Mt. Bachelor to finish up in Bend.
This 216-mile journey is accomplished by a team of 12 runners in two vans (though we managed with 11), running through the night and two days of high desert heat and cold mountain temperatures. Our hottest leg was 103° and the coldest was 37° with elevations well over 5,000 feet; quite a swing for the body to adjust to.