Oh, trust us, there were many. We will try to provide what explanation we can (assuming there was one) for the random thought-provoking moments listed below. I’m quite sure they were a lot more funny/sensible at 3am on Saturday morning while driving around the backwoods of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But we wanted all of our adoring fans to be able to share in our moments since you all helped us get across the finish line. You made us what we are today. You can deny knowing us after reading these.
So, it started at dinner at Nick Ryan’s (shirt sponsor, duh!) while Van 1 was freshly showered and wearing freshly laundered shirts and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Molly, our final runner (of the team and in Van 2) so we could all joyously cross the finish line together. “Hey, we should write a Top 10 list of stuff from this weekend.” “Yeah, that would be awesome.” “Did 10 great things happen?”
Below enjoy the list of 19 incredibly awesome things from Van 1’s experience with the 2011 Bourbon Chase:
- “Did you put anything in your body that could have caused this?” (Brin asks at the very beginning of the drive- to the starting line … and therefore asked … continuously… by the rest of the team for the rest of the weekend.)
- “I’m the one who gets it with a pitchfork and the audience cheers.” (Said Dixon when team, sitting in the middle of a cornfield, discusses what typically happens to people situated in a field in horror movies.)
- “Call them back and tell them that we are still in bed!” (Shouts Brin from her bed when Van #2 calls to announce it’s time to get-up. It came 10 minutes early. Ten very important minutes!)
- “That van just said I’m fresh road-kill. I will cut a B on McCracken Road!” (Said Barnett on his final leg, after just getting passed by another runner. He tells us this while we are slowly driving beside him to “encourage him” and “uplift his spirits.” It didn’t work.)
- “Blogging sounds like the onomatopoeia of taking a poop.” (Said Brin delirious after hours of running and only 2 hours of sleep.)
- Bowel movements. (Discussed by everyone…not having one, having one, wanting one, not wanting one …) Also- an upside to being slow and starting early- clean porta-pots! Downside to finishing late- not so clean anymore porta pots!
- “You’re too pretty to run in Junction City without your keys in your hand as you run!” (Said Lowry (sub night driver) to Barnett before his night run – leg #18
- “Your mom is proud of you.” (Jones to Hayden after her first leg run)
- “What happened? Did you get transfused by Kenyan named King-Ka Woo-Ko-Hoo? Or “Click click” for short? (Said Brin to Dixon after he crushed his first leg)
- “Ooooh, Amy…a fireman! Wait. He is like 15.” (Said team when Danville “fireman”/early Trick-or-Treater approached to give parking directions for Patrick’s second leg exchange.)
- “We are Team Great Britain…they are Team Kenya.” (Exclaims Barnett after seeing Elite teams exchange) (Elite teams are teams that run the whole course with only 6 runners. The WHOLE course. 200 miles. With 6 people. Uphill. At Night. Whatever.)
- Barker’s Punjab rendition of “The Thong Song”…. (not really able to describe with words here, apologies, trust us it was goooood stuff!)
- Disclaimer blizzard! “No judging if I eat this whole footlong … get more food … Glide my butt … get in bed without showering … sleep through your entire run … ” While there was a lot of judging OUTSIDE Van 1, there was none INSIDE. Yay team!
- Van #1 missing Hayden’s first exchange because Barker had to tape his nipples. (self explanatory, right?)
- The fact that we plotted against a certain team EVERY leg, referred to them as our arch nemesis, plotted skits that we could do to portray them, and yet, never talked to them or had any sort of direct interaction.
- “This isn’t the first sham prom I’ve been too.” (Dixon says while walking through a balloon arch with Hayden at Jim Beam start line.) “Me neither.” (Hayden responds.)
- The Rabbi hotel keeper in Harrodsburg, who kept pushing the Jacuzzi suites. (For the six of us, really? How about we just get some clean towels and call it even…)
- “Ma’am, you’re gonna have to turn on your headlights on now.” (Race worker says to Hayden before night run.) “They are on. It’s cold out here.” (Hayden responds)
- Fine dining at the “Bring your own Pringles” Subway in Harrodsburg. (Bet you didn’t know they had one, didja? They do. We saw it.)
So that pretty much sums up the weekend. Oh yeah, there was some running in there too. We might not have made it to the finish line first, or in the top 100 or so, but we are ready to do it all again next year!