As I have learned at numerous Mother Runner parties, Dimity is a tough act to follow. (She gets to open with the biggest laugh-line when we read from Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity.) But I'm going to do my best, as I get the privilege of announcing the 11 mother runners, and one alternate, who will make up Team SBS this October in the Ragnar Relay in the Ultimate Mother Runner Showdown.
In no particular order, here are the ladies who will be joining me to run from Cumberland, Maryland, to our nation's capital. I'm not going to wager that we're faster--but I bet we're fun-er!
1. Nancy Barlow, a teacher in Connecticut who had her class of 1st-graders write reasons why "Mrs. Barlow" should run Ragnar, including lots of mention of it being "good for her brain." (We agree!)
2. Iliana Zuniga, who had her friends and family plead her case on a Facebook page she set up. When our paths crossed at the MORE half-marathon in NYC in April, she said her husband's comments on the page were some of the sweetest things he's ever written to her.
3. Terri Lukens-Gable, who turned Dimity and me into cartoon characters. I loved this entry so much, I asked Terri for the SBS cell (complete with Knuckle Lights and Roctane!), which is now framed and displayed in the room where I fill orders from our online store.
4. Michelle Emme, who's video chronicling her journey from obese, inactive mother to trim marathoner brought us to tears. (Setting it to one of my favorite plaintive Sarah McLachlan songs made the tears flow even more profusely.)
5. Nicole Hart, who told us she composed her poetic entry while on a run. She requested to be on my team as she feels we are "kindred spirits." Given that she admits her poem is based on an (oft-quoted) poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, this English major thinks she's right!
8. + 9. Bethany Meyer and Schuy Nunn, another duo and another poem. But they sweetened the pot with a bribe: free Indigo Schuy tanks and a copy of I Just Want to Pee Alone for every member of the team.
RAGNAR OR BUST!
Twas the night before the deadline
When Bethany texted Schuy,
“We need to be on that relay team!
Let’s tell Sarah and Dimity why!”
Our piles of miles are impressive.
We run in rain, sun, snow, sleet, and hail.
Rivaled only by our laundry...it’s excessive!
We have a combined 6 kids, and only one’s a female! (P .U.)
On TMI Tuesday that Bethany’s a pro,
Into a paper cup she can pee.
Schuy’s like a camel when she has to go...
Holding it so long, it disappears...extraordinary!
Schuy’s store is the bomb!
It’s hip, it’s chic, it’s fly.
To each running Mom
She’ll give a tank from Indigo Schuy!
Poor Bethany has four sons,
The youngest one’s a biter.
Her stories will make you laugh tons,
Cuz she’s a humor writer.
Recently published in I Just Want to Pee Alone,
The popular humor anthology
Sure to tickle your funny bone
When she gives you this guide to Momology!
We are two Moms who love to run,
Both of us hail from Philly.
Put us on your team...we’re fun,
Outgoing, athletic, and silly!
So, choose us and we’ll cheer,
we’ll say, “We cannot wait to meet ya!”
Dimity and Sarah, you inspire us everyday,
But you had us at margarita!
10. Jill Plamondon, who mocked up a page telling us she turns 40 this year and it's her "mission to rock 40 all year long." To that end, she's running an ultramarathon, and running hill repeats that she marks with a, wait for it, rock. What tipped the scales in Jill's favor, though, was her writing that she'd "dance if chosen. There is always time to dance." As Dimity reminded me as we went through the entries, "Sarah, you love to dance by the side of the road during relays; you need this gal on your team."
11. Rebecca Weld, who baked and decorated the most awesomely clever and gorgeous AMR-related cookies. She promised to bake a fresh batch for the two teams if she wins, so looks like Rebecca will be headed back to the kitchen.
Alternate: Julia Hartsock, who did a fun Prezi about what she has to offer us, including knowledge of the course and her house near the midway point for showering. Plus, the first day of the race is her birthday.
If I didn't love summer so much, I'd wish it was October and we were already convened as a team!
A few important details (yes, pretty much cut-and-pasted from Dim's post yesterday, with the other 11 winners, plus one alternate): a friendly reminder that each team member is in charge of her travel costs, hotel, and food, and folks need to be in Cumberland, MD, on the evening October 3, and won’t be able to head home (unless you’re fairly local) until October 6.
So check your calendar(s) and checkbook: We need to hear from you at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com by Monday, June 16, to confirm that yes, indeedy, you’re in. And by committing to this, you're agreeing to train for the race and run the race unless you are injured or have a family emergency.