reno-tahoe odyssey 2011

by Sarah

This past weekend, the 7th Annual Reno-Tahoe Odyssey was completed by over 240 teams of 12 in a relay race around Lake Tahoe and the Reno Area. My good friend Deb (in the middle of the photo) organized and was team captain for The Scattered Daisies,  an all women “rated G” running group from Reno, New York and Canada. This is Deb’s third year leading the Scattered Daisies and her 4th year running the relay. The relay consists of 178 miles of running at varying elevations. The event starts on Friday morning at Idlewild Park, goes through the night and culminates around lunch time again in Idlewild Park in Reno.

This year I had 6 friends on the team. The two pictured above with me in the middle have been my dear friends for almost 10 years. Our kids have grown up together and we share much in common with the kids and each other. I am proud of these guys as they have accomplished this event not once but twice. Something, I, in the back of my mind would love to do but can’t get over the fear of injury in order to be able to try it…..These lovely ladies have kept me in the loop during their training, have texted with me while on the course and have made me feel a part of their journey and for that I am eternally grateful….love you guys…..

At the finish line this year were two of the runners girls, that also happen to be my students from teaching art and design courses this year. It was great to see their smiling faces and their excitement as they cheered on their moms and the Scattered Daisies.

This was the first year that I experienced the finish line. I am usually tooling around in my convertible bug at one of the legs. After your final runner crosses the finish line and is announced the team moves onto a ceremonial finish. The Scattered Daisies chose to link arms and skip together……loved it…..

These three, just at the finish for the “beer” had just come from our other community project of the day…preparing our local outdoor swimming pool for the summer season. Over the past two years the City of Reno has been unable to maintain enough funds to keep the pools in our community open. This year, Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics-headed by Mike Ginsburg (on the left) (middle: good friend Richard H.) (right: my husband Joe) coordinated a three day volunteer effort to clear our only functioning long  course outdoor pool, to get it ready for community use. Approximately 110 volunteers came out to scrape tiles, plant flower beds, rake grass and volleyball courts and paint indoors and outdoors. Mike has headed this group from its inception several years ago and has done a fantastic job with the city and with the yearly events he organizes. So thanks Mike for all that you do for our community…..You make me feel proud to be a part of it….

Have a great Tuesday everyone…..