I’m heading to North Carolina today for another racing adventure. My good friend, Gina, is attempting an amazing feat—she is taking on the Tuna Run 200 solo. That’s right, 200 miles by herself!
The Tuna Run 200 is a relay race (similar to Hood to Coast in Oregon) that starts in Raleigh and ends on the boardwalk in Atlantic Beach. Most people who do this race have a team of 12 to get them to the finish line—Gina will have only her sheer determination (or some might say, stubbornness), sturdy running legs, and the support of her crew, consisting of her friend Erin and yours truly (known fondly as “Erin Squared”).
Although the race officially starts on October 10th, Gina starts her challenge two days earlier on Wednesday, so she can run the final miles and end the race with the other runners.
Erin and I will certainly have our work cut out for us. First and foremost, our task will be to make sure that Gina is safe, stays on course, eats and stays hydrated, and perhaps even smiles and sleeps occasionally. In August, I shared my take on the role of a pacer during ultras—check it out for more details on how Erin and I will assist Gina during her 200-mile journey.
Although it will be a long few days, I’m looking forward to being a part of Gina’s challenge and getting her to the finish line. If you’ve been following my blog over the last few months, you know that a destination race provides the opportunity to support a nonprofit organization as part of my Small Change initiative.
It’s always tough deciding which organization to donate to—there’s so many inspiring organizations leading important work, striving hard to make a difference. For help identifying organizations in North Carolina, I reached out to my social media network and got several wonderful suggestions: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve , and the BHI (Bald Head Island) Conservancy.