Freddy Gets Some Helping Hands

Wanted: One or more people who love running and runners, who appreciate pink flamingoes responding to the name “Freddy,” who believe in supporting local businesses, who are willing to be on call 24-7 and answer thousands of emails (even though the answers might be right there in the Runners’ Handbook), who have the unique ability to navigate in the dark, …

Predicting

Predicting is really difficult. Just ask the so-called political pundits. But, predicting is difficult in any sphere, not just politics or sports. I just heard a brief interview with Rod Stewart. He related that when he recorded Maggie May he shared it with a few trusted advisors. They said it had no hook and meandered all over the place. They …

From The Beatles to Boston

On February 12, 1964, I saw The Beatles in Carnegie Hall.  Ticket prices ranged between $3.00 and $5.50 per seat for the 2900 of us lucky enough to be there.  The show lasted about 39 minutes and it was complete bedlam with young girls screaming at the top of their lungs the entire time! Paul McCartney played in DC last …

Survey in Reverse by Bob Fleshner

One of my least favorite jobs is reviewing survey results.  In fact, I dislike it so much that I have a colleague take a first run at doing it.  “Uh oh,” you’re thinking, “the American Odyssey Relay gets bad survey results, who knew?”  Actually, we are fortunate enough to get mostly very positive reviews in our surveys.  And, not surprisingly, …

I Am a Rich Man

I can assure you that this blog post has nothing to do with my bank account.  That being said, I am rich.  Rich beyond measure.  How many people get to do something they love while bringing happiness to so many others?  And, how many people have friends, both old and new, who will come out and volunteer at crazy hours …

Race Director’s Corner – People Get Ready! by Bob Fleshner

It’s April.   April Fool’s Day.  Tax Day.  Opening Day.  Lots of memorable days, but none as memorable as American Odyssey Relay days! Time to prep.  To get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.  But, enough about you.  How about us? What do race directors need to do in the month leading up to the big event?  Isn’t that really …

Tutus and Human Pyramids: Secrets of Spirit-Making by Rebecca Turchin

There’s a giant flamingo to your right and a band of blow-up guitar strumming rockers on your left.  A superhero cape-wearing swarm flutters by your periphery.  A chant of ‘Go Team!’ echoes through a bullhorn.  Silly string is flying.  Tutus abound. Is that anchovy pizza you had last night spinning a weird dream?  Are you on some bad Gu-induced euphoric …

Volunteer Spotlight – Marie Manning and Sean Rohe

Seven years ago, my good friends Kyrah and Jon Varoli invited me to dinner – a dinner that quickly turned out to be an unveiled bribe. “We’d like you to join our team and run the American Odyssey Relay,” they said. I laughed. No way was I running through the night and for more than three miles total! It didn’t …

Ambassador’s Angle: I’m Excited! by Dan Coombes

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts about the American Odyssey Relay on this blog!  I’ve been a participant and team captain since the first Odyssey in 2009.  It is, without a doubt, my favorite race.  I have thoroughly enjoyed everything about it for the past seven years and I plan to participate …

Different Distance Relays: Not Everyone is Crazy

Here at American Odyssey Relay, we obviously LOVE relay races…and we believe ALL runners would enjoy nothing more than participating in our overnight relay – why wouldn’t they?!  But, as we’ve grown older and wiser, we’ve begun to appreciate that not everyone shares the same amount of crazy.  Believe it or not, not all runners have ‘sleep on a gym …

Race Director’s Corner – Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

“You say you want a resolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world.” Okay, apologies to John and Paul, but January is always the time for folks to make world-changing, or at least life-changing, resolutions.   The new year brings diets, new exercise plans and other resolutions ranging from the practical to the cute to the downright hilarious. …

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Teitelbaum at Burnside Bridge

Like President Calvin Coolidge said when asked if he would run for re-election, “I choose not to run.” Unlike Coolidge, who at least ran once, I have chosen to never run. Yet each Spring I find myself in the cold and damp in the pitch darkness of a Civil War battlefield pulling an all-nighter at Burnside Bridge, more commonly and …

Ten (OK, 12) Reasons Why You Should Register for the American Odyssey Relay

12. You’ll get to use that cool car window paint.   11.  Chance to practice other critical skills in addition to running.   10.  Great training for the next major hurricane or other mass evacuation.   9.  What happens in the van stays in the van (we hope!)   8.  Freddy is everywhere.  Freddy sees everything.   7.  Cows.   6.  …

Running Our Mouths: Relay Ramblings

Hello and welcome to the American Odyssey Relay’s brand spankin’ new blog – a place where we can ‘run our mouths’ when we aren’t running our bodies and discuss our favorite subject – all things relay! Our upcoming posts will range from serious informational topics such as how to choose a relay (translation: why you should choose the American Odyssey …