Superheroes in Sweaty Socks: Why one team runs the American Odyssey Relay

It’s 5 am on the C&O Canal — Team Cirque du Sore Leg’s (CdSL’s) first American Odyssey Relay.  Runner 3, affectionately known as “Boots,” is heading out for his final leg. The rest of Van One lies snoring, sore and smelly, across pleather seats, dirty socks and pretzel bags. And then Boots is back, knocking excitedly on the van window. …