Posted by: runsinthefamily | January 12, 2011

“I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on!” or Bart Yasso, porn star

I went with my daughter and brother to see the Hood-to-Coast movie last night!  Hood-to-Coast is a relay race in Oregon, from the starting point on Mount Hood, 197 miles to the ocean.  I really didn’t know anything about it except the name before we went to the movie.  Each team has 12 people, in two vans, and they take turns running sections of the race – most sections are between 3 and 6 miles, and with 36 sections, each person basically runs 3 times in a 24 hour period. 

The movie followed some of the teams, and parts of it were actually really sad.  One of the teams, Heart and Sole, had a runner who, the year before, had a heart attack on her leg of the race, despite being a long time marathoner and Hood to Coast (HTC) participant!  She had gradually started running again, with the intent on participating again.  We met her doctor, who was against it at first, then gradually gave her guidelines to follow, and her teammates, who were with her the year before when she had the heart attack on the course.  It was very emotional seeing both her determination to come back and her teammates’ emotions about both years. 

Another team that was followed, the R. Bowe team, was made up of a family who had just lost their son/brother/husband to a heart attack only two months before the race.  They decided to participate anyway, and recruited college teammates of the son to help out with some of the relay legs.  It was once again difficult and sad to see the emotions of the brother, father, mother, and wife as they prepared for and ran their relay legs.    My heart just went out to them- but they were very proud to be running it in memory of Ryan.

There was also some comic relief!  There was a team featuring two newbie runners, who just signed up with their team on a whim, and trained by eating and drinking beer!  Not knowing what they were in for, it was hysterical to see their reactions on finding out how far and how hilly some of their legs were.  After the movie was an interview with one of the newbie runners, and they showed her reactions to what she thought before the race, and after – very, very funny.

Another funny team was called the Dead Jocks.  This team was made up of a bunch of old-timers who had run the relay for years, including one guy who had run it every single year since the beginning.  They needed to place in the top 6 in their age group to have an automatic entry into the following year, instead of having to go through a lottery system to get in.  Since the one team member had run it every year, they didn’t want to let him down by not getting in the next year!  Although we followed the team throughout the race, I don’t think we ever actually found out how they placed.  It would have been nice to know that!

I really liked the film, and learned a lot about the race and the teamwork it requires.  It sounds like a lot of fun!  We didn’t really learn about the times or places of the teams – I would have especially liked to know about the Dead Jocks and how they placed.  We did also follow one elite team, but the coverage of their team was minimal – a little more on them would have been nice.  Still, it was fun to see a running movie, and there were some people in our theater who had actually run the race, and to hear their comments was so funny! 

Oh, and about my title – before the movie was live? commentary from RW’s Bart Yasso, and he made some remarks about being all dressed up in a suit for the movie premiere, and how other runners would say they didn’t recognize him without his running clothes on!  He said if somebody overheard that out in public, they would think he was a porn star or something!  Bart, you are a funny guy.  Lose the weird green glasses next time!

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  1. Since it seems like you enjoyed the HTC concept- you should look into Ragnar Relays
    http://www.ragnarrelay.com/ Its the same exact type of race as HTC, just no lottery, and they have them all over the country (just ran in the TN one this year and doing DC in fall) They’re loads of fun! Thanks for the follow and participating in my giveaway- results will be posted next week! Good luck

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by! That’s so funny, a couple weeks ago I started hearing about Ragnar relays, but didn’t really pay attention! Thanks!

  2. This has totally happened to me… in the grocery store I bumped into a guy from my running group and he says to me, “I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on” Talk about embarrassing! Luckily no one was within ear shot or I would have had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do 🙂


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