|Tribe Team Too! – Van 1|
The first round of van assignments came out and I was listed as an alternate, but that didn’t last long. Within a week I was placed on a team and excited as I recognized a couple other names on that team from Tribe events – although I didn’t know anyone too well. My van was still in need of a driver so I quickly recruited a friend for the job. About a week before the race, one of our runners had to drop out due to injury so Kris decided to give the race a shot and filled that spot.
|Final leg for our van – we recruited
2 other teams to help with this
tunnel and cheered on several
|Tribe Team Too! – Van 1 – Post-Race|
Once we were all sufficiently full we headed to Tempe Beach Park – the finish line area. They were offering free massages so we jumped in line. Unfortunately, our final runner approached the finish line before we could get our massages – so, we all went to meet up with her and cross together. Our final time was 27:25:30. We finished 41st out of 306 teams – 12th in our division (141 teams) – and most importantly, ahead of Tribe Team 1!
Money – Registration for the event is $1200 per team ($100 per person). Transportation, food, van decorations and costume costs will vary depending what you choose to do.
Transportation – most teams get the 12-15 passenger vans (which I highly recommend!) – we saw some teams in SUVs and minivans. You’ll need 2 vehicles per team – each one will have 6 runners & a driver (if you don’t have a separate driver, the runners have to rotate driving). Make sure you have enough space for everyone and their ‘stuff’.
Food – you’ll want community food in your van in addition to the restaurants you stop at. Take into account any food allergies teammates may have.
- Volunteers – each team needs to provide 2 volunteers for the race. If you don’t, your team will be charged an extra $120 per volunteer.
Teammates – choose your team wisely! You will be stuck in a van with 5-6 people for 25-35 hours … make sure they are people you can handle for that long. We lucked out and LOVED our van mates … I would do this again with any of them. I can also think of people, whom I love dearly but could not handle doing this with. Your teammates should be people who can handle minimal sleep (and any sleep is done in the van, on a grass field or in a school gym), stinky environments and close quarters – the only personal space you will get will be in the portapotties.
Alternates – make sure you have alternate teammates ready in case someone needs to drop out last minute.
Team Name & Theme – some teams go all out with this one! This is very personal for your team and will depend on your teammates. We did not do costumes but quite a few teams did. Some were great – others looked like they would be a pain to run in.
The race starts on a Friday – more than likely you’ll need to take a day off of work.
Put together 2 teams – having a little competition between the two teams adds to the fun.
If there is something that motivates you while you run, speak up! Your van mates are there to support you through your leg of the race and to make it fun. Some things we did: danced on the roof of our van, cheered for our runner as they passed, we requested our favorite motivational songs to be played loud as we passed, we handed off water bottles to our runner, we all made a tunnel for our runner to go through, we mooned our runner.
- Put names on water bottles – there will be water bottles floating all over the van. This will make it easier when you’re trying to get a bottle ready for your runner.
- Pay attention to your runner – always know where they are and when they should finish their leg of the race so you don’t leave them stranded in the exchange area. We were surprised to see runners make it to the exchange area and have no one to hand off too – sometimes waiting up to 10 minutes for someone from their team to arrive.
Things to pack:
- Water – make sure you have a lot of water in the van! There were a few exchange areas where I noticed water jugs, but make sure you have enough water packed so you don’t have to rely on finding it at the exchanges.
- Food – pre-run, nutrition while running, post-run & snacks. Our community food included, Hammer gels, Heed, Recoverite, bananas, pretzels, bagels, etc.
- Clothes – I packed a change of clothes for after each leg. After the first leg I only changed my shirt & socks but changed everything after my 2nd & 3rd legs. It was nice being able to put on dry clothes!
- Extra pair of shoes just in case something happens to your running shoes. I also packed slippers to wear when I wasn’t running – they made the car ride a little more comfortable. Other girls packed flip flops but I wouldn’t recommend that – their feet were very cold during the night and a lot of the exchanges take place in dirt lots.
- Reflective Vests – At nights, anyone outside of your van must have on a reflective vest – make sure you have enough for everyone. Night runners must wear a reflective vest during their run.
- Lights – Night runners must have headlamps and rear red flashers. It is nice to have at least 2 sets so the current runner and runner getting ready can both have one – makes the exchange much easier. Extra headlamps are a bonus & nice for trips to the portapotties.
- Wet Wipes – I used the Nathan Power Shower wipes after my runs as I changed into dry clothes. No, it’s not as good as taking a shower, but did make me feel a little less stinky. I also had facial cleansing wipes that were refreshing in the morning.
- Hand sanitizer or hand wipes – the portapotties all seemed to have hand sanitizer in them, but it’s nice to have your own as well.
- Deodorant – enough said.
- Body Glide or something similar to prevent chaffing.
- Paper products – toilet paper, paper towels.
- Personal items for your comfort – toothbrush & toothpaste, hair brush, etc.
- Pillow & Blanket – make the time in the van a little more comfortable.
- Air freshener – especially if you go somewhere like Macayo’s between legs!
- Sleeping bag if you plan on sleeping in a field or school gym.
And, last but not least, here are a couple videos I put together …