I have a buddy named Matt.
He was, literally, one of the first people I met when I moved to Virginia and has become one of my very favorite friends in the world. In the Fall of 2011 he invited me to join his family to accomplish one of the scariest things I’ve ever done: A Tough Mudder. Turns out, it was one of the funnest (sorry, Matt–most fun) things I’ve ever accomplished. In fact, finishing it gave me the confidence to complete my first marathon just three weeks later.
Living 1,200 miles away from my family has always been hard, but every time I’m with Matt’s family, I always feel like I’m home. Unfortunately, Matt unexpectedly lost his amazing father this past December. His dad was one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met–Always friendly and always welcoming.
So when Matt invited me to run a Savage Race in Maryland in memory of his pop, I couldn’t sign up quick enough. This would be Matt’s mom’s first race, too, and there was no way I was missing it.
What is a Savage Race? It’s a 6-7 mile obstacle race “..Built to Kick Your Ass,” and was created by Matt’s cousin, Sam.
I headed to Maryland late on Friday only to find myself stuck in Bay Bridge traffic for over three hours due to a terrible accident. By midnight, I was regretting my Savage decision. Matt’s car was just two miles ahead of me so at midnight we celebrated race day with our Gatorades…we were getting reallllly bored and tired.
I finally made it to the hotel by 2:30am and was not excited about my 6:30am wake-up call for the race. But then I was given my official team shirt and saw Matt’s mom. She was calm, cool, and collected so I figured I needed to suck it up. Our team name was “The Superman Savages.”
Now I was PUMPED. We arrived at the race and I was thankful it was overcast.
The race was so much fun! Matt’s other cousin, Mac, was the official photographer of the race and he captured some great moments. Here are some of my favorites:
Matt’s mom and brother, Daniel, on my most un-favorite obstacle, Colossus.
Matt didn’t need to use a rope on Colossus. He’s also 6’6″. If you were wondering, I did need to use the rope.
I have no idea who the guy is below, but I love the fact that I was caught mid-race with my hands on my hips. My father would be so proud.
The race was awesome, Matt’s mom finished fabulously, and here we are afterward.
After the race, we grabbed our free beer and enjoyed the party. I planned to head back to Virginia that evening but it didn’t take much convincing from Matt’s family for me to stay an additional night (see the top of the post where I say how much I adore this family).
That night we played in Chestertown, Maryland and had a great time. I think we all fell asleep before our heads even hit our pillows.
Savage Race was a success and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Superman Savages.
Check out more photos from the race: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.619380234750866.1073741836.202462836442610&type=1
And make sure you sign up for the Texas Edition on November 23rd: http://www.savagerace.com/dallas2013