Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Final Results

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Well, everyone,

The race is over! You've done an excellent job over the last week. Big round of applause for everyone!

No one quite finished the race all the way, but we did have a winner. Below are the final tally's for Week 10 and the overall miles for the race:

Greased Lightning
Chris 12.5
Jessy - 49
Julie - 4
Monica- 34
Total: 7255

Holly: 24
Jenny: 17.5
Betsy: 39.5
Julie: 5
Total: 6980

Team Alpha
Jennifer 12
Lesley 12
Josh 8
Stacie 22
Total 5950

The Atalantas
Kira: 8
Jenni: 21
Karen: 7.5
Beth: 21
Total: 5698

The Racing Rhetoricians

Sarah Bollinger 4
Georgie Miller 3
Stacy Day 8
Mike Caplet 20.5
Total: 4915

Get ‘Er Done
Dalyn 6
Jennifer W. 13
Sara V. 5
Patrick 1
Total: 3325

So Greased Lightning are the big winners!! Congratulations!

Good job everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Week 9 Results

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WOW! Some teams took advantage of the no-mile limit this week and sped across the country. Greased Lightning (6305) surpassed She-Power (6120) for the lead! Interestingly, they made it to Prairie du Chien, WI. This is Monica's hometown and she's the captain of the team. What a great coincidence! She-Power is still in Iowa just passing through Des Moines, trying to catch up with the new leader. Team Alpha (5410) barely retained their 3rd place spot as The Atalantas (5410) kicked it in high gear and almost surpassed them. Hopefully Team Alpha and Team Atalantas keep up the fight as we go into this last week of the challenge. Losing a little steam this week, The Racing Rhetoricians (4560) are just outside of Las Vegas; hopefully they don't get slowed down by the ring of the slot machines! Finally, Git 'er Done (3075) is chugging along nicely. They've made it into Texas and will hopefully soar over to Arizona this coming week.

Last week, gang! Next week we'll crown some team the winner!! It's only 1400-ish miles away for Greased Lightning. Given they had almost 900 miles this week, it's not unreasonable to think they could make it all the way back to RI!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 9

Week 9 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 9
Jennifer 12
Lesley 3
Stacie 40

Total Miles: 64
Week Virtual Miles 640 - 5 miles= 635

Total Virtual Miles: 5410 miles

The Atalantas - Week 9

Kira: 7
Jenni: 37
Karen: 8
Beth: 38

Weekly miles = 90
Weekly virtual miles = 900

Total virtual miles = 5313
(I really hope that's right!!!)

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 9

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 9
Sarah Bollinger 4
Georgie Miller 9
Stacy Day 10
Mike Caplet 14

Total miles 37
Total virtual miles 370
Virtual miles to date 4560

Git 'Er Done--Week 9

Patrick 15
Dalyn 5
Sara 5
Jennifer 10

Total miles: 35
Virtual miles: 350

Total Virtual miles: 3075

She-Power Week 9

Julie - 0 miles
Jen - 2 miles
Betsy - 32 miles
Holly - 25 miles

Total week miles = 59
Total week virtual miles = 590

Overal total virtual miles = 6120

Greased Lightning- Week 9

Jessy - 41 miles
Chris - 5 miles
Julie - 10 miles
Monica - 32-miles

Total Miles - 88 miles
Virtual Miles - 880 miles

Total Virtual Miles - 6305

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Week 8 Results

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After 2 months of intense racing, we're only 2 weeks away from a crowned winner. This week teams worked hard and improved their standings! She-Power has continued to hold its lead over Greased Lightning, but just barely! She-Power made it to the Nebraska border this week, while Greased Lightning is just a few miles behind in Laramie, Wyoming! Team Alpha, the Atalantas, and the Racing Rhetoricans are all vying for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots. This week, Team Alpha made it all the way to the Mojave National Preserve. Hopefully they don't spend too much time enjoying the gorgeous scenery. Not far behind are the Atalantas who are in Victorville, CA, and working hard to keep up are the Racing Rhetoricans, who are just outside of Riverside, CA. Get 'er Done must be loving the midwest because they've been hanging out there for the last few weeks. Right now, they are just about 50 miles outside Tulsa (Betsy's hometown!). Hopefully next week, they'll pass right through OK and push their way into Texas!

Only 2 weeks left of this fierce competition! Keep racing your hearts out! Next week, there are no limits on how many miles a team can go, so be sure to count every mile!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Atalantas - Week 8

Kira: ???
Jenni: 14
Karen: 8
Beth: 30

Weekly miles: 52
Weekly virtual miles: 520

Total virtual miles: 4734

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 8

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 8
Sarah Bollinger 7
Georgie Miller 9
Stacy Day 12
Mike Caplet 2.5

Total miles 30.5
Total virtual miles 305
Virtual miles to date 4190

Git 'er done week 8

Sara - 5
Jen - 6
Dalyn- 8
Patrick - 15

Total = 34
Virtual = 340

Total Virtual = 2725

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 8

Week 8 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 14
Jennifer 8.5
Lesley 15
Stacie 30

Total Miles: 67.5
Week Virtual Miles 675

Total Virtual Miles: 4,775 miles

She-Power Week 8

Julie - 6 miles
Jen - 9 miles
Betsy - 30 miles
Holly - 20 miles

Total week miles - 65 miles
Total week virtual miles - 655 miles

Overall total virtual miles - 5530 miles

Greased Lightning- Week 8

Julie - 6 miles
Jessy - 30 miles
Chris - 9.5 miles
Monica - 22.75 miles
Total Miles -68.25 miles
Virtual Miles: 682.50 miles
Total Virtual Miles : 5600 miles

Friday, August 5, 2011

Week 7 Results

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Update: Due to a math miscalculation, we have a shift in the standings. It seems ShePower is still on top with 4875 miles, but Greased Lightning is really close behind with 4737.5 miles! Less than 14 real-life miles separate these two teams! It's still anyone's race!

Wow! You've all been amazing the last two weeks. I'm back from vacation (amazing!) and impressed with all the teams!

In the last two weeks, Greased Lightning has regained the lead and is just outside Provo, UT. They completed 4917.5 miles and is more than 1/2 way to the finish line! But don't discount She-Power! They are not far behind in Filmore, UT. They've covered 4875 miles and don't show signs of slowing down. In the last two weeks, Alpha has also gained the lead over the racing rhetoricians! They're outside of Victorville, CA (after covering 4100 miles!) while the Racing Rhetoricians are on their way to Lake Havasu. The Atalantas had a clerical error, resulting in a 100 mile gain! They're not far behind the RR as they stop in Flagstaff, AZ for the night. Last, but not least for sure, Git 'er Done is not far from Betsy's hometown of Tulsa, OK. They're just outside of Joplin as they work their way through the midwest.

We only have a few weeks left of the competition! This is the last week we have any mile restrictions! So work hard to reach your goals!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Atalantas - Week 7

Kira: 10
Jenni: 15
Karen: 7.5
Beth: 25

Weekly miles: 57.5
Weekly virtual miles: 575
-5 for lateness = 570 (Sorry!!!!!)

Total virtual miles = 4214
(If the math looks a bit off, I went back and realized that I still had mistakes from Week 3's totals. Thanks for the catch, Jenni!)

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 7

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 7
Sarah Bollinger 7
Georgie Miller 11
Stacy Day 12
Mike Caplet 23.5

Total miles 53.5
Total virtual miles 535
Virtual miles to date 3885

Greased Lightning- Week 7

Jessy- 30 Miles
Julie - 16 Miles
Chris- 20 Miles
Monica- 22.50 miles

Total Miles- 88.50
Virtual Miles- 885
Total Virtual Miles-4917.50

Git 'er done week 6

Sara - 1
dalyn- 9
Patrick- 7
Jennifer- 10

total- 27

virtual 270

total virtal- 2385

She-Power Week 7

Julie - 10 miles

Jen - 23.5 miles

Betsy - 20 miles

Holly - 12 miles

Total week miles - 65.5 miles

Total week virtual miles - 655 miles

Overall total virtual miles - 4875 miles

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 7

Week 7 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 8
Jennifer 6
Lesley 10
Stacie 30

Total Miles: 54
Week Virtual Miles 540

Total Virtual Miles: 4,100 miles

Monday, July 25, 2011

She-Power Week 6

Julie - 7.5 miles
Jen - 10 miles
Betsy - 23 miles
Holly - 11 miles

Total week miles - 51.5 miles
Total week virtual miles - 515 miles

Overal total virtual miles - 4220 miles

The Atalantas - Week 6

Kira: 10
Jenni: 18
Karen: 5
Beth: 30

Weekly miles = 63
Weekly virtual miles = 630

Total virtual miles = 3148

Greased Lightning - Week 6

Jessy- 18 miles
Julie- 12 miles
Chris- 7 miles
Monica- 18 miles
Total Miles- 55 miles
Virtual Miles - 550 miles
Total Virtual Miles - 4032.50

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 6

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 6
Sarah Bollinger 6
Georgie Miller 6
Stacy Day 18
Mike Caplet 11

Total miles 41
Total virtual miles 410
Virtual miles to date 3350

Git 'Er Done (Week 6)

Sara 6
Pat 8
Jennifer 8
Dalyn 7

Total Miles: 29
Virtual Miles: 290

Total Virtual Miles: 2405

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 6

Week 6 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 15
Jennifer 8
Lesley 14.5
Stacie 30

Total Miles: 67.5
Week Virtual Miles 675

Total Virtual Miles: 3,560 miles

Friday, July 22, 2011


Hey all,

I'm going on vacation to Alaska and won't have computer access on Monday or most of the following week to update the blog! So, captains, still post your miles by Monday at midnight, but I won't be able the race map until after August 2nd!

Good luck everyone!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Week 5 Results

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Week 5 brings two teams to Arizona! She-Power is close to Lake Havasu! I hope they get a chance to swim in the huge lake. But they shouldn't stay too long because Greased Lightning isn't far behind and hankering to get back their lead! Still fighting to maintain their 3rd place lead is Racing Rhetoricians. They're spending time in Amarillo, TX, but JUST behind them is Team Alpha!! Alpha is SO close to passing into 3rd place. Finally, the Atalantas have left Git 'er Done in the dust! They've made their way to just outside Tulsa while Git 'er Done is just outside Warnecke's hometown in Illinois!

Good job teams. We're almost all the way across the country. Next week I bet at least one team will be making the turn in California and headed back east!

She-Power Week 5

Betsy - 30 miles
Holly - 21 miles
Julie - 6 miles
Jenny - 18 miles

Total week miles - 75 miles
Total week virtual miles - 750 miles

Overall total virtual miles - 3705 miles

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 5

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 5
Sarah Bollinger 8
Georgie Miller 13
Stacy Day 16
Mike Caplet 22

Total miles 59
Total virtual miles 590
Virtual miles to date 2940

The Atalantas - Week 5

Kira: 5
Jenni: 20
Karen: 11
Beth: 30

Weekly miles: 66
Weekly virtual miles: 660

Total virtual miles: 2518

Greased Lightning - Week 5

Jessy - 15 miles
Julie - 16 miles
Chris - 5 miles
Monica - 30 miles
Total Miles - 61 miles
Virtual Miles 610
Total Virtual Miles 3482.50 miles

Git 'er Done Week 5

Sara- 18 miles
Dalyn- 26 miles
Patrick- 7 miles
Jennifer - 10 miles

Week 5 total miles= 61
Week 5 total virtual miles= 610 virtual miles

Total virtual = 2115 miles

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Week 4 Results

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Week four brought an upset to the leading team! Team She-Power moved into first place and is taking a short rest in Armarillo, TX!! Also in Texas is Greased Lightning, hanging out on the border of TX and Oklahoma (home state of Betsy!). Both teams Racing Rhetoricians and TASACDWS are taking a nice hike in Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. This team is only 5 miles apart!!! Next week there could be another upset. Watch out, Racing Rhetoricians! Finally, the Atalantas took a decent lead ahead of Git 'er Done. The Atalanta's are just outside Mandestor, TN, while Git 'er Done is enjoying the beauty of Arabi, GA.

We've been at this a month so far, gang, and I can't believe how fun it's been! I love the competition of it all. So keep going. Work hard, and push yourselves this week!

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 4

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 4
Sarah Bollinger 14
Georgie Miller 9.5
Stacy Day 14
Mike Caplet 24

Total miles 61.5
Total virtual miles 615
Virtual miles to date 2350

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 4

Week 4 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 15
Jennifer 6
Lesley 12
Stacie 30

Total Miles: 63
Week Virtual Miles 630

Total Virtual Miles: 2345 miles

The Atalantas - Week 4

Kira: 11.5
Jenni: 25
Karen: 5.5
Beth: 18

Week 4 miles = 60
Week 4 virtual miles = 600

Total virtual miles = 1858

She-Power Week 4

Betsy - 30 miles
Julie - 4.5 miles
Holly - 30 miles
Jen - 27 miles

Total week miles - 91.5
Total week virtual miles - 915

Total virtual miles = 2955

Greased Lightning - Week 4

Jessy - 30 miles
Julie - 12 miles
Chris - 9.75 miles
Monica - 26 miles

Total Miles: 77.75 miles
Virtual Miles : 777.5 miles
Total Virtual Miles: 2872.50

Get Er Done Week 4

Sara- 5 miles
Dalyn- 6 miles
Patrick- 15.5 miles
Jennifer- 8 miles

Total: 34.50
Virtual: 345

Total Virtual Miles: 1505 miles

Thursday, July 7, 2011

An Option for All You Parents...

Trainer Josh!


Week 3 Results

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The race is really heating up and the teams seem to be in three distinct areas. Greased Lightning STILL has the lead with 2095 miles. They're resting comfortably in a little town called Marion, IL. Not far behind is She-Power, who checked in in Paducah, KY. I've spent some time on the lake there, and I'm sure She-Power is enjoying it while they gear up to try to take the lead. Not far back are two teams: Team Alpha and Team Racing Rhetoricians. The Racing Rhetoricians are just a little ahead in Dalton, GA while Team Super is only 20 miles behind them in Adairsville, GA. Finally, our last two teams are close to each other too. Team Git 'er Done has made it to the boarder of South Carolina and the Atalantas are just headed of them in Yulee, FL.

Go teams! This week could be a week of upsets as teams 1, 3, and 5 are very close to being overtaken by teams 2, 4, and 6!! Keep working hard. I hope y'all are seeing results of your increased exercise!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week Three

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 3

Sarah Bollinger - 15

Georgie Miller - 11

Stacy Day - 12
Mike Caplet - 22

(minus five miles for lateness)

Total miles - 55
Total virtual miles - 550
Virtual miles to date - 1735

Monday, July 4, 2011

Git 'er Done Week 3

Patrick: 5 miles
Sara: 5 miles
Warnecke: 10 miles
Dalyn: 20 miles

Total: 40 miles
Virtual miles: 400

Total Virtual Miles: 1160

Greased Lightning - Week 3

Jessy: 25 miles
Julie: 10 miles
Chris: 6 miles
Monica: 18.5 miles

Total Miles: 59.50 miles
Virtual Miles:595 miles
Total Virtual Miles:2095 miles

She-Power Week 3

Betsy - 24 miles
Holly - 13.5 miles
Julie - 12.5 miles
Jen - 21 miles

Total miles = 71
Weekly virtual miles = 710

Total virtual miles = 2040

The Atalantas - Week 3

Kira: 10.5
Jenni: 11.2
Karen: 10.5
Beth: 21
Total miles = 43.2
Total virtual miles = 432
Total virtual miles to date = 1258

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron - Week 3

Week 3 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Josh 10.5
Jennifer 6
Lesley 15
Stacie 30

Total Miles 61.5
Week Virtual Miles 615

Total Virtual Miles: 1715 miles

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Week 2 Results

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The race continues and Greased Lightning is still in the lead. But not far behind them is She-Power, who has stopped off in Orlando. I hope they don't have too much fun on the rides this week. They're only about 120 miles behind the leaders. Also making it to Florida this week are the Racing Rhetoricians who has stopped for the night in Jacksonville, FL. Hopefully, they won't rest too long because Team Alpha... is only 85 miles away! Finally, the two teams who are taking in NC (and who can blame them!) are The Atalantas and Get 'er Done. Hopefully both those teams will move past the beautiful North Carolina scenery next week!

Good job this week, racers! I wonder how the midwest will feel next week as our teams head toward Belleville, IL and Tulsa, OK!

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron Week 2

Week 2 - Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron

Steve 4
Lesley 10
Jennifer 6
Stacie 30

Total Miles 50
Week Virtual Miles 500

Total Virtual Miles: 1100 miles

Monday, June 27, 2011

She-Power Week 2

Julie - 11 miles
Holly - 18 miles
Betsy - 21 miles
Jen - 26 miles

Total miles = 76 miles
Weekly virtual miles = 760 miles
Total virtual miles = 1330 miles

Git 'Er Done Week 2

Dalyn: 12 miles
Jen: 6 miles
Sara: 15 miles
Patrick: 17 miles

Week Total: 50 miles.
Virtual Week total: 500

Overall total: 760 miles

The Atalantas - Week 2

Kira: 5.5 mi.
Jenni: 17 mi.
Karen: 7.5 mi.
Beth: 13 mi.
Total miles = 43
Total week virtual miles = 430

Total virtual miles: 826 miles

Greased Lightning Week 2

Jessy: 30 miles
Julie: 10 miles
Chris: 7.5 miles
Monica: 23 miles

Total Miles: 70.5 miles
Virtual Miles: 705 miles
Total Virtual Miles: 1455 miles

The Racing Rhetoricians Week 2

Week 2 - The Racing Rhetoricians

Sarah Bollinger 14
Georgie Miller 14
Stacy Day 12
Mike Caplet 27.5

Total Miles 67.5
Week Virtual Miles 675

Total Virtual Miles: 1185 miles

Monday, June 20, 2011

Week 1 Results

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First week is complete! Good job everyone! The race began in Westerly, RI, birthplace to Holly, Julie B, and Jenni!

Here's where the teams have ended up after a week of racing:

Greased Lightning has a good lead with 750 miles. They've landed in High Point, NC! Not far behind are two teams: She-Power (with 570 miles) and Racing Rhetoricians (510 miles). She-Power is resting for the night in Lynchburg, VA--home place of racer Stacie Dusetzina--while Racing Rhetoricians have paused in Verona, VA. A few miles back is the team with the longest name ever: Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron in Mt. Jackson, VA (470 miles). Hanging out near the Baltimore (and maybe checking out /The Wire/ filming sites) are The Atalantas (396 miles). Finally, Get 'er Done is regrouping in beautiful Wilmington (260 miles).

Greased Lightning has laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the teams! They're 180 miles ahead of the 2nd place team, but not so far ahead that someone can't catch up next week!

REVISION: Team Alpha Super.... has advanced to 2nd place with 600 miles!
Keep up all the good work!

Git 'er Done - Week 1

Sara : 15 miles
Patrick : 1 miles
Dalyn: 6 miles
Jennifer : 4 miles

Total miles: 26 miles
Total virtual miles: 260 miles.

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 1

The Racing Rhetoricians - Week 1

Sarah - 8 miles

Georgie - 10 miles

Stacy - 13 miles

Mike = - 20 miles

Total Miles - 51

Total Virtual Miles - 510

Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron Week 1

Lesley: 14 miles
Steve: 8 miles
Stacie: 25 miles
Mythical Person 4: 13

Total miles = 60
Total virtual miles = 600 miles

The Atalantas Week 1

Kira: 13.25 miles
Jenni: 6.75 miles
Karen: 5 miles
Beth: 14.6 miles

Total miles = 39.6
Total virtual miles = 396 miles

She-Power Week 1 Results

Holly : 18 miles

Julie : 10 miles

Betsy: 14 miles

Jen: 15 miles

Total miles: 57 miles

Total virtual miles: 570 miles


Greased Lightning Week 1

Jessy : 30 Miles

Julie: 12 Miles

Chris : 9 Miles

Monica: 24 Miles

Total Miles : 75 Miles

Total Virtual Miles: 750

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Posting Miles

Hi all,

When your team captain posts miles, I suggest the following format to make things easier.

Title of post: Team Name Week X
Participant W: X miles
Participant X: X miles
Participant Y: X miles
Participant Z: X miles

Total miles: X miles
Total virtual miles: X*10 miles.

Also in the labels, put your team name and the week number so we can easily search through them.

Let me know if you have questions!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Race Course Map

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Here's our race map. It goes from Oceanside, CA (home of Dalyn) in the west to Bristol, RI (home of Karen) in the east, to Prairie Du Chien, WI (home of Monica) in the north to Osceola, FL (home of Georgie) in the south!

Getting Started

Below is the email I sent to everyone to kick off the race:

WOO-HOO! I've heard from everyone and created teams for our Race Across America. In the (long) email below are the teams, the details of the race, the rules, the the "mile equivalents" and the blog information. I want to make sure everyone is comfortable with these details, so if you have any questions or suggestions for additions or deletions, please reply all to the list so we can adjust accordingly. The race will begin Monday, June 13th. That's in two days!!


We will have 6 randomly selected teams of 4 people per team. To make things as fair as possible, I divided the participants up into people who have the summers "off" (aka teachers) and people who have fulltime jobs and/or kids. I then created the teams by randomly selecting the fulltime/kids people first and then the summers off people. So there should be a good balance of both on each team. The teams are as follows:

Team 1: Sarah B*, Mike, Georgie, Stacy

Team 2: Stacie*, Steve, Lesley, Jennifer Wh

Team 3: Sara*,Patrick, Dalyn, Jennifer Wa

Team 4: Jenny*, Julie G, Betsy, Holly

Team 5: Monica*, Chris, Julie B, Jessy

Team 6: Beth*, Karen, Kira, Jenni

I have put an (*) next to tentative team captains. These people will be responsible for initiating email contact (addresses in the "to" line above) for their groups the first time. After that, feel free to chose your own team captains. The team captain will be responsible for getting everyone's numbers each week and posting them to the blog. Also, each team will need a team name. Team captains can post that information on the blog.

Cost: $5. Please send me your $5 in the mail to Holly Ryan 105 Condor Ridge CT Audubon, PA 19403. The winning team will get all the money to split 4 ways, so that's $30 each, 7x your investment!

The Race:

The race course is a stop in each of your hometowns! I have plotted your hometowns on a map and created a course that stops in each town. The distance around the country is 7775 miles. See the blog for a picture of the race map!


1. The challenge will begin Monday, June 13th. Starting on Monday, participants can begin earning miles for their team.

2. The length of the race will be 7,775 "virtual miles." Every one mile you complete or earn in real life will be equal to 10 virtual miles. The first team to collectively earn 777.5 miles (= 7,775 "virtual miles") will be declared the winner. The “race route” will be posted on the blog by Sunday, June 12th.

3. Participants earn miles by keeping track of how far they run, jog or fast-walk each week, or by performing an equivalent exercise (see below). Note: for this challenge, only fitness walking (i.e., walking specifically for exercise) can be counted (as opposed to walking around a store, your house, etc.)

4. Each team will choose a team captain. Tentative captains are outlined above.

5. Team Captains are responsible for posting the team's total miles for the week on the blog. (Team members are responsible for reporting their individual miles to their team captain.)

6. Teams that do not post their miles by Monday 11:59 PM (ET) will be penalized 5 miles.

7. Holly will update the blog each week and indicate where each team is along the virtual route.

8. Until week 8 of the challenge, the maximum number of miles any one team member can earn per week will be 30 miles. After 8 weeks, there will be no restrictions.

9. At the end of the challenge, the first team to report that they have collectively earned enough miles to finish the race will be named the winner.

10. In the event that no team has "crossed the finish line" by 10:00 AM (ET) Monday, August 22, the team that is closest to the finish line will be declared the winner.

11. If you do not walk or run your miles, you can earn equivalent miles in the following ways: Moderate activity (and strength training) = 2 miles per hour; and Intense activity = 4 miles per hour. See suggested definitions and activities below.

1 hour moderate-intensity activity= 2 mile. Doing these activities means you're working hard enough to raise your breathing or heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell is that you'll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favorite song. Examples of this might include: Water aerobics, riding a bike on mostly level ground, water skiing, dancing, playing doubles tennis, recreational canoeing or kayaking, yard word (such as pushing a lawn mower), certain types of yoga.

1 hour of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity= 4 miles Doing these activities means you're breathing hard an fast and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. These activities might include swimming, riding a bike fast or on hills, playing singles tennis, competitive sports (soccer, basketball), aerobic dancing/kickboxing, rowing, jumping rope, etc.

The Blog:
We have a blog called 2DGreesofSeparation.blogspot.com named as such because I know everyone personally in the group except Mike, even though I've heard a lot about him! Yeah, it's a little convoluted but all the other names were taken! Right now the blog is naked, but I'll start putting up things after I complete this email.