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.