Sunday (11/17) – a.k.a. Race Day!
I slept til 8 and then met up with some Team Challenge teammates for breakfast at 10. We just grabbed some food at the little food court by the casino in the Venetian. I had an egg and cheese sandwich on an English muffin and a hashbrown. Didn’t want to eat too much because I was trying to be smart about what I ate with the race happening later that afternoon. After eating, we all kind of went our separate ways for a bit to relax and get ready. It was nice to be able to sleep in and relax before the race since it didn’t start until the afternoon, but that also meant I had a lot of time to think about the race. The team met in the lobby at 2 for a photo.
Then we headed to the shuttles to get to the start line. One awesome thing about doing this race with Team Challenge is we didn’t have to worry about how we were going to get to the start line at the other end of the strip because buses were provided for us. They actually closed down the strip a little bit early this year so our buses could just drive down to the start instead of having to take back roads! There’s more about the actual run in my race recap, so be sure to check that out!
After we got back to the hotel, we did a quick shower and changed to meet up at the Grand Lux Cafe for some more food (I think runger had set in for all of us). I had a chicken quesadilla. Then we headed over to one of the bars/clubs, Rockhouse, in the Venetian for the Team Challenge after party. Rockhouse was donating 15% of proceeds to CCFA that night! They had karaoke, a mechanical bull, and music. It was a lot of fun! I ended up hanging out with some Team Challenge folks until 2 a.m. Then I got into bed and crashed after an awesome but exhausting day!
Monday morning was about packing and relaxing. I got my stuff together, said goodbye to my roommate, ate my Pop Tarts left over from the Team Challenge tent after the race, and headed over to Starbucks to treat myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
After killing some time and placing a couple of (losing) bets on the roulette table, I met the group to catch our shuttle to the airport. The whirlwind weekend was coming to an end. It was a truly amazing experience and I will definitely do another Team Challenge season in the future. Not sure if it will be Las Vegas or one of their other awesome locations, but I know it will be a blast!
I got to meet some amazing and inspiring people from all across the country. Each one had their own story and reasons for running and fundraising for CCFA. Some were living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, others were running in honor of someone they know who is living with one of these chronic diseases, and some were just out to run and raise money for a good cause. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I highly recommend Team Challenge to anyone looking to do a charity race!
Have you ever done a charity race?