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Meet Nuun’s 2012 Hood To Coast Team

 

Last year the ladies on the Nuun Hood to Coast team – along with the Nuun staffers – shared lots of laughs, many miles, even more tweets, and formed some lifelong friendships in the process. The experience was one of a lifetime for everyone, and this year we’ve added on a third team to triple the fun.

Reviewing all of the amazing candidates was an honor. It was no easy task to select our team because every applicant was so deserving. However, after hours of viewing and thoughtful consideration, here are the ladies who will be joining us in 2012. The list of 30 team members and 6 alternates are in no specific order. Be sure to check out their blogs, congratulate them and wish them happy miles!

We are truly so excited to introduce this year’s Nuun-fanatic, all female blogger team for Hood to Coast 2012. All 6 vans will be part of Team AfterNuun Delight. Welcome to the Nuun family, ladies!

Team

Amanda  – Runninghood

Caroline – Canadian Runner in Exile

Corey – Schnoodles of Fun

Dorothy – Mile Posts

Elizabeth – Running For Bling

Emily – Sweat Once a Day

Harmony – Keep on Keeping On

Jennifer – The Fit Fork

Jess – Blonde Ponytail

Jessica – Pace of Me

Jocelyn – Enthusiastic Runner

Katie – Katie RUNS This

Kelly – According to Kelly

Kelsey – The Go Girl Blog

Laura– Camping Out In America

Lauren – Health on the Run

Lindsay – Lindsay On The Go

Molly – Mollyberries’ Hodge Podge

Ricole Runs – Ricole Runs

Robyn  – run pretty run fast

Sarah – Once Upon a (L)ime

Sarah – Running Starfish

Stephanie – Epicurious Runner

Susan – Nurse on the Run

Tiffany – Heavy Medal

Tricia – Tricia Minnick

Tonia – Racing With Babes

XLMIC – Taking It On

Vanessa – Gourmet Runner

Zoe – run, zoe, run!

 

Alternates

Andrea Ste Marie – The MF Dre

Jess McMullin – Run with Jess

Katie McFarland – mom’s little running buddy

Kayte McNulty – Long Legs on the Loose

Krissy Murphy – Shiawase Life

Meggie Smith – The Thinks I Can Think

 

 


Want to join Nuun’s Hood to Coast Relay Team?

Nuun Hood to Coast

Your favorite electrolyte tab is at it again, this year with not two, but three all female, all blogger teams!

 

The Event:

  • -August 24th-25th
  • -197 miles
  • -Largest Running Relay in the World!

 

Participants:

  • -Bring your running gear
  • -Bring a sleeping bag
  • -Bring your sense of adventure
  • -Bring yourself
  • -Participants must provide their own travel to/from Seattle

 

Nuun will provide:

  • -Airport shuttle to/from airport
  • -Nuun schwagg and goodies galore
  • -Fun, but optional, activities on Wed and Thurs leading up to race day, lodging provided
  • -Vans for transort to the race start and for the race itself
  • -Food and hydration for the race
  • -Team accommodations at the finish to clean up, relax, and crash “slumber party” style
  • -Shuttle back to Seattle or SeaTac airport Saturday PM or Sunday AM

 

Here’s the catch (don’t worry…it’s a fun catch!)

  1. You have to be a female.
  2. You have to have an active blog.
  3. That’s it!

 

To apply:

Submit a creative application (more details below) to iwannarun@nuun.com by Monday April 9th.

Please include the following information in the body of your email:

  • -Name (and pen-name if you prefer we use that for publication)
  • -10k split time (HTC requires this)
  • -Number of active blog followers (does NOT affect your odds of selection)
  • -And list any other social media activities you engage in (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, other) with any pertinent metrics like followers, likes, etc.

We want to meet you through your application. Pictures and videos are preferred, but anything goes…so get creative! Check out some of our favorite applications from last year for inspiration.

 

Runners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24th. 

IT’S HERE! Our Hood To Coast Video Re-Cap

Want to hear more about our adventures at the race? Check out our “Reflections of a Van Driver” post where one of our own from Nuun HQ gives a funny insiders look at the craziness on the road. Or, you can check out the posts, photos, and reflections of each of our bloggers from around the country. Links to their individual websites and blogs are here.

Reflections From A Hood-To-Coast Van Driver

 

Van Driver (and Nuun CFO) Casey with Nuun Platuun member Tonia.

We are feeling inspired here at Nuun HQ by our blogger women and the many photos and multi-post descriptions from our amazing HTC weekend. Everyone here is still reflecting and sharing great memories from the event. *Whether they involved meeting the legendary Bart Yasso from Runner’s World, or making up new vocab words. Good times were had by everyone.

The ladies of Nuun Platuun even got our CFO Casey to run a little bit OUTSIDE of a baseball diamond!

For this post we asked another Nuun staffer and van driver to weigh in. Meet Alex.  He has worked for Nuun for the last 18 months, starting as a brand ambassador on the street marketing team, and now working with the logistics and operations team at Nuun HQ in Seattle.  The following is his take from the drivers seat.

 

 

Reflections of a Hood To Coast Van Driver

Several months ago, when Nuun announced they were going to be the hydration sponsor for the 30thannual Hood to Coast Relay, and field two women’s teams; and I was asked to step in as a driver.I heartily agreed, unaware of what I had just signed up for.

At 5:15 am on the morning of Friday, August 26th 2011, I am standing outside of a hotel in Seattle that housed a group of twenty women that would make up the Nuun Hood to Coast Teams for 2011.  The fact that the hotel was still intact was a good sign.  I am dressed in camouflage to match my team’s theme – The Nuun Platuun, appropriately prepared for battle.  Inside the lobby, a small detachment of sleepy looking ladies files out of the elevator and hovers around the coffee urns chatting.  In half an hour we pile into our 12-seater rental van, plastered in window paint and Nuun branded car-magnets, ready for anything.

The following are my reflections and tips for survival as a HTC van driver. They are not meant to be taken as a professional or even an unbiased opinion. However they may be of use for the HTC newbie or the relay-unindoctrinated wishing to attempt driving the mother of all relays.

Traffic: A van driver’s schedule is divided into six parts; three parts driving on-course alongside the runners from your van, and the other three.  Theoretically, when you’re not on-course with your runners, you have about three hours to relax; grab a bite, use the bathrooms, and take a shower or a power nap… theoretically.  In reality, those hours are spent in lines of traffic stretching for miles over the designated route to the next van exchange point.  These commutes become more and more congested as you near the coast, and alternative routes are no longer an option.  If there’s a way to beat the system and avoid the traffic, we never figured it out.  Just jump in line and follow the van in front of you that is plastered in batman stickers, you’ll get there eventually.

Sleep: Don’t count on it.  You may get a few minutes to rest your eyes here or there, or maybe 45 minutes to roll out a tarp and a sleeping bag just as the sun begins to rise on Saturday morning, but don’t pencil these into your plans.  As stated above, you’ll likely spend the 20-30 hours of the race sitting upright in your driver’s seat.  If you find yourself deep in debate with voices in your head, trying to determine whether the van in front of you is going to win the prize for best decorations, or if it’s really a fire breathing dragon… that’s normal.  You will question whether or not it is safe to continue to operate a vehicle this size while suffering from sleep deprivation.  You’ll likely come to the conclusion that it is not.  You’ll keep driving either way.

Food: Fortunately, the Nuun vans were stocked with an assortment of snacks, energy foods and drinks that were easy to grab and munch on between legs, and kept drivers and runners charged up.  Think simple, single serving, space saving, high-calorie foods like: beef jerky, granola bars, trail mix, string cheese, pretzels, and some amazing home-made brownies.  For beverages, alcohol is prohibited on course, so we left the beer at home and consumed gallons of Nuun instead.

Bathrooms:  Bring your own toilet paper, and lots of it.  Better yet, take an intensive economics class at your local community college and then bring your own toilet paper.  Following supply and demand economics, you could be trading sheets of TP for small parcels of land by the time you reach the Oregon Coast.  HTC does a great job of providing dozens of Honey Buckets at each transition point, but it’s 20,000 runners – many of them are fueling with running nutrition products in the form of gummies and gels.  Not pretty and apparently uses lots more TP than one would think.

Cell Phones (or lack thereof):  Cell phone coverage along the Hood to Coast route is spotty in many locations, especially during the descent off of Mt. Hood, and the coastal lowlands in the last 100 miles.  Note: this is a HUGE issue when you are transporting a van full of facebook, blog, and twitter addicted individuals.  Maintain low and assuring tones, and keep the van moving forward to ‘look’ for better reception- even if that means stretching the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you out so you can continue to “roll” for as long as possible. FYI: Verizon customers had the best reception, while AT&T patrons could text but not tweet, and T-Mobile folks had fewer bars than Provo, UT.

Hygiene: Let’s be honest, you’re not going to brush your teeth, you’re not going to wash your face, and you’re probably not going to think about applying another coating of deodorant.  This is Hood to Coast, people.  You need antibacterial soap, maybe a few baby wipes, and a travel pack of Kleenex.  Trade in all the other goods for breathing room in the van; or, if you’re really ambitious – more toilet paper.

Despite the lack of sleep, the constant bathroom breaks in the honey-bucket cities, the monotony of mile after mile of bumper-to-bumper traffic at 3:00 am, the snoring of your teammates drifting off to HTC dreamland, and the lack of cell phone coverage… Hood to Coast might be the greatest adventure one can have in a 24 hour period without leaving the road.  We met many people who had been running the hood to coast for a decade, who had made it their annual family reunion or rescheduled a wedding around the relay.  It’s incredible that one event, just 200 miles, in a 24 hour period, can change so many people, when only a handful of those people, in that 24 hour period had not changed underwear for the full 200 miles.

One of the AfterNuun Delight Vans ready to roll.

The Hood to Coast relay presents many challenges, the fun part is overcoming them as a team.

I wish I had the unlimited pages and many extra hours it would take to describe the wonderful women that ran for the Nuun team in my van.  I wish I could retell a few of the jokes and the stories that were shared with near strangers in the wee hours of the morning.  I wish I could explain what it was like to see the president of Nuun prancing along the relay route at midnight in a sequin-covered, neon pink skirt.  All these things and more will be revealed by the many blog posts the ladies themselves have shared so please check out the links below.