2013 HOPE Relay Final Results

Division: OPEN MIXED 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 70 SAMMY’S HOPE 1 1:41:01 Sammy’s HOPE 1
2 72 VIS FOR SAMMY 2 1:47:08 VIS for Sammy 2
3 53 SAMMY’S HOPE 2 1:48:36 Sammy’S HOPE 2
4 50 CHESSY AND THE PLANINGTONS 1:50:48 Chessy and the Planingtons
5 51 IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY 1:55:30 It Runs in the Family
6 39 ELITE 2:00:56 Elite
7 79 TEAM HOPE 2:03:44 Team HOPE
8 47 415TH CBRN BDE SOLDIERS 2 2:06:40 415th CBRN BDE Soldiers 2
9 74 HOPE WE FINISH 2:07:13 HOPE We Finish
10 22 ROLL TAJH 2:08:37 Roll Tajh
11 46 415TH CBRN BDE SOLDIERS 1 2:09:28 415th CBRN BDE Soldiers 1
12 41 HOPE DYNASTY 2:10:54 Hope Dynasty
13 15 BEAUTIES AND THE BEAST 2:12:48 Beauties and the Beast
14 24 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOPE 2:13:13 There’s no place like Hope
15 44 TEAM BTG 2:14:20 Team BTG
16 1 CAMERON 2:18:26 Cameron
17 17 BUSTIN FOR JUSTIN 2 2:23:53 Bustin for Justin 2
18 42 MIKEY SAYEGH 2:31:36 Mikey Sayegh
19 9 SC TEST PREP 2:35:51 SC Test Prep
20 18 CLAYMAN 1 2:52:35 Clayman 1
Division:   OPEN MALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 75 CLAYMAN SCORPIONS 1:40:07 Clayman Scorpions
Division:   OPEN FEMALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 69 POND WATER 1:52:17 Pond Water
2 30 8 FEET 4 HEARTS 1 HOPE 1:57:17 8 feet 4 hearts 1 HOPE
3 19 DURAN WHORAN 2:11:13 Duran WhoRan
4 14 MOMS AND THEIR GIRLS 2:12:12 Moms and Their Girls
5 7 JAXON’S ARC 2:40:28 Jaxon’s ARC
Division:   SUBMASTERS MIXED 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 62 RTO NATIONAL 1:41:21 RTO National
2 67 FAITH LOVE HOPE STRENGTH 1:44:35 Faith Love Hope Strength
3 52 MALONE COACHING 1:51:23 Malone Coaching
4 25 BOW TIES ARE COOL 2:02:50 Bow Ties Are Cool
5 21 HOPE HEROES 2:07:00 HOPE Heroes
6 23 TEAM SADIE 2:11:34 Team Sadie
7 26 HOSKINS FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY 2:35:57 Hoskins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
8 12 DOGS FOR AUTISM 2:36:51 Dogs for Autism
9 2 CAROLINA HOLDINGS 1 2:54:24 Carolina Holdings 1
Division:   SUBMASTERS MALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 66 ELLIOTT DAVIS 3 1:45:04 Elliott Davis 3
2 16 BUSTIN FOR JUSTIN 1:53:55 Bustin for Justin
3 11 TEAM SHAKE AND BAKE 2:09:32 Team Shake and Bake
Division:   SUBMASTERS FEMALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 49 ALL IN FOR HOPE 1:51:38 All In for HOPE
2 38 CREW QSA 1:55:21 Crew QSA
3 43 MRTT 14 2:00:52 MRTT 14
4 76 FASTER THAN SNAILS 2:06:09 Faster Than Snails
5 8 NEVER TUTU HOPEFUL 2:21:52 Never Tutu Hopeful
6 4 FINE WINE 2:25:02 Fine Wine
7 3 DAUGHTERS OF THE KING 2:31:55 Daughters of the King
Division:   CORPORATE MIXED 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 65 ELLIOTT DAVIS 2 1:41:03 Elliott Davis 2
2 73 FIFTH THIRD FOR BRENNAH AND SAMMY 1:59:42 Fifth Third for Brennah and Sammy
Division:   CORPORATE FEMALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 45 VIS FOR SAMMY 1 2:07:24 VIS for Sammy 1
2 20 ELLIOTT DAVIS TEAM 4 2:19:53 Elliott Davis Team 4
3 31 AHEAD START 2:27:08 Ahead Start
4 6 HKA 2 3:01:08 HKA 2
Division:   COLLEGE MIXED 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 27 WOFFORD CROSS COUNTRY 1 1:37:49 Wofford Cross Country 1
2 28 WOFFORD CROSS COUNTRY 2 1:37:50 Wofford Cross Country 2
3 71 CONNIES FOR HOPE 1:50:24 Connies for HOPE
4 40 HKA 1 2:11:47 HKA 1
5 10 TEAM JOHNSON 2:38:02 Team Johnson
6 5 GOTTA RUN GOTTA HOPE 2:54:47 Gotta Run Gotta Hope
Division:   COLLEGE MALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 55 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 2 1:40:56 Wofford for HOPE 2
2 54 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 1 1:42:29 Wofford for HOPE 1
3 56 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 3 1:44:32 Wofford for HOPE 3
4 57 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 4 1:45:32 Wofford for HOPE 4
5 58 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 5 1:52:33 Wofford for HOPE 5
6 61 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 8 1:52:51 Wofford for HOPE 8
7 60 WOFFORD FOR HOPE 7 1:56:11 Wofford for HOPE 7
Division:   COLLEGE FEMALE 14
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 33 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 2 1:57:21 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 2
2 32 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 1 1:57:58 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 1
3 68 PC BLUE HOSE 2:01:05 PC Blue Hose
4 34 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 3 2:08:16 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 3
5 37 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 6 2:24:51 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 6
6 36 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 5 2:25:03 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 5
7 35 BLUE HOSE SOFTBALL FOR HOPE 4 2:29:21 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 4
Division:   OPEN MIXED 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 100 4BALANCE FITNESS 4:13:34 4Balance Fitness
2 92 PULLING A CHANCEN 4:20:36 Pulling a Chancen
3 102 CLEMSON EWB 4:27:42 Clemson EWB
Division:   OPEN MALE 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 104 SLOW MOTION 4:17:06 Slow Motion
2 94 TIGER LILLY 2 4:43:04 Tiger Lilly 2
Division:   OPEN FEMALE 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 105 SOUL SISTERS 4:12:45 Soul Sisters
2 106 TIGER LILLY 1 4:14:57 Tiger Lilly 1
3 91 MOMS RUN THIS TOWN 4:48:32 Moms Run This Town
4 82 RUNNING IS EASY. NAMES ARE NOT. 5:17:56 Running is Easy. Names are Not.
Division:   SUBMASTERS MIXED 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 103 RYBERG +1 3:58:35 Ryberg +1
2 93 TEAM ANDREW 4:26:07 Team Andrew
3 85 NO LIMITS 4:28:45 No Limits
4 88 GRISWALDS WITH HOPE 4:37:55 Griswalds with HOPE
5 89 HOPE SWEAT & BEERS 4:43:06 Hope Sweat & Beers
6 83 TEAM DEAN 5:04:27 Team Dean
7 90 KICKIN’ ASPHALT FOR HOPE 5:06:26 Kickin’ Asphalt for HOPE
8 81 ROAD KILL 5:32:06 Road Kill
Division:   SUBMASTERS FEMALE 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 101 BABES ON FIRE 4:15:42 Babes on Fire
2 80 QUATTRO MAMAS FOR HOPE 5:28:42 Quattro Mamas for HOPE
Division:   CORPORATE MALE 34
Place Bib # Name Finish Time Team Name
1 87 ELLIOTT DAVIS 1 4:09:42 Elliott Davis 1
2 86 DAY TRADERS 4:52:27 Day Traders

FINAL 2013 HOPE RELAY PARTICIPANT START TIMES (Teams Alphabetically Listed)

2013 HOPE RELAY START TIMES
Bib Team Name Start Time Course
46 415th CBRN BDE Soldiers 1 8:30 AM HOPE 14
47 415th CBRN BDE Soldiers 2 8:30 AM HOPE 14
100 4Balance Fitness 9:00 AM HOPE 34
30 8-4-1 Team 8:15 AM HOPE 14
31 Ahead Start 8:15 AM HOPE 14
49 All in for HOPE 8:30 AM HOPE 14
101 Babes on Fire 9:00 AM HOPE 34
15 Beauties & the Beast 8:00 AM HOPE 14
32 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 1 8:15 AM HOPE 14
33 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 2 8:15 AM HOPE 14
34 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 3 8:15 AM HOPE 14
35 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 4 8:15 AM HOPE 14
36 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 5 8:15 AM HOPE 14
37 Blue Hose Softball for Hope 6 8:15 AM HOPE 14
25 Bow Ties Are Cool 8:00 AM HOPE 14
16 Bustin for Justin 1 8:00 AM HOPE 14
17 Bustin for Justin 2 8:00 AM HOPE 14
1 Cameron 7:40 AM HOPE 14
2 Carolina Holdings 7:40 AM HOPE 14
63 Carolina Holdings 2 8:45 AM HOPE 14
50 Chessy and the Planingtons 8:30 AM HOPE 14
18 Clayman 1 8:00 AM HOPE 14
75 Clayman Scorpions 8:00 AM HOPE 14
102 Clemson EWB 9:00 AM HOPE 34
71 Connies for HOPE 8:45 AM HOPE 14
38 Crew QSA 8:15 AM HOPE 14
3 Daughters of the King 7:40 AM HOPE 14
86 Day Traders 8:45 AM HOPE 34
12 Dogs for Autism 7:40 AM HOPE 14
19 Duran WhoRan 8:00 AM HOPE 14
39 Elite 8:15 AM HOPE 14
87 Elliott Davis 1 8:45 AM HOPE 34
65 Elliott Davis 2 8:45 AM HOPE 14
66 Elliott Davis 3 8:45 AM HOPE 14
20 Elliott Davis 4 8:00 AM HOPE 14
67 Faith, Love, Hope, Strength 8:45 AM HOPE 14
76 Faster Than Snails 8:15 AM HOPE 14
73 Fifth Third Bank for Brennah and Sammy 8:00 AM HOPE 14
4 Fine Wine 7:40 AM HOPE 14
5 Gotta Run, Gotta Hope 7:40 AM HOPE 14
88 Griswalds for HOPE 8:45 AM HOPE 34
40 HKA 1 8:15 AM HOPE 14
6 HKA 2 7:40 AM HOPE 14
41 Hope Dynasty 8:15 AM HOPE 14
21 Hope Heroes 8:00 AM HOPE 14
74 HOPE We Finish 8:00 AM HOPE 14
89 Hope, Sweat & Beers 8:45 AM HOPE 34
26 Hoskins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 8:00 AM HOPE 14
51 It Runs in the Family 8:30 AM HOPE 14
7 Jaxon’s ARC 7:40 AM HOPE 14
48 Just 1 8:30 AM HOPE 14
13 KD Girls 8:30 AM HOPE 14
90 Kickin Asphalt for HOPE 8:45 AM HOPE 34
52 Malone Coaching 8:30 AM HOPE 14
42 Mikey Sayegh 8:15 AM HOPE 14
14 Moms and Their Girls 8:00 AM HOPE 14
91 Moms Run This Town 8:45 AM HOPE 34
43 MRTT 14 8:15 AM HOPE 14
77 My Sport is Your Sports Punishment 8:15 AM HOPE 14
8 Never Tutu Hopeful 7:40 AM HOPE 14
85 No Limits 8:45 AM HOPE 34
68 PC Blue Hose 8:45 AM HOPE 14
69 Pond Water 8:45 AM HOPE 14
92 Pulling a Chancen 8:45 AM HOPE 34
80 Quattro Mamas for HOPE 8:30 AM HOPE 34
81 Road Kill 8:30 AM HOPE 34
22 Roll Tajh 8:00 AM HOPE 14
62 RTO National 8:30 AM HOPE 14
82 Running is Easy Names are Not 8:30 AM HOPE 34
103 Ryberg+1 9:00 AM HOPE 34
70 Sammy’s HOPE 1 8:45 AM HOPE 14
53 Sammy’s HOPE 2 8:30 AM HOPE 14
9 SC Test Prep 7:40 AM HOPE 14
104 Slow Motion 9:00 AM HOPE 34
105 Soul Sisters 9:00 AM HOPE 34
93 Team Andrew 8:45 AM HOPE 34
44 Team BTG 8:15 AM HOPE 14
83 Team Dean 8:15 AM HOPE 34
10 Team Johnson 7:40 AM HOPE 14
64 Team Rabel 8:45 AM HOPE 14
23 Team Sadie 8:00 AM HOPE 14
11 Team Shake and Bake 7:40 AM HOPE 14
24 There’s No Place Like Hope 8:00 AM HOPE 14
106 Tiger Lilly 1 9:00 AM HOPE 34
94 Tiger Lilly 2 8:45 AM HOPE 34
45 VIS for Sammy 1 8:15 AM HOPE 14
72 VIS for Sammy 2 8:15 AM HOPE 14
27 Wofford Cross Country 1 8:45 AM HOPE 14
28 Wofford Cross Country 2 8:45 AM HOPE 14
29 Wofford Cross Country 3 8:45 AM HOPE 14
54 Wofford for HOPE 1 8:30 AM HOPE 14
55 Wofford for HOPE 2 8:30 AM HOPE 14
56 Wofford for HOPE 3 8:30 AM HOPE 14
57 Wofford for HOPE 4 8:30 AM HOPE 14
58 Wofford for HOPE 5 8:30 AM HOPE 14
59 Wofford for HOPE 6 8:30 AM HOPE 14
60 Wofford for HOPE 7 8:30 AM HOPE 14
61 Wofford for HOPE 8 8:30 AM HOPE 14

Start Times Released (complete teams as of 10-31-2013)

                     2013 HOPE Relay Start Time Schedule (as of 10/31/2013)

HOPE 14

7:40 a.m.         Cameron, Carolina Holdings, Daughters of the King, Fine Wine, Gotta Run Gotta Hope, HKA 2, Jaxon’s ARC, Never Tutu Hopeful,  SC Test Prep, Team Johnson, Team Shake and Bake

 

8:00 a.m.        Beauties & the Beast, Bustin for Justin, Bustin for Justin 2, Clayman 1, Duran WhoRan, Elliott Davis 4, Hope Heroes, Roll Tajh, Team Sadie, There’s no place like HOPE

 

8:15 a.m.         8-4-1 Team, Ahead Start, Blue Hose Softball 1, Blue Hose Softball 2, Blue Hose Softball 3, Blue Hose Softball 4, Blue Hose Softball 5, Blue Hose Softball 6, Crew QSA, Elite, HKA 1, Hope Dynasty, Mikey Sayegh, MRTT 14, Team BTG

 

8:30 a.m.       Chessy and the Planingtons, It Runs in the Family, Malone Coaching, Sammy’s Team 2, Wofford Baseball 1, Wofford Baseball 2, Wofford Baseball 3, Wofford Baseball 4, Wofford Baseball 5, Wofford Baseball 6, Wofford Baseball 7, Wofford Baseball 8

 

8:45 a.m.         Elliott Davis 2, Elliott Davis 3, Faith Love Hope Strength, PC Blue Hose, Pond Water, Sammy’s Team

 

HOPE 34

8:30 a.m.         Quattro Mamas for HOPE, Road Kill, Running is Easy Names are Not, Team Dean

 

8:45 a.m.         Day Traders, Elliott Davis 1, Griswalds for HOPE, Hope Sweat & Beers, Kickin Asphalt for HOPE, Moms Run This Town, Pulling a Chancen, Team Andrew, Tiger Lilly 2

 

9:00 a.m.         4Balance Fitness, Babes on Fire, Clemson EWB, Ryberg+1, Slow Motion, Soul Sisters, Tiger Lilly 1

Results – 2012 HOPE Relay

2012 HOPE Relay Results

 

Division: OPEN 47 FEMALE

Bib # Name Total Division  

109

Rapid Thigh Movement

7:25:30

OPEN 47 FEMALE  

 

 

Division: OPEN 47 COED

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

107

Proaxis Therapy Team 1

6:09:43

OPEN 47 COED

2

110

Slow Motion

6:39:35

OPEN 47 COED

3

108

Proaxis Therapy Team 2

6:47:06

OPEN 47 COED

4

102

Clemson Creative Inquiry

6:58:45

OPEN 47 COED

5

103

Dave Odom

7:07:09

OPEN 47 COED

 

 

Division: SUBMASTERS 47 MALE

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

112

DNR Uno – Crankin’ Drank

6:40:06

SUBMASTERS 47 MALE

2

114

Tiger Lilly 2

6:52:35

SUBMASTERS 47 MALE

 

 

Division: SUBMASTERS 47 FEMALE

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

113

Tiger Lilly 1

6:36:03

SUBMASTERS 47 FEMALE

 

Division: SUBMASTERS 47 COED

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

106

Hope Sweat & Beers

6:48:56

SUBMASTERS 47 COED

2

111

 

DNR Tatlo – Laughin & Limpin

7:35:30

SUBMASTERS 47 COED

 

 

Division: MASTERS 47 COED

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

101

Bennett’s Gang

6:56:40

MASTERS 47 COED

 

 

 

 

 

Division: MASTERS 47 FEMALE

Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

100

Babes on Fire

6:31:19

MASTERS 47 FEMALE

2

104

Energizer Bunnies

9:15:50

MASTERS 47 FEMALE

Division: CORPORATE 20 MALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

37

Elliott Davis 2

2:35:00

CORPORATE 20 MALE

2

41

GE Road Runners

2:51:25

CORPORATE 20 MALE

3

38

ESI

3:39:31

CORPORATE 20 MALE

 

Division: CORPORATE 20 FEMALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

51

Team RE

4:08:02

CORPORATE 20 FEMALE

 

Division: CORPORATE 20 COED
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

36

Elliott Davis 1

2:39:55

CORPORATE 20 COED

2

43

Teams in Training

2:56:30

CORPORATE 20 COED

3

35

Dogs for Autism

3:33:21

CORPORATE 20 COED

4

40

GE Repeat Offenders

4:22:00

CORPORATE 20 COED

5

39

GE Piddlers

4:38:29

CORPORATE 20 COED

 

Division: OPEN 20 COED
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

46

Team Houck

3:11:42

OPEN 20 COED

2

47

Ahead Start

3:23:45

OPEN 20 COED

3

34

Team Clayman

3:37:23

OPEN 20 COED

 

Division: OPEN 20 FEMALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

53

TTB (Team Ten Boobs)

2:27:00

OPEN 20 FEMALE

2

52

Tiger Lilly 3

2:59:13

OPEN 20 FEMALE

3

32

4 Tigers and a Hokie

3:16:03

OPEN 20 FEMALE

4

54

Gotta Run Clemson

3:16:38

OPEN 20 FEMALE

5

33

4Balance Fitness

3:17:08

OPEN 20 FEMALE

 

 

Division: SUBMASTERS 20 FEMALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

48

Hope Heroines

3:50:00

SUBMASTERS 20 FEMALE

 

Division: SUBMASTERS 20 COED
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

44

Team Ryberg

2:30:43

SUBMASTERS 20 COED

2

45

Team Hoskins

3:47:59

SUBMASTERS 20 COED

 

Division: HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

59

Terriers for Hope 3

3:14:13

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

2

57

Terriers for Hope 5

3:22:17

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

3

56

Terriers for Hope 4

3:22:28

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

4

49

Terriers for Hope 1

3:27:33

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

5

50

Terriers for Hope 2

3:33:55

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

6

58

Terriers for Hope 6

3:44:07

HIGH SCHOOL 20 MALE

 

Division: MASTERS 20 MALE
Place Bib # Name Total Division

1

42

Hulk Smash

2:16:40

MASTERS 20 MALE

Need a runner…Need a team…

Do you need a runner or two to complete your team?

Are you an individual runner in search of a team?

No problem!  We can help.  Just contact me at 864.907.8449 or email me at markmartin@projecthopesc.org and I will match you up.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Mark Martin

An Olympic Experience by Alaric Gwynn

I love the Olympics

Am I the only one that was affected?  Watching the Olympics just made me want to………watch the Olympics. So, in honor of the Olympics I took a 16 day break from training.

I know, I am in trouble.  The Olympics were supposed to give me motivation and the inspiration I needed to get out and run; being a natural talent has always made training difficult for me. With roughly eight weeks until the Hope Relay I am kicking it into gear.

The Plan

7 weeks of training consisting of the following:

4 runs a week (7 mile@easy) (6 mile@med) (5 mile@hard) (8 mile@med)

3 swims a week (500m – lets be reasonable)

I would put diet restrictions on here but there are people that read this that see me every day and to avoid any disputes over my lunch choices I’m just going to say – Healthier!

 

The Motivation

I am honored to work every day with the children of Project Hope foundation.  The motivation for my training is built into my workplace and I spend a lot of time their immersed in learning, development, and success of our children with Autism and their families.  Knowing that this race allows the foundation I work for to help these children and families more gives me all the motivation I need.  If you are low in motivation or just getting over the Olympics, leave a comment to find out about possible visits to meet some of the children you will benefit by running in the 2012 Hope Relay.

 

The Goal

Run strong, Run long, Find HOPE!

Check back to see how weeks 1-3 go!  Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions, questions, and/or want to brag about your training schedule.

AND, does anyone know of a way to deal with Olympic withdrawal?

Alaric Gwynn

A special day with friends – The HOPE Relay Experience by Phil Feisal

I have been a runner for over 20 years and have “raced” in events from a 1 mile fun run to a very competitive 50 miler and every distance in between. Until last year’s HOPE relay, I had never participated in an ultra distance relay. While I was excited about the prospect of spending the day with my running buddies traversing beautiful northern Greenville County and Western North Carolina, I did not realize that the nature of a long relay, and this event in particular, would make for a uniquely special experience. From the early morning start (where all teams were gathered) to the late afternoon finish (where we joined our last runner to cross the line together), we had an unforgettable adventure. Riding up and down the road in our van while our assigned “6th man” was running his leg of the race up the Greenville Watershed, through the Cliffs community, or down the Swamp Rabbit Trail brought great entertainment and stories to share. Everything about the experience exceeded my expectations of the day. The relay stations were well provisioned, the volunteers extraordinary, the post-race bash so much fun and most importantly, the cause for which we ran was (and is) so noble and meaningful. Project HOPE offers so much to so many throughout the upstate. Families who might think that they are alone find a community of people ready to help in so many different ways.

As we finished the relay last year, I was struck by the people that participated; not just the number of folks committing a day for this cause, but the variations in age, skill and most curiously, attire…all signing up to participate for their own reasons, but all understanding as we finished under a setting sun that we contributed to something very worthwhile. HOPE Relay 2011 was a beautiful day (in so many different ways) and I expect that HOPE Relay 2012 will be every bit it’s equal, if not better.

Phil Feisal

Crazy Runners with a Cause or just Running for a Cause?

Many call us crazy for signing up to run for miles up and down the hills, errr mountains, of Upstate SC. I’m not an ultra-endurance athlete; in fact I only just ran my first half marathon in the last two months. The truth is it doesn’t take an ultra-endurance athlete or a crazy running fanatic to participate in the HOPE Relay! Many races in our area support great causes, non-profit organizations and the like. Few of those races touch my heart like the HOPE Relay does.
My motivation to participate in the HOPE Relay ultimately comes from a place of compassion and a desire to help those in need. The HOPE Foundation needs our help, and they have created a way for us to participate in a journey that aligns with a family’s journey through the diagnosis of autism. Many at the HOPE Foundation describe the HOPE Relay as a perfect analogy to the road of autism. The HOPE Relay represents a longer challenge that requires team work to conquer the trials and celebrations of such a journey.
The HOPE Relay brings together teams of up to 5 people for a day to tackle 46 or 23 miles of running or walking through the Upstate Mountains. As you may guess, it is possible for an endurance athlete to come out and tackle 46 miles on their own, but to do this without a team would only be handing disservice to yourself and those we have come out to support. Much of the challenge of the HOPE Relay is having the faith that your teammates will pull through doing their best to accomplish your team’s goal whether that is to finish this race or to beat the clock; the HOPE Relay requires trust, camaraderie and a good spirit!
I feel strongly that not only will the HOPE Relay make you stronger and a more passionate individual; but you can help The HOPE Foundation to continue to make a difference supporting those with autism in our community. With 1 in 88 children affected by autism, our support is needed more than ever. In the words of Lisa Lane, “We can’t run away from these frightening numbers. So, instead, we run toward a way to serve these children!” So please join us! Your participation in the HOPE Relay will support many programs that provide hope to families who struggle with autism.

Come Run With Us!