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2006 Great Midwest Relay - Wisconsin & Illinois - Friday June 9th ...©Copyright Bill Thom

The Great Midwest Relay is a team footrace that runs from Madison, WI through Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL. Scenic streets, trails, bike paths and parks make up the course as it winds 190 miles through pastoral, suburban and urban settings.

Captain Michael Davenport took notice of the Great Midwest Relay after its 2005 inaugural running. Michael figured he could put together a competitive team drawing from his Chicago area running friends who are always eager for a challenge.

Recruiting went well and Michael formed a 12-person, Mixed-Open team, consisting of (in relay order):
1. Bob Mitera
2. Kevin O'Neil
3. Ken Scharrman
4. Dave Cameron
5. Tina Chase
6. Jen Kuhn
7. Angie Paprocki
8. Bill Thom
9. Dan Ewan
10. Jim Stein
11. Mark Polinko
12. Michael Davenport

The team was organized into two vans, which shuttled members between transition areas. Each member ran three legs of approximately 5¼ miles. After running a leg a member would rest, wait, and prepare for their next rotation.

It took 22 hours, 9 minutes, 48 seconds for our Greater Chicago Running Team to cover the distance, which placed us 3rd overall of 62 finishing teams. Not bad for a first year team!  Perhaps after a bit more team training with blind handoffs  our team can move up even further… watch for the Greater Chicago Running Team in the 2007 edition of the Great Midwest Relay!

View our race Photos!

Want to see more? Check out the official Great Midwest Relay website: www.greatmidwestrelay.com. There you'll find complete information of the race and its history, including detailed maps of the course. Also, they have Official 2006 Results!

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