The Cavanal Killer

The Cavanal Killer

Back at the end of  February, my coworker Autumnn suggested we all sign up for the Cavanal Killer. It was scheduled for the end of our running clinic and seemed like a fun challenge- an 8k (5 mile) trek to the top of the “world’s tallest hill.” It’s like feet from being classified as a mountain (or so they say).

So we signed up. And then coronavirus happened, and our running clinic got cancelled.  But, the race didn’t!

They had the race with limited interaction (no bibs/timing), and people went in waves. So we did it!

It was BEYOND amazing to see these coworkers (and yes, we threw a bit of caution to the wind with some side hugs. We’ve all been isolating at home, so we used our judgement and found it acceptable).

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At the startling line, we had already walked like a quarter mile from the parking area. ha!  I should have taken a pic, but you could see the top of mountain. And it looked SO far away. But off we went!

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Tyler was a champ supporter.  Because of covid, you had to have your own ride back down the mountain (usually they bus people down), so he and Remi went up before the race started and played on top. I got a “go mom!” video and some pics during the race.

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The race was HARD.  Thank goodness it wasn’t that hot because I might not have made it.  5 miles of incline. Some of the steepest inclines I’ve ever walked. Our legs were burning. We tried to just keep moving. Sometimes we turned and walked some backwards to give different muscles a break.

At mile 3.5, I had a mental dead spot and I was like “How am I going to do this?” But then at mile 4, we saw this and I got re-energized.

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We saw this beautiful view, and it was crazy to think that we started down on that main road you see. We had crossed underneath the overpass.

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When we got to the top, we saw all of the towers that we had seen at the bottom and along the way. We were so excited to be at the top, almost to the finish!

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My sweet people were at the finish line (mom and Nancy had been about 15 minutes ahead of us). IMG_9933

We had walked most of the way, but we totally ran through that finish!

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And after, let the photos begin! We earned a photo shoot of this view!

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More than coworkers, friends. I miss seeing them every day. It’s amazing how these people become family.

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I’m so proud of our moms. They did this, walking faster than me and my friends! (and our tiny cheerleader who loved shaking her pom poms!)

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They gave the medals out at the beginning in our packets to avoid more contact, but I waited until the top to put it on!

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With the height marker!

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We conquered the Cavanal Killer!

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