a jpg. a jpg. a jpg. a jpg. Running @TheNorthFace #ECSCA marathon relay was particularly awesome this year. First photo by @matt_anzur.

This is my fifth #NP_PhotoContest entry, though the photos were taken over a month ago. November 18th was one of my favorite days of 2017.

I got my dad to run on a North Face Endurance Challenge relay team for the first time (at 70+, he was the oldest ECSCA relay team participant this year by 17 years!). After running the first leg and resting while Anna did leg 2, I was in good enough shape to run with my dad in relay leg 3 and keep up! Thanks to Matt Anzur for capturing the sheer joy as we returned from Baker Beach. My dad joins #NPSF workouts whenever he can when he is in town, having him participate in ECSCA was extra special.

I also talked my good friend Michele into running the final leg of the relay for our team. Michele has been a great long distance training partner, including on weekends on the Marin hills, or on Golden Gate Park trails. She participates in #NovemberProject events when she can.

Lastly, after just coming to #NPSF for a few weeks, I convinced newcomer Anna to join our relay team, despite her being unsure about the distance (it was the longest she had ever run). We practiced the route early Tuesday morning of race week, which she easily crushed. She was also worried she wasn’t fast enough, and she ran the fastest leg of our team! Anna is now a regular at #NPSF and always brings a great attitude and spirit.

To me our ECSCA team represented a lot of what NovemberProject is all about. Whether older or younger, a seasoned regular, an occasional participant, or a newbie, we run, support each other, and have a great time.

Happy New Year friends, let’s make 2018 even better.

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