"Turn here!", Tom shouts suddenly. I can't even see what he's seeing. It's a foot path! Bisecting the long street by half, exactly! "I saw it quickly on the map when I was Googling the checkpoints," he tells me. Holy shit. This is the smirk Duy gave when he told me he was excited about the route. It starts to look like the foot chase scene in Point Break where we’re running through people’s backyards and stepping on squeaky toys left behind from the afternoon playdate.
The pinnacle of RUN HAI was not toe-ing the line Sunday morning, or opening up at 23 miles or even crossing that finish line at the Shanghai Stadium. It was somewhere between getting offered the last soup dumpling by a new friend and belting out a Bohemian Rhapsody duet at 3 in the morning two days before the marathon.
So at the beginning of our marathon training, we decided it would be a good idea to convince about fifty people to run around Koreatown to look a pair of missing shoes that weren’t really missing. Here’s my dissertation on the KRC SEARCH PARTY.
The Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon happens the Sunday right before Halloween. The Bravo Zone was in full effect with their first mission back since Chicago, helping nearly 5,000 runners in Los Angeles cross the finish line and reach their PRs.
A few weeks before the group headed out to Chicago for the marathon, I got a text asking if KRC wanted to run a relay with Nike Chicago the Friday before the race. The prize? $1000. I texted back and asked if we would be running against a bunch of skinny, fast dudes in 3-inch shorts. I got a reply of, “Probably.” Fearing that answer, I accepted on my team’s behalf. The next step was to find a team.