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Pre-race Chaos
30-Aug-2014 08:31:22 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

I'm a bit late starting this blog, but I guess it's better late than never. It still doesn't seem real that we are about to start another one of these races, but in 4 hours I'll be taking a bus to the middle of nowhere in Madagascar. Just to recap the last few days... The packing for this trip was surprisingly easy (or so it seemed). After the race in Iceland, I pretty much dumped all my racing gear in a drawer and left it there for the year. I did really well with nutrition last year, so I grabbed all of the same foods (instant potatoes, couscous, recovery drink, nuts, easy Mac - all the staples of a healthy diet). Everything was surprisingly really easy (even the last second airport packing worked fine!) I flew out Tuesday night from Boston to Paris (red eye number one), then had a nice 8 hour layover in the Paris airport. I was switching airlines, so I had to grab my checked in bag in Paris. Well, when my bag finally showed up, it was wrapped up in plastic. Apparently there had been some sort of accident with my bag, and one side of it had been ripped to shreds. As I was going through the bag, I noticed a few big things missing (recovery powder, some clothes). I also found a few extra things in it, proving that my bag wasn't the only one that had had a bad day (an extra shoe and an umbrella). This put me into a panic because I didn't know what from my gear was actually missing. So in the middle of the Paris airport I emptied out all my luggage (including my carryon). After going through my own gear check, I noticed the only things missing were food, my recovery powder, tape, bug spray, suntan lotion, safety pins, and some of my non-race clothes. So yeah, I wasn't missing anything that would have been hard to replace. After a day in the airport, I had my next red eye from Paris to Madagascar. Now, apparently there is a battle going on between Air France and Madagascar. A few of my friends had been on the previous day's flight, and ended up diverted to Reunion. They were about 100 meters from landing on the runway in Madagascar, when the airport turned off all of the lights on the runway and forced them to abort the landing. Luckily, my flight was only delayed a few hours from the strike as it sounded like the diverted people went through a nightmare trying to get to the race. Madagascar has already been a crazy/ awesome experience so far. It felt weird having a full day off before the race (instead of rushing in last minute). It has been great catching up with a lot of my friends who frequently race in these events. I need to head off to gear check right now, but I will be blogging at the end of each day. The race starts tomorrow with a nice warmup 20 miles across the beach. Until then!

Dan McKinnon

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 05:08:39 PM

Almost done buddy! Keep up the great work! We're all following you. Go!

Ralph Crowley

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 06:42:22 PM

Another terrific run! One left to go. Hang in there, we are all on the edge of our seats watching the competition from cyber space. Love d

Ralph Crowley

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 06:42:10 PM

Another terrific run! One left to go. Hang in there, we are all on the edge of our seats watching the competition from cyber space. Love d

Carolyn Stimpson

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 03:36:24 PM

Way to go RDCIII! 3rd place

Annie & Joey Eckstrom-Gloski

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 02:57:20 PM

Run, Ralphizoid, RUN!! We ❤you!

Dad Crowley

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 01:44:29 AM

Great first day. Sure hope you found some food. The run can't be harder than the Falmouth bike path! Love D

Emily Woodland

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 01:13:36 AM

Way to rock the first day Ralph, you're killing it, even in spite of the bag traumas!! Sounds completely amazing... bit different from Iceland huh?!?! Keep it up, cheering you all the way! Hugs, Em xoxo

Cynthia Lao

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 10:40:51 PM

Nice job on day 1 !

Kathryn McNeal

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 04:50:41 PM

Can't believe you made it and are on your way. Hope you had a great first day! How is your food supply? How could you ever replace easy Mac? Looking forward to your next post and following your progress. Good luck out there! Run Ralphie run! Lots of love, Kathryn

Phip and Rosa Spreter

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 04:30:13 PM

Hey Ralph! Way to go! Congratulations on a great first stage. Rosa wants to know i there's locusts. (?!?!, i think she's losing it) You're making all of us proud, keep it up and RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

Dan McKinnon

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 02:53:33 PM


evy g

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 02:34:31 PM

DUDE!!!! 3rd thru the stage today. I hope you are taking it easy and keeping Sandes in sight. just cuz he is fueled on Red Bull, i know u are fueled on junk food. ha ha you said u wanted sports updates/scores but Im not into college football but I can tell you that Gab finished UTMB in 29 hours , top 100. Holy feck amazing! can't wait to read your recap of the stage. keep getting er done. tell all my peeps over there I say hi

Izzy McKinnon

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 02:22:57 PM

Good Luck Ralphie! We can't wait to hear how day 1 went. Enjoy the adventure!

Mom Crowley

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 01:02:05 PM

We are so excited for you! Be safe Ralphie and enjoy the run. XO Mom

Michael Maloney

Posted: 30-Aug-2014 02:15:06 PM

Rock it out, Ralph!!

Emma Fergusson

Posted: 30-Aug-2014 08:48:40 AM

Always and adventure Muppet! Can't wait to follow you all. Missing you lot! ENJOY!!! xxx

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