Monday, February 9, 2009

Davis Challenge 2009-Marine Corps

I was hoping someone else would post something about Davis Challenge 09, the Marine Corps Challenge, but since no one else has, I'd like to share my photos from what was a truly memorable weekend, before tonight's buzz wears off.

I almost didn't go. Severe jet lag and generalized depression following my trip to Argentina with Senor Frog (see not to mention having major catchup to do for work. But, the memories of DC 08 (Blackwatch cooking French onion soup drunk? Writing Team Newcastle in the sand at the end of Manzanita Beach?) and the offer of a free ride with return by Sun noon, even the lamest lamo couldn't say no.

Am I glad I went. I truly believe the Davis Challenge is now the Crown Jewel of BRS. I got a ride with Guth and Meg, listening to the NMN soundtracks. I loved COW, it was magical, but all the albums sounded great on Guth's car stereo relative to my Mac laptop.

Then, the new digs. KUDOS to View, holy mackerel, I felt like I was in an Aspen ski lodge, no joke. Cracklin fire in the fireplace, dozens of DC T-shirts out to dry, "homo rainbow" playing on the stereo, a keg cooling on the patio, Sammy patrolling the hallways, Jay passed out on various sofas. This is HOME. But with twice as many rooms and a bigger kitchen.

I still can't figure out how to post photos in order on this blog, so I wil just attach them all....

First the Situps and Pullups. Must say it was not as painful as last year because no pushups. Team Joe Camel was about to blast the competition again, when Jay had a gas emergency and bails mid-crunch. This may have contributed to the removal of the belt that led to the running of 3 miles while holding up loose cargo pants with one hand. See Crash's account of the lineup for the 3miler (I am missing Chris's excellent addition, regarding the comment of the spectator in the rear).

Bet you all didn’t know that I could read minds? Check out this photo along with my predictions. (zoom in for best results):

Weiss “Golly gee, sure hope I beat my old man”
Guthrie “Better stretch out the legs for maximum efficiency”
Meg “Goddamn Guthrie. What the hell you sign me up for”
Kenzie “Goddamn Jay. What the hell did I ingest last night”
Susie “Marines are wusses. 3 miles, Ha! If this was the Ro Challenge, I’d add 23.2 miles to this run”
Jay “Where am I? If I’m dreaming, why is it so cold”
Brian “This is going to be fun”
Chris “Goddamn physical challenges. Can’t wait for the cooking, darts, cigs, and beer”

Crash advises everyone to do an extra 3 miles on the beach, but luckily no one listens except Crash and Gerald, who wasn't carrying any weight anyway (says Crash, "I LIKE road marches"), just taking pics of dead Jellyfish.

Then the REAL challenge began. MREs and beer only. Hooah bars are the bomb. Rock painting, darts, trivia, cookoff. I'm noticing a pattern, first to get the food to starving drunk road marchers wins. Chris has an eerie talent for movie trivia and Guth is the happiest drunk I have ever met. We miss Danny. I wish I could bottle Drunk Guth and sell it.

Guth, BTW I like the yellow in the jersey. Give up your fear of East Germany, it beats the sunburned zebra look.


  1. 2009 DC was goddamn fun!!! No doubt better than the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.

  2. OMG, Jay, what happened to your entry and how in the hell did you get those photos to roll? cool.

  3. Update! I've created a new BikeRunSwig Flickr Photostream for us. I'll email you all the credentials shortly so you can upload any BRS photos for any event anytime. Jay, I just downloaded all the photos you posted earlier and included them in the slideshow on Gerald's post above. Meg's (skirtsteak?) photos are in there as well and mine will be in the morning (they only live on my work pc right now).

    The DC was SO MUCH FUN. Despite my not recalling some of content of the photos, Meg was explaining to me that _I was proud?_ of my shorts, short socks and leather shoe combo? Buh?

  4. Hey, why are some of the photos backwards?