It was pretty amazing to be part of such a huge effort! The United Relay of America is a stage relay race that started in California and is moving across the country, ending in New York.
It was super exciting to be able to join in with so many other people, in order to reach a common goal. The money raised is going to charity and runners are able to select which charity they would like to support. I ran for the Trevor Project, which provides services and support for LBGT youth, in order to help reduce suicide rates.
We ran a local stage, which started near the Phoenix Zoo, and ended in Chandler. We were able to create our own route, which was definitely beneficial as we were familiar with the area.
While we did not see the race supporters, we were provided the exact GPS coordinates of where to meet the stage before as well as the stage after. This allowed for us to meet, pick up the baton, and get moving, to then pass it off. We ended up running 9.5 miles.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable run! I highly recommend getting a few friends together, and running a stage near you. Stages are still available as the batons are still moving towards the midwest.