Danwei Guo via Crowdrise
February 17, 2012
We are a twelve runners team founded in 2008 and have been participating The Relay event every year since then. Most of our runners are employees of Life Technologies (www.lifetech.com).
The Relay (www.therelay.com) is a 199 miles course from Calistoga to Santa Cruz County. It's divided into 36 legs. Each relay teams has 12 runners. Each runner runs 3 legs (varies from 13.4 to 20.1 miles total) over a full moon weekend in April or May. Slow teams start as early as 7:00 AM on Saturday. Fast teams start as late as 3:00 PM. This way, all teams can finish about the same time on Sunday.
The transfer of the baton from runner to runner symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. The event promotes organ donation and supports 98,000 Americans waiting for organ donors. The Relay is a unique adventure uniting runners, communities and volunteers in a celebration of life, running and teamwork.
Our captain Johan Goudberg has been running The Relay since 1996, when the very first Relay Team Yaks of LIFE was started. The team got the name because a yak gets milked three times a day, which is an analogy to our runners who run three legs each during the twenty-fours or more relay.
Inspired by all the old "Yaks" that have continued running The Relay since, we started Team YakTrek in 2008 so that more runners can get involved in supporting Organs ‘R’ Us, a non-profit organization that promotes the need for organ donors.
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