Unfortunately, the legs weren't that evenly spaced distance-wise or time-of-day-wise --- on final analysis, Sam's van (Van Halen, runners #1
) had it easier than the other van (Van Morrison, runners #7
). But it pretty much amounted to your calculations:
Van Halen on at 8:30 am (morning not that hot)
Van Morrison on at ~12:45 pm (midday/afternoon heat)
VH on at ~8:30 pm (slightly later start due to a couple of lost VM runners who ran 4 extra miles, started to cool and get dark)
VM on at ~1:45 am (middle of the night!)
VH on at ~6:30 am (early morning)
VM on at ~10:45 am (midday/afternoon heat again)
They made crash plans during each off-time --- a Travelodge in Novato and a teammate's home in San Mateo --- but, of course, you never slept as much as you wanted, since you had to eat too and you had all sorts of other distractions. Like, you would have thought people would have rested as much as possible by sleeping in the vans in transit when they themselves weren't running, but Sam's van didn't do that --- in fact, we made continuous stops during each leg to make sure runners (ours and others) made the correct turns, to ensure their safety and to cheer them on, making ridiculously accurate predictions as to who was going to pass what point when (okay, that was me, since I was official timekeeper ... which was fun!).
Their training wasn't all that rigorous; of course, some trained more than others. I only know of 1 occasion where Sam ran more than once in a single day. They weren't that competitive and had anticipated being super-tired on Monday, so that's what happened.
They did a great job; I was so impressed. The idea of this race is just so cool (fundraising cause was organ donation), the overall distance was so long and it ended up being so much fun (the people in our van were super nice). Do you know about Dean Karnazes, an ultra marathoner? He's done this race before ALL BY HIMSELF! Running ~300 miles for 24+ hours continuously! We ran into his team a couple of times --- he's getting old, so this year he was splitting the race with a whole 2 other people. Imagine that!
They aren't certain they'll do it next year, but I'll let you know, in case you want to participate! :)