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Nuun Platuun: Operation Hydration

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The information on this very select group of highly-trained individuals has been held classified ... until now. Running in the Hood to Coast Relay will be two hand-picked Nuun teams of female bloggers. One many people already know about... they are After-NUUN Delight.
Introducing their badass flipside...


free your mind and your feet will follow...

Major Miles... aka Tricia... firmly believes "Endurance Isn't Only Physical". She applies that doctrine by doing the majority of her training mentally. Sure, she plans on putting in some "major miles" as part of training,but just as importantly she is preparing for Hood to Coast by dreaming about running down that mountain, talking about the upcoming relay to anyone that will listen, and focusing her energy on tracking down the perfect camo print in wicking material. Her motto is:"Draft beer, not people"


 Captain Cupcake ... Average A who keeps the Diary of an Average Runner, has this to say: My life has become amazing once I started believing in myself and putting my mind and spirit into my dreams. This runs the gamut in every aspect of life: from overcoming addictions; moving across the country on my own; and becoming better, stronger, and faster in my own body every single day.I am really excited to not only have the chance to run this historic race, but I am excited to team up with so many wonderful,talented, and inspiring female bloggers -- some of whom I've admired for years!

Our third runner is the quiet brains behind 'Operation Hydration' Corporal Kim ... our Nuun Staffer


Captain Obvious of Seattle has a superpower-esque way of making completely useless observations to her running buddies: “Look, there’s a slug. Don’t want to step on that.” She has been distance running, racing and blogging about it for two years, and recently completed her first full marathon. Captain Obvious, who blogs at Mom vs. Marathon, would like to point out that she is a mother, as well.


Running the "Bataan" leg... Captain Underpants ... aka the faster bunny whose notable accomplishments include but are not limited to having run three marathons, BQ-ed and NYC qualified. She is incredibly good at never getting injured! She's got a couple tech-y sounding degrees that she is proud of (Engineering and MBA). She is learning to bike so that one day she can do a triathlon.
A lover of all things crazy and that push you to the limit, she is excited to be a member of this squad because Hood to Coast is just that.


General Confusion. Lisa is a married mother of two wonderful children who blogs at Discovering the Meaning of Stonehenge. She took up running 3 1/2 years ago, at age forty.Since 2008, she has run five marathons, 16+ half marathons, six mud runs and oodles of other races. She is a RRCA certified running coach as well as trained in pre- and post-natal fitness, teaching Stroller Strides and Body Back bootcamp classes. Running is her escape, her fun and her “me” time.

Hood to Coast has been a dream of Lisa’s for many years. Her father ran it a few times in the 80’s and even before Lisa was a runner, she thought that HTC would be very cool. She is thrilled and honored to have been chosen by NUUN to run on their team and through her old stomping grounds.

Private Chafe ... aka Jess Allen aka "THE" Blonde Ponytail ;) Jess ran her first race ever, the Portland Marathon, last October 2010 and began her blog, Blonde Ponytail shortly thereafter. Jess is a recognized ninja. When she isn't silently assassinating wrong-doers, she advises students at Washington State University where her husband coaches baseball. Jess is a NSCA-CSCS and former Stanford University softball player. She is mom to one fur-child, Cooper, a 3.5 yr old golden retriever.


Cap'n Crunch introduces herself: Hi everyone! I’m Caitlin and unlike most of the lovely ladies on my team, I am not (currently J ) a blogger! I am a part of the Nuun Event Marketing team and I volunteered myself for a spot on the team! I graduated from Washington State University in 2010 where I played soccer for the Cougs, in addition to earning my degree in Comm. I grew up in a running family and have run two half marathons in the past year. My Hood to Coast legs will be the most I’ve ever run in 24 hours and I’m quite looking forward to the challenge.

Code name: Nightingale. This super secret agent is rumored to blog at Nurse on the Run. Her identity is closely guarded and all info is classified. When sighted, she is usually in the vicinity of someone needing medical assistance... or running really fast!


Major Pain ... aka H Love... whose motto and blog are Keep On Keeping On. She tells us: I am a small town girl who loves to compete (with myself) and try new things. I have always loved sports,but running was never one of them. I played basketball at the community college level and then finished my schooling at Washington State University. In 2009 another mom asked me to be on a 100K relay team to run the last leg... .4.3 miles!It was a huge challenge. Those 4.3 miles , led to 13.1 and recently 26.2!

I am a mom of three amazing kids who inspire me daily! I am blessed with a hard working hubby that makes me laugh and supports me in all I do.I love to bust a move and enjoy hanging with my fam and friends.I try to enjoy the moments I am given and always looks for ways to inspire and connect with others! Go NUUN Platuun! Hoo- Rah!!



Sergeant Style ... aka Tonia. As a former Division I Track and Field athlete, I have always had an athletic side, but it wasn't until my second child was born that running became my passion. I began running in 2007 after I vowed to run a 10K by the end of the year. I finished that 10K and have never looked back. Right now, I am training for the NYC Marathon with Team Grassroot Soccer.

Author of the blog, Racing With Babes. Notable accomplishments: 3 kids. 4 marathons. An Ivy League degree. An appearance in the August 2011 Runner's World magazine.Hood to Coast is "the Mother of All Relays" and running it with Team Nuun is a once in a lifetime experience.I am looking forward to being challenged and forming new friendships and bonds.

Commando ... aka XLMIC, blogger at Taking It On ... lurks in the shadows until the perfect moment to jump out and bust someone's cojones. She is relentless in everything she does. If she cannot out-and-out beat you running on the road, she will annoy you into the ground or make you laugh until you are immobilized... or you wet your pants. She appears unphased by almost any situation. She began running as a way of cross-training for her favorite sport, rowing. She rowed for Cornell University, at Vesper Boat Club, and was on the 1991 US PanAm team. After running two sub-4 hour marathons, she had four kids and took an injury-forced, 8-year hiatus from athletics. (She also has 6 grown stepkids). She resumed running less than a year ago and prefers to run at night... stealth-style.Don't look for her because you won't find her that way. Just listen... she has a hard time keeping quiet for very long.

These formidable and fun athletes will present a force to be reckoned with at the 2011 Hood to Coast!

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