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Sisters compete in grueling relay race

November 1, 2012
By Chronicle/News Herald Staff , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Aug. 24-25, Tally Hempy and Kara Hempy-Mayer participated in the Office Max Hood to Coast Relay Race in Oregon.

This is the largest relay in the world, starting at the Timberline Lodge, which is located at the 6,000-foot mark of Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest mountain at 11,234 feet and 90 miles southeast of Portland, Ore. The relay ends 199 miles away on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The race consists of 36 legs, with each team member completing three legs, each varying from 3.52 miles to 8.09 miles. The race continues throughout the night with team members trading off after each leg. Two vans are used to carry the 11-team members, who are not running, to their next exchange point.

The Hood to Coast race began in 1982 with eight teams. This year, more than 12,000 runners and more than 1,000 teams, composed of 12 runners each, competed in the event. The Hempy sisters were on a team called Iowa Big Dogs and they did extremely well, finishing in 182nd place out of 1,068 teams. Their time was 27 hours, 18 minutes and 8 seconds. Both Kara and Tally enjoyed the race and the camaraderie between the runners.

Tally ran in the Chicago Marathon in 2009, in the Boston Marathon in 2011 and will be running in the New York City Marathon this November. Kara, who just started running competitvely this year, has also run in the 5K Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland, where she came in 77th out of 962 runners, 24th out of 686 women and 2nd out of 120 in her age division. Both women also recently competed in a half marathon in Belle Plaine, Minn.

Tally and Kara are the daughers of Craig and Donna Hempy of Montour. Tally graduated from South Tama County in 1989 and is a family physician at the North Liberty Family Health Center. She lives in Solon and is married to David Van Roekel. They have three boys: Luke, Jake and Nate. Kara is a 1993 graduate of STC and is an environmental Protection Specialist, who works as a contractor with the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland. She is married to Michael Mayer and they have two children, Ella and Atticus.



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