In March 2019, an all-female team finished third overall in the fifth annual Speed Project, the unsanctioned relay race from the Santa Monica Pier to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Team Tempo’s time was 37 hours, two minutes and one second. A second all-female team, Team XX, finished seventh, in 39:33, averaging around 3:50 per kilometre. Both teams shattered the all-female course record of 44:27:11. The Citius Mag site has posted “Fear and Loathing from Pier to Strip,” an entertaining documentary of Team XX’s journey to Vegas.
The race was first run in 2014, when six people decided to see how fast they could run from LA to Vegas (a distance of 340 miles or 550K), taking turns relay-style. The idea caught on, and now you have to know someone who knows someone to become one of the 50 teams entered. Team XX had six members (“three Olympics trials qualifiers, an architect, a marketing whiz and a world traveller)” who each ended up running about 58 miles (93K) in total over multiple legs.
There were two Canadian teams in this year’s race.