A Great Journey Ends

June 29, 2016

After being home a day from the 2016 Great Race I’ve had time to reflect on the event.  Those who have been a part of the Great Race can understand the unbelievable time that was shared with special friends who are a family. It is impossible to find words to adequately express all the fun and adventure that occurred from San Rafael to Moline. While driving on long lonely roads we saw God’s creation in beautiful spacious areas of nature. Along the way we passed folks waving and cheering. I always enjoy talking with those who come to the lunch stops and the daily finish. This year I met some remarkable people who inspired me and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to share my faith.

It also was a time to make special memories with my best friend/husband. There was lots of talking in our car along with laughter and some serious discussions but we always knew it was a team effort to handle the rally course. After seeing our scores, which totally thrilled and surprised us, I know I have the best driver on my team.

Coming across the finish line was both happy and sad.  Happy because we completed a special adventure but sad because it was time to say good bye to our rally family. I am now looking forward to the 2017 Great Race which I know will be another extraordinary event.

–Jean Ann Martin

7 comments about “A Great Journey Ends”

  • Congratulations, to all, sounds like a great memories were made, I live in EDMOND Ok and would love to participate in the 2017, race, and need both a mentor and info as to how to get started.

    • It is a wonderful adventure. Call the number listed on the Great Race web for information on how to enter. All Rookie teams will be given a mentor and information on how to rally.

    • I would be glad to talk with you about the Great Race. I coordinate the mentoring program for rookies each year and can give you the info you need to get started. Give me a call at 530-432-0505. Bill Croker, Penn Valley, CA

  • John Corey, please contact Ray Horstmeyer in Sparks , Nevada. You have the number. The Volvo is back together, just missing 1 part. Thanks a congratulations on completing another Great Race

  • I had so much fun with you Jean Ann!! I love your drive & aspire to be as humble as you are some day! Congragulations on the Spirit of the Event award!
    Love always
    -Olivia Gentry

  • Jean Ann,
    You and Gary are a special Rally family for us, you both set an example for the rest of us to aspire too. Your faith and enthusiasm for life make us all want to be better people, thank you for your warm friendship.
    Michael and Suzanne Gilson

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