2017 Market to Market Relay Nebraska | Spotlight Team: Loose Screws

From Loose Screws to Missed Cues, This Team Shows Up! The Loose Screws have been running into trouble since before the first Market to Market Relay in 2008, and have made sure to bring that trouble with them every year since.

The team name comes from their motto: If it’s broke, screw it!

Prior to the inaugural race, one of the founding members severely injured his ankle, which required surgery, the placement of a plate, and several screws to secure the broken bones. Despite the setback and additional setbacks as the screws came loose, he rehabilitated and whipped the rest of himself back into shape before the first annual Market to Market Relay.

Several of the members of the group have been running together for as many as 15 years. A casual running group from Lincoln, they run hard, but always have a good time.

That’s what Market to Market is all about. Enjoying a challenge, while bonding with your team and creating lasting memories.

Mark Patton has fond memories of each of the 10 Market to Market Relays he has run with the Loose Screws. This year’s screwy hijinks included nearly missing a leg.

“We were driving to the next point and we were just talking. The energy was so high, and we were enjoying the day so much, we didn’t realize nobody was navigating. By the time we noticed, we had missed some turns and gotten very off track. The only thing that could have ruined the day was if our runner had gotten there before us, but with some shortcuts and teamwork, we got there just in time!”

And that’s what keeps Mark returning year after year: the camaraderie, competition, and community.

“We run at 5 am. Ya know, people get busy, people work, people get married and move away. But every day at 5 am, we’re out running. People come and go, but they always know where we are. We aren’t fast, but we show up!”