Event News and
the Tom's Run Relay Web site. Tom's Run is an annual event held
on the weekend after Memorial Day.
As always, I welcome your comments
and suggestions. See
event news bits below.
In keeping with the times, check
the #tomsrunrelay at twitter for news beginning May '16.
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information about Tom's Run, please write:
|Check the toolbox for leg
planner, equipment list and other helpful
information. All team members must sign a Disclaimer.
The Island of Lost Runners is a list of runners looking for a team to
join. If you want to be on it, write me an e-mail with your name,
location, and the best way to contact you at Admin@tomsrunrelay.org.
||June 1, 2016 - I
have a partially updated course map for 2016. We got as far as
Brunswick with better directions and pictures. I will try
e-mailing to the team leaders. Or, contact me for a copy.
Unfortunately, it is about 10MB and I cannot upload it to a link here.
Only a few days to go. No disruptions on the towpath. Be safe. See you on the trails.
May 20, 2016 - Mixed
Nuts is planning a training run at White's Ferry 0900 on 22 May.
A window in the rain is forecast until early afternoon.
Only 2 couple weeks to go! Weather will be perfect.
May 10, 2016 - Okay,
so here is our lineup for this year's event. 24 teams, 352
runners, including one deployed National Guardsman Steve in
Qatar. Not bad at all! Thank you for joining us at this year's
Tom's Run. I am still looking for registration money from some
teams and this needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.
Recall, the finish this year is the same as last year - Pavilion B at
the far end of Fort Hunt Park, 1100 June 5th. Guy Towler is
running solo this year and leaves a day ahead of everyone else.
Think about that Sunday morning when you are looking for a
Starbucks. I'll pass more information as I get it. Plan
ahead. The weather will be perfect??!!! Don't hesitate to
contact me if you have questions or need information. If you have
any trouble getting a room at the Ramada Cumberland, ask for Brianna
Parsons. She is very good to us and is the hotel sales
manager. More later......
May 3, 2016 - 5
days to go until the second application deadline.....and we still have
teams signing up. As it stands, we have 22 teams and about 350
people. I'll get a final head count next week. This time of
year, I am always anxious that I'll have to run the bloody thing by
myself. Thank you all for ensuring I'll have company. I
have heard that there is some confusion about rooms at the
Ramada. Brianna Parsons is the sales rep at the Ramada and she
blocked off 30 rooms with the promise of more if we need them.
Brianna is very cool and has been good to us. Please ask for
Brianna at the Ramada number shown below if you have any problems
getting a room reservation. And please let me know if you
continue to have problems. More later.....
April 21, 2016 - Only
a few more days until team applications that include shirts and medals
are due - April 25. So far, we have four team including the USCGC
Mellon. They're running around the flight deck or some other
wild, crazy, fabulous thing. This time of year drives me nuts
because I wonder if anyone is going to be at the finish.
April 18, 2016 - Shirts,
medals, dinner, and lunch arrangements are complete. We only need
a head count. ONLY 1 WEEK UNTIL TEAM APPLICATIONS ARE DUE.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. We are working on
updating the course map. The previous version is still good;
we're trying to make it better with more pictures and directions.
March 22, 2016 - I
am making arrangements and finding that our costs are going up.
So, I have to raise prices this year to cover our costs. I think
we can keep the shirts at $20. But I must raise the registration
fee from $12 per runner to
$14. Sorry about that, but needed to keep afloat.
Eh....this is the first adjustment in about 7 years and it goes toward
the course permit, lunch at the end, and medals. Will
adjust the applications accordingly.
February 17, 2016 - Welcome
to the 18th annual Tom's Run. The course map and the three types
of applications have been updated for this year's event. I hope
to also make the web site nicer, upgrade the Course Map to make it more
useful, and, if possible, include an online registration and payment
option. This year's shirt color is bright orange. You can
see the color by using URL www.atayne.com, searching on "Men's
Short Sleeve Raglan REC T Crew Neck," and looking for the color
"Fire." As usual, we will be offering men's and women's short and
long sleeve shirts at the same $20 cost as last year (and hoping the
money works out).
November 27, 2015 - Welcome
to the 18th annual Tom's Run. The 2016 event will be held from
Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June. The applications and course map
have NOT been updated yet for 2016. I plan to do that by the
start of 2016. I hope to completely rewrite the course map to
make it more useful, helpful, and easier to follow. Evan Weber,
Karin Goodwin, and Noah Egge volunteered to help and I am very grateful.
This is the place to look for Tom's Run news. Plus, if you wish, I can add you to my team captain distribution list.
June is not that far away and we are looking forward to another great
year. Remember, Tom's Run is not about running away from each
other, but with each other. It is a unique event for everyone.
Please contact me
have questions about the 2016 event.
More to follow. Let me know if you have suggestions for a great
Tom's Run is held annually
promote fitness, team building, and community. The event is named
in honor of CWO4 Tom Brooks, USCG, who contracted Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in early 1999.
Tom was an avid fitness promoter. He had a reputation for
persuading couch potatoes to get up and get moving. When Tom was
diagnosed with ALS, his friends decided to show their appreciation for
Tom had given them by organizing this event in his honor. So, Tom's Run
is about people. Tom's Run is about who we are as runners and teammates
The race starts in
Maryland sometime after midnight on the first day (Saturday). Runners,
accompanied at all times by a bike escort, take turns in a relay run
entirely along the historic C&O
towpath to Georgetown in Washington, DC. From there, the course
continues down the Potomac River waterfront in Washinton, DC, past the
Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, crosses the Potomac River and connects
with the Mount
Vernon Trail to Alexandria, Virginia. The finish is at Fort Hunt Park
near Mt. Vernon. The run proceeds through Saturday and ends when the
teams cross the finish line together as close to 11:00 AM on Sunday as
possible. Finishing at 11:00 AM presents the logistical challenge of
determining the most advantageous time to start after midnight on
Saturday and getting all the team members together for the finish.
Runners are on the course during the entire run, including at
night. Other logistical challenges are keeping everyone fed and
rested, determining the best places along the course to exchange
runners and bikers, and finding those places along the many difficult
rural roads accessing the canal. For a copy of the course
description with directions to the exchange points, click HERE
The unofficial Tom's Run
record is 23:30:00. The
official finish time is 11:00 am. So, teams that before 11 AM
have time added to their race time up to 11 AM. Finishing early
is not a benefit. The challenge, therefore, for a team wanting to
finish as fast as possible, is being able to judge the start time and
maintain the team's pace to finish precisely at 11 AM.
Tom's Run is
race!!! It is a team-building, memorial fitness
event. The POINT is not to reach the finish line first, but to reach it
together. Oh! .... and to have a lot of fun along the way. That said, a
little trash-talking and competition among teams is probably a healthy
thing that makes the event fun.
The run kicks off with a group dinner at the at
6:30 PM on Friday, June 3, 2016. T-shirts will be avalable to teams at
the dinner. The event finish includes lunch and medals.
The best place for reservations is probably the Ramada
Inn, Cumberland, MD,
301-724-8800. A block of rooms is set aside each year at a
discount for Tom's Run teams. You can make reservations with the
desk. Ask to talk to Brianna Persons and mention Tom's Run if
there are any problems or write to
me at email@example.com.
The Federal Government rate for a two-person room is about
$77.00. They have been very good to us. To make a reservation at the
government rate or for other rooms at the regular rate, please contact