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America's Longest Fun Run

May 28 - May 30, 2015

A 200-mile team-building fitness event
in memory of CWO4 Tom Brooks
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Welcome to the Tom’s Run Web site.  Please use the Application menu above to download the official Tom’s Run Relay Team Application.

Applications that include T-shirt or medal orders must be received by April 20, 2015.
All other applications must be received by May 4, 2015.

Don't Forget the Pre-race dinner in the Ramada Inn Cumberland at 6:30 PM on Thursday May 28, 2015!

Tom's Run 2014 Slide Show

Event News and Announcements

WELCOME to 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 news bits below.

In keeping with the times, check the #tomsrunrelay at twitter for news beginning May '15.

For questions or 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.
Event News  May 7, 2015 - Three weeks until Tom's Run.  Now is the time when we start looking at the weather.  The disclaimer form has been updated and is in the Tom's Run tool box.   Everyone needs to acknowledge it with their team leader to be covered by our insurance.  We currently have 16 teams and 263 participants including teams from Anchorage, the Coast Guard cutter Reliance, and St. Louis MO.  Stay in shape and hope for moderate weather.  Despite my post on April 13th, we might be willing to make a second shirt order.  It depends on the number of shirts wanted.  See you on the trails.

April 13, 2015 -
About a week away from the first team application deadline.  Please check the Island of Lost Runners at the top of the page if you are looking for help.  Runners from Nashville and St. Louis have expressed an interest in running remotely and can cover some legs.

Important! - This year, we will not be making a second shirt order except to fill incorrect orders.  Please plan wisely.

This is the time of year when I am anxious because I don't know if anyone is going to do Tom's Run this year.  Help!!!

See you on the trails - Roger

April 4, 2015 -
Less than 3 weeks until the first set of team applications is due.  The deadline for team applications that include shirts or medals is April 20th.  The deadline for team applications without shirts and medals is May 4th. 

Will do not plan to make a second shirt order this year except to replace an incorrect shirt.  Please work with your team members to sort out your application to indicate shirts, medals, pre-event dinner, and post-event lunch. 

The Ramada Inn Cumberland continues to be an important partner and blocked rooms for us again this year.  The cost is $77/night and can be reserved by mentioning Tom's Run.  If you have problems, please ask for Ms. Brianna Persons.

NEW!!!  This year, I want to submit a picture of our event to Runner's World.  I urge you to take lots of photos and I will give a $100 prize to the best picture chosen by a group of unbiased trail running experts.

As always, please contact me if you have questions or need more information.


March 5, 2015 -
We are trying new shirts this year to buy American and simplify sorting shirts into team bags.  This year's shirts are from Atayne in Maine.  The shirts are from recycled materials, they come in short sleeve and long sleeve in men's and women's cuts, and they are very comfortable and durable.  This year's color is Caribbean - a teal tone much like the background of this page.  I think everyone will like them.  I have a long sleeve version and it's great.  As a result, we are not offering cotton shirts this year and all the shirts will cost $20.  I updated the team applications.  I recommend checking the Atayne web site for the Rec T model.  This year's shirts are available on Wed May 27th at Coast Guard Headquarters.  Team Captains, please contact me in advance to arrange picking up your team bag on Wednesday.  Otherwise, team bags are available at the pre-event dinner.

Bibs - The consensus seems to be that people like the Tom's Run bibs we have used the past 2 years.  This year, I will try to have bibs made that show a team number and race number so that everyone on the team will have a bib with the same team number (somewhat randomly chosen).

February 4, 2015 -
Tom's Run team applications and the course map are updated for this year and you can start sorting out your team info.  Note, team applications that include shirts or medals must be received by April 20th and team applications without shirts or medal must be received by May 4th.  Yes - there are a few details to take care of on the web site, such as in the tool box and the logos that still show 16th annual Tom's Run.  I'm on it.  In the meantime, start your planning.  The course is the same as lst year and I know of no obstacles on the towpath.  Stay tuned here for news and updates.  Call, write, or visit if you have questions.  Cheers, Rog.

January 7, 2015 -

Welcome to the 2015 Tom's Run Relay.  This is our 17th year!

This year's Tom's Run will begin with our pre-event dinner on Thursday May 28th and end at 11:00 AM on Saturday May 30th, Pavilion B, Fort Hunt Park.  Pavilion B is smaller than our finish line pavilion that last few years and is further around the park loop.  It is still covered, has parking, and restrooms.  I will ensure everyone has directions to the finish.  We changed to Saturday this year to fulfill my promise to alternate start days.  That is, this year we will have Sunday to recover.

I am working on the web site and hope to upgrade it this year.  More information is coming.

Welcome again to everyone.  Please contact me at admin@tomsrunrelay.org if you have questions about this year's event.  More to follow.

Event History

Tom's Run is held annually to 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 the inspiration 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 and friends.

The Course

The race starts in Cumberland, 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 Canal 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 (2014 version).

The Point

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. 

That said, Tom's Run is NOT a 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 Ramada Inn, Cumberland, MD at 6:30 PM on Thursday May 28, 2015. 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 admin@tomsrunrelay.org.  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 the hotel.

If you need other information, e-mail Admin@tomsrunrelay.org

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