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America's Longest Fun Run
May 31 - June 2, 2019
A 200-mile team-building fitness event
in memory of CWO4 Tom Brooks
U.S. Coast Guard
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 15, 2019. All other applications must be received
by April 29, 2019.
Don't Forget the Pre-race dinner in the Ramada Inn Cumberland at
6:30 PM on Friday May 31, 2019.
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Event News and
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 event news bits below.
|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||January 13- Welcome
to Tom's Run 2019, our 21st year! We are hoping to make this year
the best ever. We are updating the application and course map and
they should be available in a day or so by downloading from the
tabs at the page top.
This year's Tom's Run Relay starts on Friday May 31st and ends at Pavillion B, Fort Hunt Park, on Sunday June 2nd.
Please don't hesitate to contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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 2019 event.
More to follow. Let me know if you have suggestions for a great
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 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 Parknear 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 Friday 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 (2016 version).
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 6:30 PM on Friday May 31st, 2019 in the Ramada Cumberland. T-shirts will be avalable for team pickup at the dinner. We will also have Tom's Run decals available for $2 each. The event finish at Fort Hunt includes lunch and medals.
The best place for reservations is probably the Fairfield
Inn and Suites, Cumberland, MD,
301-722-0340 A block of rooms is set aside each year at a
discount for Tom's Run teams. You can make reservations with the
desk and mention Tom's Run. Ask to talk to Katie Wilhelm if
there are any problems or write to
me at email@example.com.
The Federal Government rate for a two-person room is about
If you need other information, e-mail Admin@tomsrunrelay.org