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America's Longest Fun Run

June 3 - June 5, 2016

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 25, 2016.
All other applications must be received by May 9, 2016.

Don't Forget the Pre-race dinner in the Ramada Inn Cumberland at 6:30 PM on Friday June 3, 2016!

Tom's Run 2015 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 '16.

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  October 4, 2015 - Time to close out the 2015 Tom's Run and start planning for the 18th annual Tom's Run from June 3rd to 5th, 2016. 

Remember, we held our first photo contest this year and the winner is Mr. Scott Haller who pocketed a $100 prize.  HERE is the winning picture.  We had tons of great photos.  Picking a winner was difficult.  Here are the 1st and 2nd runners-up pictures.  Thank you to all the photographers who gave us pictures for our 2015 slide show.

Following tradition, after the 2015 Thursday start, we will start the 2016 Tom's Run on Friday and finish at 11:00 AM on Sunday morning.  We will likely close down the pavillion at the finish line at around 1:00 PM because that is about as long as I can stay awake after 2 days without sleep.

We are working on updating the course map in many years to make it more user friendly and smart phone accessible.  I also have help with the web site and we are hoping to make online registration and payment possible.  Continuous improvement!

Please contact me at admin@tomsrunrelay.org if you have questions about next year's event. More to follow.  Let me know if you havs suggestions for a great race.

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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