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
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 to contact you at Admin@tomsrunrelay.org.
||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 -
to the 2015 Tom's Run Relay. This is our 17th year!
This year's Tom's Run will begin with our
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
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.
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
have questions about this year's event.
More to follow.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Government rate for a two-person room is about
$80.00. 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