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America's Longest Fun Run

May 30 - June 1, 2014

A 200-mile team-building fitness event
in memory of CWO4 Tom Brooks
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2013 Team Results

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, 2014.
All other applications must be received by May 5, 2014.

Don't Forget the Pre-race dinner in the Ramada Inn Cumberland at 6:30 PM on Friday May 30, 2014!

Tom's Run 2013 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 '14.

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.
Event News  July19, 2014 - We completed another successful Tom's Run year!  Nobody got hurt, the weather was fantastic, and four teams joined us remotely from Alaska, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Guantanamo Bay.  I call that a pretty good year.  Thank you for making Tom's Run America's Longest Fun run again in 2014.  I received the 2nd shirt order and will be mailing shirts this weekend. 

I am also desparate for 2014 pictures to make our slide show.  Please let me know if you have any to contribute.  I hope to have the slide show up and running shortly.  I will also post the team results as soon as I have feedback from everyone.

We had a great year and I am committed to making 2015 even better.  Please do not be shy about making suggestions for a funner, more rewarding, and safer Tom's Run.

See you on the trails - Roger

May 7, 2014
We have our Tom's Run lineup set.  22 Teams and 337 people.  This is a historic year because we have remote teams from Sitka, AK; Oklahoma City, OK; San Francisco, CA; and Kittery, ME.  A couple of teams fell out, but we will hope for them next year.  The Cumberland Ramada is holding a block of rooms at a discount for Tom's Run.  Just call the hotel at the number shown below and mention you want rooms for Tom's Run.  Please let me know if there are any difficulties.  I will be contacting the team leaders with additional information as we getl closer to the start and our pre-event dinner.  Don't hesitate to write if you have questions or need any information.  Cheers, Roger.

April 9, 2014
More great news! the DC Coast Guard Officers Association has joined us as a sponsor!  Now, what's up?  Less than 2 weeks for the registration deadline and not a single application received.  No worries.  I will do Tom's Run by myself, if needed.  (Ok, I might have to start a little early.)  CGC Reliance plans to join us again this year from Maine as a remote team.

March 15, 2014
More great news!  It has been our vision to expand Tom's Run to other Coast Guard units around the country and this year we have 5 remote teams interested in joining us for Tom's Run - 2 teams in Alaska, 1 in Hawaii, 1 in Oklahoma City (yes, the Coast Guard is in OK City) and 1 team at Woods Hole, MA.  It is very exciting and we are drawing up instructions for how they can plan their event.  See the link above under "About Tom's Run" for Tom's Run Rules for Remote Teams if you plan to participate as a remote team or runner.

January 26, 2014
Great news!  The Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association and the Coast Guard Enlisted Association have agreed to partner with us as sponsors.  We are honored to have the DC Chapter of the CWOA, the CPOA, and the CGEA together as our sponsors. 

January 11, 2014 - Welcome to the 2014 Tom's Run Relay.  This is our 16th year! Can you believe it?  We hope to have a great year.  I am in the process of updating our course map and application(s).  I wll post a message here when they are available. Despite my finger bing poised over the reservations button precisely when the site opened at 1000 on January 8 to reserve our finish line pavillion on Saturday May 31, someone, somehow beat me to it and we are once again finishing on Sunday.  I promised to try to alternate the finish days and will try to reserve Saturday again next year.

I hope to grow Tom's Run a little bit this year and have 35 teams.  Tom's Run is also a great venue for solo and other ultra runners.  Tom's Run has been completed by a solo runner 4 times.

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 Friday May 30, 2014. T-shirts will be presented to the participants 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 Dustin if there are any problems.  The Federal Government rate for a two-person room is about $70.00. 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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