It’s hard to believe that the Little Tybee Conquest Half Marathon has come and gone! And, here we are approaching mid-September and Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay in a week and a half! Also, the start of the Fall quarter at SCAD -which is a very big deal for me as it marks the busiest time of the year where I make my livelihood from. It’s also almost a month ago since I was in France climbing Mont Blanc! Where does the time go? Upon my return from climbing Mont Blanc I was confronted with the shocking reality of my very sick Australian Shepherd, Mr. Gypsy. Having my dog, Mr. Gypsy sick consumed my world and emptied out my bank account. I truly thought I was going to lose the little guy and my heart was broken. It’s amazing how a trip of a life time became so inconsequential upon seeing my beloved best buddy so ill. As soon as I returned home from France Mr. Gypsy is all I thought about. Mr. Gypsy, though, proved himself a fighter once again and convinced me that he is not done living yet. My furry little buddy still has things to do before putting his grey head down for good! Thank God!
So, just as I was catching my breath from these significant life events I am hurled back into the mix of chaotic business with Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay and the September 15th start of the Fall quarter at SCAD during the same week! Talk about timing!
I’ll admit that I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie but I didn’t realize what a glutton for punishment I am until this last month and a half! My life seems to fly by as quick as a meteor. No rest for the wicked, eh?
Moving right along…
CTS Ultra & Relay is coming up September 20th. Every race I have held so far has been special but this one is the most special and that’s because it’s for a cause that I so strongly believe in, – Liam’s Land. Liam’s Land funds research in what causes lymphatic malformations in hopes of one day preventing this from occurring on another living soul. Liam’s Land is a 501c3 that was started by Janet and Joe Steffen, two wonderful people who’s child, Liam, was born with LM. I know this family. All are wonderful people, from mom and pop Steffen to young master Liam and his big sister, Amelie.
CTS is nearly sold out. At the time of this writing there are 2 unsold spots available. So, if interested in running CTS while at the same time supporting an amazing and worthy cause then, grab one of these last two spots! You can register here if you’d like: —>
I really want this race to sell out!
1. I want this race to sell out for the obvious. Who doesn’t want to have a sold out event? It’s so cool having a sold out event! So, yeah! I want this race to sell out!
2. This is for Liam’s Land. I want to raise as much money and exposure as possible for Liam’s Land. I believe so whole-heartedly in this cause and the people that operate it. And, I want to live in a world where lymphatic malformations no longer exist. Liam’s Land will help that become a reality.
3. I don’t want any spare medals. Sounds kind of weird and selfish but it’s true. I want to go home Saturday, September 20th after the race empty handed, – sans medals. So, I hope we sell out.
4. This will be the last time Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay will be run. For that reason, I want it to sell out.
Last year, we had 133 runners for CTS. This year, we’re barely scratching 100. This race is on a downward cycle. It is losing to other ultras that are more popular and it is losing to a local 5k that is part of a race series that recently had it’s date change to the same date as CTS. Last year, we raised $3,500.00 for Liam’s Land. This year, even though, I’ve reduced race expenses greatly we’ll only generate a fraction of that former total. So, in the end, cancelling CTS is simply a business decision. This format is just not working.
Those are the breaks, unfortunately. Running is a competitive sport not just between runners but between races and race organizations. You win some, you lose some. So, after Sept 20th, Chase the Sun Ultra will go the way of the Dodo but, something else will grow from it’s decay. Liam’s Land will continue and, a race will rise from the ashes of CTS to carry on the torch for young master Liam and the cause with his name! What race will that be? I don’t know for certain. More than likely, though, it will not be an ultra. And, if I may add, it will not be a 5k nor 10k either. I have nothing against those two distances. There are just too many of those here in Savannah. The race that will replace the CTS Ultra will be a challenging race. I can assure you of that! I’m kind of thinking (at the moment), that I might like it to be a half-marathon through my beloved Thunderbolt. Maybe, a trail half-marathon?
Yes, I’m kind of stuck thinking a half marathon may be the right distance but not completely sold on that. I will discuss this in greater detail with Janet Steffen along with my fellow running colleagues, Bren Tompkins and Sara Maltby to see what they think.
Speaking of Bren Tompkins, he will be the race director for next year’s Little Tybee Conquest half marathon. Bren has a very impressive running record, a good head on his shoulders and, has worked with me on several of the races I’ve held and, has proven himself indispensable. With Bren at the helm of LTC Half, this race can only succeed! He knows his shiz!
There, you kind of have it! The latest and greatest from Run 4 a Reason.
The last Run 4 a Reason race for the year and the last Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay is going to be a blast! We’ll have lots of food for the runners, great swag and something for the kids and the entire family to enjoy! If you get a chance come out and support Liam’s Land on Saturday, September 20th between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm…even if you do not run. There will be lots of festivities for the kids and lots of miles to be run by the bigger kids!
Next year, we’ll start things off fast with the Savannah Rails to Trails 50k/25k. And, from there we’ll head strong into the 2nd GSEC 24/30. After that, just as summer is popping up we’ll have the Savannah Grit 175k stage race, the 3rd Little Tybee Half with Mr. Tompkins running the show. And, some where in 2015, we’ll have a race benefitting Liam’s Land!
One more thing to share with you guys…
I’m rolling an idea around about a multi-day point to point race in 2016 with the following distances: 400ish miles (5 days), 225 miles (2.5 days), 112 miles (1.5 days). All three distances will finish in downtown Savannah, behind city hall. I’ll keep you guys posted as the details get more fleshed out. It’s gonna be killer.
Thanks for stopping by.