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 '16.
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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.
||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
have questions about next year's event.
More to follow. Let me know if you havs suggestions for a great
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
$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