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America's Longest Fun Run

May 31 - June 2, 2019

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 15, 2019.  All other applications must be received by April 29, 2019.

Don't Forget the Pre-race dinner in the Ramada Inn Cumberland at 6:30 PM on Friday May 31, 2019.

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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 event news bits below.

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  July 29 - The last shirts and medals have been delivered.  And all that is left is the accounting.  Thanks for another great Tom's Run Year.  Registrations for next year's even will start after the beginning of the New Year.  Call, write, or visit if you have questions.  See you on the trails. - R

June 29 -
Congratulations on a spectacular Tom's Run!!.  The weather was great, everyone reached the finish in time for lunch, and nobody got eaten by a bear.  Yes, there was that glitch for the highway 28 detour.  Oy Vey, what a detour.  But everyone navigated it and got to White's Ferry.

We are in the last phases of closing out this year's event.  Shirts have been ordered and should arrive some time in the first week of July.  I will post them as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I want to share with you a message I received from Kira Dabrowski who arranged the event on the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk while at sea:

"In short, we had 72/95 crewmembers participate (largest number of volunteers I've seen to do anything. In comparison, we only had about 25 do the Murph and 15 do the "Bruck" workout in honor of DC3 Bruckenthal). We were in the middle of a case when the 'group' picture was taken, which is why more crewmembers couldn't come out to celebrate the finale of Tom's Run.

We made the event continuous over 40 hours ending with you guys at 1100 on Sunday, June 2nd. At first we split up into teams, and charged each team to try and reach 200 miles as a group by biking, rowing, and running at any time over those 40 hours. CO took it further and at the last minute challenged the entire ship to have someone on at least one of the pieces of equipment at all times, 24/7 during the entire event. We figured it around watch schedules & operations and it is great to say we were able to accomplish just that! Additionally, all 4 teams were able to complete the 200 miles, and we totaled 1,206.27 miles traveled overall. One of our all-star non-rates (who ran the event onboard) calculated it to be the equivalent of starting in Washington DC, and driving to Lincoln Nebraska, just short of halfway across the United States.

Additionally, a lot of shipmates that typically don't work out underway came out and participated in the event, which I know is one of the main goals of Tom's Run and also aligns with the goals of our Health & Wellness club onboard, which was awesome to see.

I'm pretty sure we will be underway next year again during this event and could get the necessary interest to do more of a true "Tom's Run" with the continuous biker/runner. Again, the entire crew loved it and we are really honored to have been a part of the overall event even all the way in the middle of the EPAC :)"

All I can say is "Well Done, Mohawk!!"

I welcome your comments and sugestions on improvements for next year.  More later.

May 30 -
Race day tomorrow.  Team Leaders - please keep everyone safe.  Weather looks good, but could still be unpredictable.  Dinner at 6:30 PM Fairfield Inn and Suites.  Have a plan for keeping track of your runners if you get separated.  Expect some short detours around towpath construction.  Skipping the Bond's Landing transition site and continuing to the next is a good idea.  Starbucks on River Road in Potomac MD opens at 5:30 AM.  Finish is Pavilion C around the park oval.  Arrive no later than 12:00 to make sure you get lunch and medals.  Cheer for each other.  Lend a hand.  The towpath between Brunswick and Point of Rocks is closed, so you must pick up in Brunswick and continue at Point of Rocks.  Good luck. See you on the trails.  Take pictures.

April 30 -
We have three last minute entries.  That brings our total ups to 17 teams and almost 300 people.  It won't be as lonely on the towpath as I thought.  Here is a picture of our shirts.  Still a month to go. 

April 22-
Our t-shirts and medals are ordered and I hope to have everything sorted and posted by Memorial Day.  The last team registrations are due by April 29th.  One section of the Washington DC course remains washed out near Brunswick MD.  I will track repair progress  with the National Park Service and post news here and by e-mail to the team leaders. 

April 14-
Note that team applications are due on Monday to give us time to order our shirts and medals from the vendors and have them before race day.  Please contact me at Admin@tomsrunrelay.org if you have questions or need any help.

March 17-
IMPORTANT:  I updated the team applications to show some changes for this year.  First, we are not offering long sleeve shirts this year to accommodate our color choice and style.  I think you will be happy with our tech tees.  Second, I raised the entry fee from $14 to $15 per person.  For 10 years, John McManus from The Barking Dog has, essentially, taken a loss on catering our lunch.  I want to make sure he knows how much we appreciate how well he has taken care of us after our long event.  Cost of shirts is $20, same as last year.  See you on the trails.

March 4 -
Here is a link for making reservations at the Fairfield Inn and Suites:
Book your group rate for Toms Run Race-2019

February 20 -
Preparations for this year's even are proceeding.  I have already been contacted by the Coast Guard Sector in Sitka AK who plans to have a remote team.  I also added names to the Island of Lost Runners list.  I am leaning towards a light blue shirt this year.  Final decision depends on cost and availability.  Our Coast Guard announcement should be posted soon.

January 13-
Welcome to Tom's Run 2019, our 21st year!  We are hoping to make this year the best ever.  We are updating the application and course map and they should be available  in a day or so by downloading from the tabs at the page top.

This year's Tom's Run Relay starts on Friday May 31st and ends at Pavillion  C, Fort Hunt Park, on  Sunday June 2nd - the same location as last year.

Please don't hesitate to contact Roger at admin@tomsrunrelay.org if you have questions. 

June is not that far away and we are looking forward to another great year.  Remember, Tom's Run is not about running away from each other, but with each other.  It is a unique event for everyone.

Please contact me at admin@tomsrunrelay.org if you have questions about the 2019 event. More to follow.  Let me know if you have 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 Friday 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 (2016 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 6:30 PM on Friday  May 31st, 2019.  Location to be announced. T-shirts will be avalable for team pickup at the dinner. We will also have Tom's Run decals available for $2 each.  The event finish at Fort Hunt includes lunch and medals.


The best place for reservations is probably the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Cumberland, MD, 301-722-0340  A block of rooms is set aside each year at a discount for Tom's Run teams.  You can make reservations with the desk and mention Tom's Run.  Ask to talk to Janine Pitner if you have any problems or write to me at admin@tomsrunrelay.org.  The  Tom's Run rate for a two-person room is $90.00.  Please be sure to book for Tom's Run so we can keep track of the number of rooms used.

If you need other information, e-mail Admin@tomsrunrelay.org

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