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 '14.
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||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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you
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. That said,
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 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