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 '15.
|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.
||May 7, 2015 - Three
weeks until Tom's Run. Now is the time when we start looking at
the weather. The disclaimer form has been updated and is in the
Tom's Run tool box. Everyone needs to acknowledge it with
their team leader to be covered by our insurance. We currently
have 16 teams and 263 participants including teams from Anchorage, the
Coast Guard cutter Reliance, and St. Louis MO. Stay in shape and
hope for moderate weather. Despite my post on April 13th, we
might be willing to make a second shirt order. It depends on the
number of shirts wanted. See you on the trails.
April 13, 2015 - About
a week away from the first team application deadline. Please
check the Island of Lost Runners at the top of the page if you are
looking for help. Runners from Nashville and St. Louis have
expressed an interest in running remotely and can cover some legs.
Important! - This year, we will not be making a second shirt order except to fill incorrect orders. Please plan wisely.
This is the time of year when I am anxious because I don't know if anyone is going to do Tom's Run this year. Help!!!
See you on the trails - Roger
April 4, 2015 - Less
than 3 weeks until the first set of team applications is due. The
deadline for team applications that include shirts or medals is April
20th. The deadline for team applications without shirts and
medals is May 4th.
Will do not plan to make a second shirt order this year except to
replace an incorrect shirt. Please work with your team members to
sort out your application to indicate shirts, medals, pre-event dinner,
and post-event lunch.
The Ramada Inn Cumberland continues to be an important partner and
blocked rooms for us again this year. The cost is $77/night and
can be reserved by mentioning Tom's Run. If you have problems,
please ask for Ms. Brianna Persons.
NEW!!! This year, I want to submit a
picture of our event to Runner's World. I urge you to take lots of
photos and I will give a $100 prize to the best picture chosen by a
group of unbiased trail running experts.
As always, please contact me if you have questions or need more information.
March 5, 2015 - We are trying new shirts this year to buy
American and simplify sorting shirts into team bags. This year's
shirts are from Atayne in Maine. The shirts are from recycled
materials, they come in short sleeve and long sleeve in men's and
women's cuts, and they are very comfortable and durable. This
year's color is Caribbean - a teal tone much like the background of
this page. I think everyone will like them. I have a long
sleeve version and it's great. As a result, we are not offering
cotton shirts this year and all the shirts will cost $20. I
updated the team applications. I recommend checking the Atayne
web site for the Rec T model. This year's shirts are available on
Wed May 27th at Coast Guard Headquarters. Team Captains, please
contact me in advance to arrange picking up your team bag on
Wednesday. Otherwise, team bags are available at the pre-event
Bibs - The consensus seems to be that people like the Tom's Run bibs we
have used the past 2 years. This year, I will try to have bibs
made that show a team number and race number so that everyone on the
team will have a bib with the same team number (somewhat randomly
February 4, 2015 - Tom's
Run team applications and the course map are updated for this year and
you can start sorting out your team info. Note, team applications
that include shirts or medals must be received by April 20th and team
applications without shirts or medal must be received by May 4th.
Yes - there are a few details to take care of on the web site, such as
in the tool box and the logos that still show 16th annual Tom's
Run. I'm on it. In the meantime, start your planning.
The course is the same as lst year and I know of no obstacles on the
towpath. Stay tuned here for news and updates. Call, write,
or visit if you have questions. Cheers, Rog.
January 7, 2015 -
to the 2015 Tom's Run Relay. This is our 17th year!
This year's Tom's Run will begin with our
dinner on Thursday May 28th and end at 11:00 AM on Saturday May 30th,
Pavilion B, Fort Hunt Park. Pavilion B is smaller than our finish
pavilion that last few years and is further around the park loop.
It is still covered, has parking, and restrooms. I
will ensure everyone has directions to the finish. We changed to
Saturday this year to fulfill my promise to alternate start days.
is, this year we will have Sunday to recover.
I am working on the web site and hope to upgrade
it this year. More information is coming.
Welcome again to everyone. Please contact me
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.
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