What a weekend. What highs and what lows. It was amazing to watch runners cross the finish line and be able to talk to them. My family, friends and even strangers stepped up and helped out soooo much, expecting nothing in return. I came out feeling more connected to the important people in my life and the ultrarunning community than I ever imagined.
What an amazing group of people you guys are. So effing amazing. It is so cool to rub shoulders with people that attack life in the same way. You set out to do the impossible, and in the process when things go wrong in the darkest hour or something out of your control gets in the way, you handle it with such dignity. You guys have won over the hearts of my family and the volunteers and I have no doubt that we will be able to do amazing things with this race in the future now that they are 100% on board. All of these minds behind the race are now firing on all cylinders thinking of ways to make it a success.
I am still in the process of taking down the course markings and it has been an eye opening experience for sure. Gooseberry at night is a whole different world. There is no such thing as “running” the Goose at night. You just try not to get lost.
As a gesture of saying thanks for having enough faith in us to join us in our first year of existence and as a gesture of saying “We’re sorry” for the sub-par performance on course markings, keeping up with the leaders, keeping aid stations well-stocked for the back of the packers, and not being able to deliver on several key items that I said that we’d have in place- I’d like to extend a 50% discount off of next year’s race to anyone that toed the 100 mile starting line on race day. We would love to see you back here, and are confident that we will have the above mentioned glitches worked out.
Also, for anyone that DNF’d the 100, but went more than 50 miles, we have a 50 mile finisher’s medallion for you. Please send me an email if you’d like to have us ship that out to you.
Drop bags- if you send a check for $10 to: Matt Gunn, 810 S. Peachtree Dr., Toquerville, UT, 84774 and include the address that you’d like your items shipped to. We’ll get those sent out to you- most likely sometime next week as we still have about 40 miles of trail to take down and clean up and a lot of organizing of supplies to do.
We’ve got some really cool course improvements that I’m excited to let you guys know about in the future. Next year is going to be epic!!!