Once again the Fool's Run has come and gone. But here's a little slide show from #1 Volunteer, Charles to show you what you missed, or remind you what you should have seen (Joe!):
It sure was a lot of fun, and so darn much work. First, my partner in the race, Jim, he's about the best that there is. We make a good team, I drink the beer, he takes care of the details! Works out well.
Second, my gawd, the volunteers, wow! June, Becky, T-Bone, Mike P, Chris, Charles, Jen, Claire, Adam, Wendy, Ladies at the start finish, E, Heidi, Dave, Dan, Little Lisa, Woody, Jim B, Christjen, Allissa or Alyssa or Alissa, Patrick, Frank Sr. you guys, and the dozen I forgot, I want you to know that you are the reason the race comes off! I know I abuse my aid station workers, and I'm going to rotate you better I swear, but man, the absolute best! Next year it's beer, burgers, pizza and WHATEVER else you want out there, that's right WHATEVER else you want!!!
Andy from Gainesville won the 50 mile overall. He's rapid, 6:21 on a hot day. Stephanie Miller finished in 1st and 3rd in the women's 50-mile.
Patrick who is just fast these days won the 50-K masters in 3:57 or so. Don't know who won the other races, but I bet it's up on the http://www.tamparaces.com/ website thanks to the timing by Mike. Mike may be a pain in the neck, but he's a hard worker and not an entirely unintelligent man.
Just so you know, the Fool's Run won't be on Easter weekend next year, as Easter isn't until April 24th, that's just too late. Umstead has already claimed April 2 for next year. We can go the same weekend, or a week earlier or later. I'd probably lean toward a week later, April 9, as I don't want to interfere with the Guana River, but I'll check with our buddy Bill Dunn and see for sure when he's going. So, choices are: March 26 (possible Guana River), April 2 (Umstead), and April 9.
In conclusion, it's a LOT harder directing a 50-Mile race than it is running even a 100-mile race, but since I met Jim the pay is a lot better! Thanks for supporting us, and please shoot me any suggestions you have for next year.
ps. I was only kidding about Mike