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I remember it like it was yesterday: July 7, 2013. It was my 23rd birthday, and I was celebrating in Clevedon, a quaint little seafront town on the Bristol Channel in England. I sat in a beautiful flat with one of my dear friends and her family, bent forward, staring deep into the television’s soul. Hopes and dreams rested on the television screen, ones that were generations in the making.
On that fateful Sunday—the seventh day of the seventh month, 77 years after the last Briton won a men’s Wimbledon Championship title—Scotland’s Andy Murray captured victory at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, snapping one of the longest droughts in sports history. Great Britain had reclaimed the crown at Wimbledon.
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With the permission of Zach Adams, we are reprinting this post about how an ultrarunner (usually the one running) takes on the role of aid station captain. For those of you who have manned aid stations, you will be able to identify with Zach. For those of you who are used to aid station workers taking care of you, well … just say “thanks” to your aid station folks next time you’re in a race. Thanks to Zach Adams and Eric Steele of Epic Ultras for letting us post this piece.
At the inaugural Flint Hills Marathon and 40 Miler I got my first taste of running an aid station for the full duration of a race, and HOLY SHIT was it a real eye-opener! Since I started running ultras about 5 years ago, I have been amazingly taken care of at almost every race I have started. I have had workers fill my bottles, give me food, and offer me everything from a sandwich from their own cooler to Tums out of the glove box of their car. I have stumbled, shuffled, and flown through innumerable aid stations, but I have never worked one. I now realize after working at one, that while I was grateful, I was still taking them for granted. Not anymore. Never again. I realize that I am not unique in that I usually run ultras so I am really excited to share some observations from my first experience from behind the aid station table.
1. It is HARD. You have to show up early and stay late. You have to rush around and get stuff ready before runners get there. You have to load and unload everything. You have to clean as you go. You have to clean, inventory, and repack everything once the last runner comes through. It isn’t running, but it is a LOT of work.
2. It is STRESSFUL. The pressure of being able to quickly and efficiently provide for all the needs of the runners while still cheering them on and infusing them with confidence takes a real toll on you. Waiting for a group of runners to come through and making sure you got them all checked in can leave you worried that you missed someone. You will question yourself. Did I do everything I could for them? Did I find the right drop bag? Did I give them the right bottle back?
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Jeff and Dondi Black are ultrarunners in Boise, Idaho. A couple of weeks ago, Jeff ran the River of No Return 100K, and Dondi ran the 50K. This was the inaugural year for the RONR and its first year in the Idaho Trail Ultra Series. If you’re considering an ultra in Idaho, check out the ITUS website for other races. RONR was the 3rd in a series of 8 ultras in 2014. Here is Jeff’s race report entitled “Running the River.”
“This was an inaugural race with a potent name: The River of No Return, or RONR for short. Given its close proximity to the Frank Church Wilderness to north, the main Salmon River to the south, and the towering Lost River Range to the east, the location was promisingly iconic even before arriving in Challis, Idaho where it all began. I strapped in for the long 100k course while Dondi rode the rapids on the 50k.” To read the whole article, go to Jeff’s website: http://jeffattheraces.wordpress.com/.
Circle of Hope is having a fundraiser called the UV Splash Color Dash on September 13, 2014, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN. This organization is raising money to help breast cancer patients in northern MN and northern Wisconsin with daily living expenses as they go through treatment. For many of the patients who have breast cancer and go through the treatments, it is hard to pay the bills in many cases. Click here for race details.
Circle of Hope has helped breast cancer patients by raising $109,000.00 in three years. This money has helped by paying providers of the patients who are struggling financially.
This year marks the 15th year that M&B has hosted the Grandma’s Marathon post-race dinner & celebration for subscribers and their families. After the race on Saturday evening, we invite you, our loyal readers of Marathon & Beyond magazine, to celebrate your success at our annual Grandma’s Marathon Post-race Dinner & Celebration.
The complimentary buffet dinner is Saturday, June 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Lake Superior/Michigan Ballroom, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 200 West First Street in Duluth.
Join M&B publisher Jan Seeley and other Marathon & Beyond staff and friends for a fun gathering after Grandma’s Marathon. Special guests this year include ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich and Grandma’s Marathon course record holder, Dick Beardsley.
“We are planning a great time to share experiences, tell stories, and enjoy the accomplishments of all our subscribers who run the half and full marathons,” says Jan Seeley, publisher of M&B.
Admission to the party is free to subscribers and their families and friends. It includes delicious food, soda, and juice, along with a cash bar. There will be raffle prizes and specials on M&B merchandise.
An RSVP is absolutely required to attend. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. To confirm your place at the celebration, call or email the M&B office by June 16. The phone number is (217) 359-9345 or email: email@example.com.
The post-race dinner & celebration is part of the overall support that Marathon & Beyond is providing as a contributing sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon.