Despite the obstacles, Firecracker always manages to draw a mammoth crowd by being so damn FUN. Whether you are there as a runner, spectator, or shameless race promoter, this race knows how to find your endorphin zones.Read More
Thank God for To-Do lists.
Meeting with co-director Steph Evans on Friday was a reminder of two things.
1) How far this race has come in one year.
2) How much we have to get done in the next six weeks.Read More
Awards & Photos from the 2019 Clash of the ClubsRead More
Ever wake up from a dream with a great idea that you are afraid will evaporate? Me, too.
How about when you are out for a run? Ditto, but on steroids.Read More
The big question is…why do people care about this new club competition element? Aren’t they really just interested in seeing how fast they can run a mile or one leg of a 400M relay?Read More
92 days till race night and the hay is already in the barn. Anyone that talks running with me has probably heard me use this running truism, but this time I mean it quite literally. Technically, it’s straw, but let’s not split hairs over it. Yep, I am speaking about actual bales of straw-in an actual barn- actually earmarked for Gallup Gallop!Read More
“We’ll make it work... I’ll call you every night, and we can take turns visiting. It won’t be that bad, I promise…”
Sound familiar? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you know what I’m about to say next. Long distance relationships are f****ing brutal. Why is this germane to Gallup Gallop? For the last nine months, the race director (yours truly) has been managing the race remotely from Western Massachusetts!Read More
Meet the 2018 Gallup Gallop award winners. Relay, 5K, and Age Group winners and photos inside!Read More
The week of his passing, several extraordinary things happened. Kirk was an organ donor, and due to his marathon training health, his body was able to help 150 people. An average donor can help 8 people. Kirk’s passing was a blessing to 150 other families! The Steen family was informed immediately that Kirks heart valves went to help children, and each of his kidneys saved a life.Read More
Five years ago I HATED running. It was 2013 and I had just completed my first super sprint triathlon, tricked by the encouragement of a hometown friend. It wasn't very far and we didn't really train much for it, but... we survived. Naturally, I decided that the most logical thing to do was to run like a maniac until I didn't hate it quite so much. So when a friend told me about parkrun, a free, timed, weekly 5km run/walk/jog event in my local park, I decided that this was the perfect thing for me.Read More
There’s a reason why PR is sort of the speakeasy of Ann Arbor’s running community. Even if you are an Ann Arbor regular, you may not be aware of PR Run Club. We have a studio downtown, but no sign. We have a logo, but it’s elusive. But if you are a runner, chances are you’ve heard of us. Some say we are a little obsessed—a little "intense." Whatever bad things you’ve heard, it’s not true. Well, at least not entirely.Read More
Once released some years later, autism overlooked and buried deep, I took my newfound treasured ‘friend’ with me, and after nearly four decades, it has yet to leave my side or dull its edges. Instead, every year brings new excitement, experiences and challenges on surfaces and venues I likely otherwise would have never had the notion or the courage to explore in addition to the unforeseen personal and professional opportunities and invaluable connections I have had the opportunity to make with incredible people willing to look past my social blunders and rough exterior, all of which I was once told would never be possible.Read More
Lauren and I have both been known to swing in, actively sweating, and grab lab or shepherd mixes for a spin around the adjacent park. The dogs love it - tongues and tails wagging, sprinting up and down the block, and then hitting the water bowl when we get back.Read More
It's amazing that no matter how much I put in to running, I get back much more. My obsession to go from a 4 hour and 29 minute debut marathoner to a sub-3 hour marathoner has led to a podcast called Cloud259, Running on AirRead More
That morning, I realized that I had to change my old ways of thinking. It turns out, I had misheard the spring trees in the Arb. They had actually said, "If WE build it... they will come" because it truly does take a village to put on a good race. That revelation also made me realize that I needed to take control of the things I could, and not worry about the number of registrations in the queue. If I assembled a team to help shape my race vision and turn it into reality, the sign ups would follow.
If a race falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?Read More
Every great mystery / sc-fi series immediately follows an answer to one question with two new ones. The best modern example of this is the early 2000's hit, Lost.
As a ride-or-die fan of this show, I used to go into every episode pining for answers to the show's longest standing mysteries: Who are The Others? What happens if they don't push the button? And, my personal favorite, why are there polar bears on the island? Every season, a few of the big questions would get answered, but not without a whole new set of riddles to obsess over.
As you might have guessed, this is exactly what planning a race is like.Read More
Two short weeks ago I was convinced that we were going to have to fold up our tent, give the handful of registrants their money back, and pretend like the Gallup Revival never happened. 80 registrations later, and I'm starting to wonder if we are going to sell this thing out.Read More
But today feels like a turning point. Hal Wolfe, the Gallup Gallop's former caretaker, emailed me with a fresh certification, which has lifted my spirits. Despite hitting the cover off the ball as a race director, Hal stepped down this year because of the time commitment that was required. He didn't have to dedicate hours of his time to meticulously measure the course on a hot summer day, construct a new map, and file the necessary paperwork to the USAF, but he did anyway. And the mensch wouldn't accept the standard wage for his labors. This anecdote tells you what kind of guy Hal is, and how much he loves this sport. If nothing else, getting to know people like Hal, Laurel Park, Brian Herrald, Nick Stanko, Ian Hancke and Doug Goodhue have made this adventure worth it.Read More
It's well documented that runners are a strange and neurotic breed. We punish our bodies in pursuit of PRs, BQs, weight loss, runner's high, clarity to make important decisions, and in some extreme instances, self actualization and enlightenment.
The thing that I sometimes forget is how irrational the sacrifices are that us junkies sometimes make.
To best illustrate my symptoms of a neurotic running enthusiast, I've sketched out a timeline of events for Sunday, May 6th.Read More
During my third lap around the park, the sun was starting to set, and endorphins were starting to buzz through my brain and tingle down my spine. As the clouds parted and gave way to light, so did the fog that was the source of my logo writer's block.
Then...SQUAWK! A pack of fierce geese shared the shit out of me as I turned a blind corner over a bridge. As soon as my heart rate slowed, a sense of relief washed over me. Anyone that runs through Gallup Park knows that it is overrun by these mean geese. On race night, they will be a part of the course just as much as the bridges and foot paths. Of course, then, an elegant yet menacing goose should be the icon of the logo. The only problem? It only lived inside my brain, and like I said, I can barely draw stick figures.Read More