Long Distance Relationships Are Hard

“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!

Jasper and Brent getting muddy in the woods of Western Massachusetts

Jasper and Brent getting muddy in the woods of Western Massachusetts

What makes this long distance relationship so difficult? The same things that make romantic long distance relationships a real drag. Those regularly scheduled check-in calls get screened or pushed back when something more locally prescient demands action. Days pass between vendor emails to finalize details on time sensitive marketing materials. Facebook / Instagram / Blog content becomes scarce. Out of sight, out of mind.


Don’t worry…the important stuff is already in the can. The city and parks department have approved our applications, and permits are in the works. Registration is pacing way ahead of schedule, and donations for Food Gatherers keep flooding in with fresh entries. Colorful lawn signs are being printed as I bang on this keyboard. Most importantly, adjustments are being made to make next year even better. But… man, it is a slog.


Shout out to Econoprint for their help designing and printing these killer lawn signs

Shout out to Econoprint for their help designing and printing these killer lawn signs

But…I have exciting news. I am moving back to Ann Arbor in ONE MONTH! Spending a school year in Amherst, MA has been an adventure, but a chapter I’m ready to close. Being out here has given me a renewed appreciation for how accessible the streets and paths are for runners in Ann Arbor, and just how welcoming and prominent the scene is. For the past nine months I’ve pined not only for the B2B path and Barton Hills, but also group runs with PR Run Club, AATC, Ann Arbor Running Company, and meeting my dedicated marathon training partners for 6:00AM zombie runs.

With any luck, you’ll see me this summer with co-director, Steph Evans, shaking hands and kissing babies at local races and group runs, promoting our race. We have a few surprises coming, and will keep you updated between now and race day.

Mara and I celebrating her PhD hooding and our return to Ann Arbor

Mara and I celebrating her PhD hooding and our return to Ann Arbor

Brent McDermott