If you run this race and love it, these are the people to thank. If you hate it, this is who you can blame. To better understand these guys, they have all answered the same question: If you were on death row and could only go one more run...
BRENT McDERMOTT | RACE DIRECTOR
"I would recruit every runner I know to go on one final long run with me. So many of my favorite friendships have been forged over the course of challenging runs through Ann Arbor's dirt roads near Barton Hills. A big reason Mikel and I threw our hats in the ring to take over Gallup Gallop was to create an event to bring all of our running pals together. Our goal is to see representation from all corners of the community, especially the amazing running clubs in Ann Arbor. "
MIKEL HAGGADONE | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
"Can I run anywhere? If so... I would run the Appalachian Trail as far as my legs would take me!"
*Race Director's Note: Mikel casually does back to back 20 mile runs on Saturday / Sunday, so he would probably be able to cover some serious ground. There isn't a more strategic endurance athlete that I know, and I've quickly learned that Mikel's skills translate perfectly to race planning.
BRIAN NELSON | CHIEF STRATEGIST
"My wife already has instructions to scatter my ashes on the majestic trails of Big Sur, so this might help her kill two birds with one stone. I've done a lot of moving around and traveling, which means I've been lucky enough to log miles in a lot of cool places, but there is something truly special about Big Sur."
*Race Director's Note: Brian has the misfortune of being my long run and racing partner. This means that almost every Sunday he is subjected to 2+ hours of spit-balling ideas for this race. Lucky for me, the dude is a creative genius.
SHANNON KOHLITZ & JASON HALL | POWER COUPLE
"First of all, what kind of judge is letting two criminals go out for a jog before they meet their maker? Second, we would have to consult our marathon bucket list for inspiration."
*Race Director's Note: The above photo was taken in Reykjavik, Iceland, where these two lovebirds managed to sneak in a marathon on their honeymoon. Jason introduced me to the Ann Arbor running scene about four years ago, and Shannon has taught me a great deal about negative splits in racing, and negative space in design.
HIRAK PARIKH | LOGISTICS GURU
"I would love to run on the B2B through Gallup Park. It's beautiful in every season and it's great to run so close to the water"
*Race Director's Note: Hirak hosts a 6AM run every Wednesday, so this race is way past his running bed time. However, his keen eye for detail and quality race logistics make him an invaluable asset to the team.