Well, we’re finally in the countdown to Randy’s 100 mile trail adventure run!
He isn't the only one either. His good friend Dave Liston is the one that got him to put his money where is mouth is. If you know Randy, you know he likes to dream BIG. If you know Dave you know he is a running FIEND signing up for 26+ mile races all over the USA (maybe other Countries? I don't know) every other weekend.
Randy basically put me (wife-unit) on the back burner to spend more time with Dave. Conversations were mostly like this: "Honey" (long pause followed by a quick, definite and absolutely not to be misunderstood question) "Dave and I are going to run ______ (insert far away place) this weekend, do you want to come?" Seriously.
Dave's wife (Angie) and I are often running together at camp and have become each others' support unit. I'm glad that Angie has been through much more than me because she has given me good advice on how to manage things. On the flip side, I think my irritating fresh "just married" excitement at all of the races we've been to (for example, Angie has been to enough of Dave's races over the years to know it's better to make sure you at at the finish line rather than getting up at 3am!) has created a nice balance. We're both surviving this together while our husband's dance off into the sunrises putting hundreds of miles on their running sticks weekly.
Anyway, I think I should thank DAVE for this experience happening sooner than later. So, "THANKS DAVE!"
OK, onto the actual race and the pool I've been blabbering about to everyone I know...
It's called the AC100, or Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run. It starts on August 3rd this year in Wrightwood California and finishes August 4th in Pasadena California.
You run 100 miles on your own two feet. You get to have pacers (if you can sucker someone to do it) when it is night time (yes, they run all night) and you SHOULD have a crew to help you when you arrive at an aid station to switch out your shoes, running gear, aid to blisters...whatever you've planned out in advance you believe you'll need to have happen to keep you rolling. Your brain is oatmeal after a while so you should get people who really love you (I think) but are tough enough to push you.
You earn the coveted BELT BUCKLE if you finish before 33 hours!! One millisecond over...NO DICE. Randy's goal is to finish under 30 hours.
To some of us DRIVING 100 miles is irritating (I speak for myself). Why would anyone want to actually RUN 100 miles?!
When I first heard about trail running (before I met Randy) I met Guillermo Medina. He was a humble, soft spoken physical therapist that worked at my chiropractors office, King Chiropractic (woot-woot shout out for King!).
As I lay face down on the adjustment table and Guillermo prepared me for my adjustment we struck up idle chit-chat which lead to me asking what he did last weekend. He said he ran 100 miles. Wait, what!?! Where are there even 100 linked miles to run?? What??? I rejected the information immediately.
But I asked, “where?!”. He said he ran the Angeles Crest 100, right up in the mountains near where I lived in Glendale.
Wow. I just couldn’t imagine. I couldn’t actually process that information.
“How do you go...you know... #1 and #2!?” was my next question. “You just do.” he said sheepishly. I didn’t dig any deeper for information, but let me tell you since this point in time I’ve had plenty of advice from all of the studly runners that do these sorts of races. Thanks Keith Klus!!
Guillermo WON the AC 100 in 2005. WON it. 19 hours and 33 minutes. And it was during a year that the Race Directors fought to keep the race going despite road closures and rainstorms. And now it was a few days later and he’s bopping around at work. WOW.
Other than marriage counseling (which will undoubtedly be needed) the added costs to make something like this happen were not part of the plan. Neither of us really knew what to expect! I'm considering writing a helpful manual (with Angie) on how to stay married...HAPPILY MARRIED...while your significant other signs up for something like this.
The first unexpected issue was the added costs. I thought running was the most "free" thing around. Not the case in 100 mile races.
So, on that note, I thought I’d open up one of those square pool things.
Randy will have a “crew” to support him (myself and Ann Archinal).
Running this race is all about efficiency and planning AND PRACTICE. He’s putting in countless hours every day.
When he arrives at a supported aid station I need to switch out his pack and everything he has needed exactly. This means I need to get 2 of everything he already has so he can run up (crawl if that’s what it takes) to the Aid Station and switch packs, shoes, socks...whatever... to then get back moving again.
He also has convinced two people to run with him (Debbie Bo aka Roxy Rocket) and Brett Goldsmith. They are called his PACER and their job is to keep him on the right trail and MOVING forward. Both Brett and Debbie have the perfect attitudes and experience to get Randy through this.
I think they still have all 10 toenails as well.
I believe the "leg" they will be running is 25 miles long (each). So they need to be fresh as a daisy too. That's a crew member's job to make happen.
It’s going to be INSANE (most likely) but a very entertaining 30 hours.
We will be tracking the time very carefully. He has explicit cut offs that he cannot miss or he may be DQ’d! So time is critical in this process.
Our fundraiser it to help get all of the duplicative items we need, to help our crew and pacers with food/fuel and lodging as well as any other unexpected expenses.
We'll have MINUTES to switch out everything he needs to get him back out there. That means I have to get TWO of everything. He's still "working out" what works/doesn't work - socks could KILL YOU if you have the wrong ones on. The right hydration pack. The right system to run through pitch black darkness...
We hope to also rally support in all possible ways - you are welcome to come and cheer any time during the race.
It begins in Wrightwood California and ends in Pasadena California. Here is the website to the AC100.
Here’s how it works:
RANDY RUNS AC100 BOX POOL
There will be TWO box pools you can enter.
$20 or $10 (or both if you feel like it!)
We’ll add up his arrival time at the following aid stations and finish.
Islip (25.91 miles), Chilao (52.8 miles), Chantry Flats (74.55 miles) and Finish Line (100 miles).
$20 per square or $10 per square. There can only be 1-9 across. So that’s $1620 or $810 total dollars. Half of each pot goes for this fundraiser. The remaining will be split as follows:
Location/$20 pool prize/$10 pool prize
(if not all squares are filled we will use the percentages these figures represent AND we will have an extra drawing should an empty square "hit" to determine whether we will move to the next filled square in top, bottom, left or right direction).
Islip / $125 / $62
Chilao / $150 / $75
Chantry Flats / $175 / $87
Finish $360 / $181
How the number will be figured:
There will be HOURS and MINUTES that elapse.
If it takes him 3 hours and 54 minutes to get to Islip then the HOURS column would be 3 and the minutes column would be 9 (5+4). Then he gets to Chilao in 9 hours and 1 minute that example is easy. Chantry Flats he hits after 18 hours and 44 minutes would translate into 9 on the hours column and 8 on the minutes column. Finish Line of 29:59 translates into (2+9 = 11 then 1+1= 2... so 2 for Hours Column) and minutes would be (5+9=14 then 1+4=5...so Minutes Column would be 5.
We will also have random prizes to win. We will cut up the full board squares, put them in a hat and pull them out.
Michele Neumann has offered up a pound of fresh fish (her husband is a fisherman). Russ Stephens threw a $25 Coffee Bean Gift Card in and Vicki Adoff is bringing a hand painted serving bowl. I need more prizes to raffle off (Help! People LOVE winning and anything you'd like to win would be a good thing to contribute).
Once the pool squares are filled in we will randomly pull the 1-9 numbers and assign them to the columns. Then we will randomly pick minutes edge and the hour edge.
Everyone in the pool will be sent a copy of the final pool so you can watch the race and see who is a winner.
We will have TIME IN being officially recorded. That’s the minute he steps into the Aid Station to be handled by the official race staff.
DISASTER PLAN: Should Randy NOT finish this race the remaining (finish line) cash will be placed in a drawing. We cut up the squares of each board (81 squares) and do a random drawing at camp by a random boot camper in attendance at the Monday August 5th 6pm boot camp class. If no one likes that idea, we'll just give it to Jaydee (he volunteered it).
We will (cell phone and signal dependent) be giving regular updates through the FaceBook Group (check it out!)
I know I will also try to keep track of Dave too. But I can't guarantee it. Dave's got a Golden Crew supporting him. Angie and Lauren (his awesome daughter) will crew and he's got an amazing and AC100 experienced runner Doug and Sid another studly Ultra trail runner.
If I see them, I'll be snapping photos for sure!
Our broad texting system (you sign up for this on our website if you haven't already). Go to the bottom of the page and fill it in. EVERYONE that signs up will have their cell phone entered for updates.
HOW TO ENTER (IN PERSON)
TO ENTER (remote)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Send an email to me directly: sarita@805BootCamp.com
OR you can CHEER RANDY ON WHILE YOU RELAX AT HOME IN THE CHILLY AC or POOL!