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McQueen’s Island Historical Trail Repair Prospectus 2018

This morning, I had the honor of meeting Mr. Leon Davenport, engineer for Chatham county regarding the future plans for the McQueen’s Island Historical Trail (RTT).  He was quick to discount the rumors that the county was nixing plans to restore our beloved RTT.  Point in fact, the trail will be repaired but it will only be a little over five miles long rather than the former approximate 6 miles that it was.  Also, the midpoint parking area will be accessible only by Chatham County vehicles for trail maintenance.  There will be no public parking there allowed.  The only access point to the trail will be at Fort Pulaski where the trail head is at.

The money to pay for the repairs (approximately $1.036 million) will come from FEMA due to damages from Hurricane Matthew.

The trail marker signs that we paid for from the Ledesma Sports Medicine’s Savannah Rails to Trails Ultra race proceeds will be installed on the trail once the repairs are done.  These trail signs cost over $4000 and have been resting in a Chatham County storage for the past two years.

When will the trail work begin? Right now, the county is in the planning stages which will take approximately 45 days.  After that, it will be the bidding stage which will last about another 45 days.  We can realistically begin to see work on the trail in the next 90 to 120 days, – give or take…mother nature plays a part in this planning too.

 

I also learned that the long term goal for the McQueen’s Island Historical trail is to have it begin on the western side of the Bull river where the casino boats used to dock.  The trail would literally run alongside the new Bull river bridge (which would be built with pedestrian access).  It would connect with the RTT and would continue across Lazaretto Creek to Tybee Island.  The new Lazaretto creek would be built with pedestrian access too.  Now, mind you, this future plan may not happen in my life time but, it may in yours!

This is all that I’ve learned today in this meeting.  I can tell you that I am excited about this news.  This trail has a very special place in my heart and I’ve hated to see it wash away again and again.  It looks like this time around, though, the repairs for the trail are being approached with a long term plan for keeping the trail in place rather than just the band-aid solutions that we’ve seen over and over again.  In the end, we find ourselves fighting mother nature which can be quite a heartless bitch but I think we’re finally heading in the right direction.

As I learn any more about the prospects of the McQueen’s Island trail I will gladly share that info with you all.

To anyone wondering if we will bring back the Savannah RTT Ultra in the future I’ll just say, let’s take one step at a time and see where we are with the trail by year’s end.

peace,

Run 4 a Reason

Rough Runners

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Savannah SSOD Race Instructions

Dear SSOD Runners,

Thank you for your support of this run and especially, for the cause behind this run!  As many of you may know, Gail Thatcher, one of our own from the running community, has a little girl, Layla, that is fighting for her life.  This run is to benefit and offer some support for the Thatcher family.  So, thank you all for being a part of this!

We have a lot of pertinent information to share with you all before the race.  So please, read every word of this notice!

Packet Pickup: December 9th (race day): 6:15 am – 6:45 am, by the start/finish line
Race start: 7:00 am, Williamson Street, by the SSOD
Race end: 8:00 am
Awards ceremony: in between ‘A World Apart’ and ‘Perks Coffee’ over by the river promptly after the race.

There should be ample parking space available so early Saturday morning.  Please refer to the map below for some of the areas where parking is allowed.  Please DO NOT park in hotel parking lots and places clearly marked as no parking.  Also, you should not have to pay parking meters in the morning.

At packet pickup, you will receive your bib number and shirt.  Please pin your bib number where it can be clearly seen.

The race will begin promptly at 7:00 with runners heading west on Williamson Street.  When runners reach MLK they will turn right (north) until River Street.  They will follow River Street east and turn right (south) on the pathway between Chuck’s Bar and Dub’s Bar.  Runners will then run up the steep steps known as the Stone Stairs of Death (SSOD) and turn and head west upon the top of the steps and, repeat the 0.31 mile loop over and over for one hour.

Please note, slower runners (and walkers) must use the right hand set of stairs going up, leaving the left hand set of stairs for the fast runners!  Slower runners respect that the left set of stairs is for the faster runners!  And, faster runners, respect that the right set of stairs is for the slower runners!

The SSOD are very steep and uneven.  PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL RUNNING THESE STAIRS!  Use the rails as much as you can!

Also, you will be running on cobble stone when running on River Street and in between Chuck’s Bar and Dubs Bar leading up to the SSOD.  Use caution and common sense when running on the cobblestone.  We don’t want anyone twisting an ankle on the course!  Use the sidewalk if you can!

This is a race! So, please practice noble sportsmanship!  Don’t push other runners.  If someone is hot on your heels and you’re not going to move faster move over to the side and let the faster runner by.  On the same token, faster runners please announce on which side you want to pass by the slower runner.

The runners that make it to the top of the steps by no later than 7:58 am will be allowed an extra lap if they want to.

Runners, every time you complete a loop call out your bib number!  There will be a lot of runners shooting by fast on such a short course!  So, please, please, please, help us keep count of your laps by calling out your bib numbers!

Immediately, after the race we must move off the course to allow the construction of the hotel on River street to continue!  The awards ceremony will be held outside of Perk’s coffee shop and, the World Apart memorial.  Each finisher will receive a dog tag imprinted with the mileage they ran.  Please be patient as we imprint your mileage on the tag.  Go into Perk’s and grab a cup of coffee while you wait for your tag.

We will award the male and female that crank out the most miles in one hour!

There will be a very simple aid station set up with a water cooler, bananas and tangerines.  As with all Rough Runners events, there will not be any cups available.  You must bring your own water bottle.  Dispose of garbage properly.  Littering is a big no-no and will not be tolerated.

You may also want to bring with you a bag with a change of clothes or stuff for after the race.  We’ll hold onto it for you, if you’d like.  Just make sure the bag is one that closes snugly and, has your name clearly on it.  After the race, pick up your bag from the timing/packet pickup table.

Please note that if you registered after this past Monday, you may not get a race shirt as we only ordered a few extra shirts to keep costs down.  You will receive a finisher’s dog tag, though and, if you win the event you will get the top runner award.

Here is the link to Layla’s unknown expenses gofundme account if you care to donate more: Run for Layla

The proceeds from this run will be donated promptly to the aforementioned gofundme account on behalf of all of you wonderful folks!

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

We’ll see you on Saturday, bright eyed and bushy tail….or, we’ll just see you there 😉

Thank you all so very much for your support of this run!

May you all have very Happy Holidays!

All the very best,

Run 4 a Reason/Rough Runners

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DFL 24 Hour Ultra Training Group

Here with Rough Runners we have a new challenge starting Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  It’s a 24 week training program for running a 50 or 100 miler at DFL 24 on the April 21st weekend or, whatever 100 miler you’d like to apply this training to.  If you decide to train with us and run the DFL 12 or 24, we’ll give you a 25% discount on the registration of the 12 and 24 hour DFL race.  That’s some pretty good savings and a darn good incentive, if you ask me!

  • DFL 24 hour registration fee is $150 if you sign up before January 5, ’18.  After Jan 4th the price increases to $175.  25% respectively is $150-$37.5=$112.5 or $175-43.75=$131.25
  • DFL 12 hour registration fee is $75 if you sign up before January 5, ’18.  After Jan 4th, the price increases to $100.  25% respectively, is $75-18.75=$56.25 or $100-25=$75.

Why are we offering this challenge with this deal?  Two reasons, we want runners to run our race and, we want our runners to fulfill their big goals!  So, lets train smartly and achieve them together!

this signet ring will go to the runner that gets the most mileage in 24 hours

A 50 miler or 100 miler is hard anyway you cut it.  A 100 miler in 24 hours is super hard but with proper training and steely focus its doable!  You’ll need the same focus you’ve used for training and finishing a marathon or 50k.  I know this because I’ve done this.  To complete either of these distances takes discipline and, a certain level of grit that is only born from how badly you want this.

On race day, around mile 60, you may find yourself in the darkest moment of your life and, continuing to put one foot in front of the other until you finish may very well be the hardest thing you’ve ever done…at that moment is when you must and will tap into that invisible stuff of greatness and, you will finish what you started!  Anton Kupricka aptly stated, ‘a 100 miler is an exercise in pain.’  So, very true!  There is no way of bypassing that discomfort, it comes with the distance.

The training program we will be utilizing for the 24 week DFL 24 50 and 100 challenge comes from eRunningGuide.com.  Its a sound plan!  We will use this plan for both the 50 and 100 mile goals.  For those of you training for the 50 miler, I would suggest using the same program linked above but reducing your mileage by 5-10 miles per week.  For those of you already on a training routine similar to this program just take from this what you can incorporate to improve your training and just stay with it.  And, those of you that are 100 mile veterans already, take from this program what you can and reap the benefit of the discount we’re offering.

Please note, that you do not have to live in Savannah for this challenge.  If you live in Kansas and you want to jump on board with this plan, by all means, please do so!

Those of you that do live in Savannah or are in close driving proximity, it would benefit you greatly to train as much as you can on the DFL course which is 2.02 miles.  The DFL course is almost entirely flat but it does cover some single-track, technical trail with some sharp turns and mounds that will become mountains around mile 30.  The course also follows old utility unpaved roads, pastures, sandy marshland, and pine forests.  The landscape is breathtaking but don’t underestimate the course because it is in flat Savannah.  Make no mistake, cranking out a 100 miler on the DFL course is going to be challenging.  So, the more training you have on this course the better you’ll be prepared on race day for completing this.

We have a spreadsheet for you to enter your weekly progress in: DFLTraining50-100

Please note: you are sharing this document with other runners.  Only enter data under the field of your name.  I will always have a backup just in case something goes wrong.

We have a facebook event for this training program that we should use as a forum for discussion regarding every aspect of our training.  So join this event if you decide to join either of the training program: DFL 24 Hour Ultra Training Program Event 

Whether you’re going for the 50 or 100 mile goal, you will have 24 hours to complete it.

For the 25% training discount contact me at: dlh14255@gmail.com and I will promptly send you a unique code for registering for either the DFL 12 hour (for 50 mile training program) or 24 hour (for 100 mile training program).

Please note: If you start with the 100 mile goal and then drop to the 50 you will not be reimbursed the difference between the 50 and 100 mile registration fee.  And, if you decide to upgrade to the 100 miler from the 50, you will have to pay the difference.  Sorry. Thems the rules.

Lastly, if on race day you  drop down to the 50 from the 100 you will be dnf’d but we’ll still give you a finisher’s award.

So, if you have been pondering a 50 miler or 100 miler consider joining our training program.  We’ll be there with you every training step of the way!  We’ll train together even if living states apart.  And, on race day, April 21st, we go to battle!

Join the fun!

 

Rough Runners

Brian Garvin

Jason Edenfield

Dan Hernandez