Rough Runners 100 Mile Club

 

We’ve recently launched the Rough Runners 100 mile club (or Club 100).  The whole purpose behind this idea is to bring to light and commemorate those individuals that are dedicated, disciplined and driven to push themselves to extremes. Pushing themselves to extremes opens them up to expand their boundaries and venture into territory few choose to explore.

Pushing your body beyond the 100 mile mark in running is territory where very few choose to venture to.  This is hard territory.  And, it comes at a price.  That price you pay is your willingness to wreck your body and mind a little bit to stand on this hallowed ground.  It doesn’t come easy.  You have to work for it hard.  The recovery (mentally and physically) from such a feat is usually long too.

The question begs, why do they do it?  I believe everyone that has accomplished this milestone has a different, intimate answer for why.

We’re not here, though, to answer the why but, to commemorate those extraordinary individuals that have.

Here are the runners that have crossed the hundred mile milestone in a Rough Runners event

  1. John Durant
  2. Karl Joseph
  3. Andrew Snope
  4. Steve Barber
  5. Catherine Weimer
  6. Frank Kelly
  7. Kerry Dulina
  8. Jason Watts

Well done, ladies and gentlemen, well done!

These folks have shown tremendous grit and, have been disciplined enough in their training and follow-through to accomplish great things.  Despite the discomfort of an aching body that is sleep deprived, hungry, bruised, cold or, hot they have battled internally and chose to finish what they set out to do.  The excuses surfaced many times why they should quit but they chose not to heed those dubious warnings and continued onward. That is a very tough thing to do when you are completely out of your comfort zone!  So, yes, we celebrate them!  That is what the Rough Runners 100 mile club is about…to celebrate these great athletes, these huge overachievers!

You may ask, how do I get into this unique club? Push yourself beyond your boundaries of comfort and reach for that star that continually moves ever so slightly, just beyond your grasp…keep going after it and, after a while you will get it…just don’t quit.  Quitting, unless your life is at stake, should never be an option.

Commit. Plan. Train. Re-commit. Train. Go after it. And, get it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Each of these runners has earned a buckle for their respective RR race, a certificate commemorating their achievement and soon, -they will each receive in the mail a patch, sticker and card (pictured above).  Their names will also be burned into a walking staff that we will display at every Rough Runners event.

The card they will each receive will have the Run 4 a Reason seal of the badass embossed on it as well as the Rough Runners stamp “In it to win it!”

The card also has two celtic symbols, – the tree of life and the triskelion.  These two symbols are appropriate to the RR 100 club members.

The Triskelion “represents triple nature and the movement of life which is formed of past, present and, future.  It is also a symbol of strength in Celtic culture since it represents the will to move forward overcoming adverse conditions one might face.

The triskelion symbol looks like it is moving and in that sense, it is also considered as the symbol  of progress, personal growth and improvement.”

 

The tree of life is “symbol of all of life on the planet, born of the earth and sustained by the power of the Universe.  There is no better depiction of the intimate and unbreakable bonds between each of us and the natural world in which we live than the tree of life knot.  It is an intricate representation that links every root below to every branch above, depicting the network of natural bonds that links all life together.”

 

 

To some, these small overtures to commemorate these great athletes and adventurers may seem trivial if not, silly.  Those of us that have traveled in these athletes’ footsteps know all too well that what each of them has accomplished is a big deal!  There is nothing trivial about it.

Some say, “pain is inevitable. suffering is optional.”  If you want to experience greatness, you must be willing to endure both pain and suffering.  Its how it goes.  It is how you grow into a stronger, fuller person, physically and mentally.

Do you have it in you to be in the RR 100 mile club? Only you can answer that.  And, if you want to venture down that path with a Rough Runners event, we have several that can help you get there.

Rough Runners.

dh

 

The information regarding the aforementioned celtic symbols was gathered from mythologian.net

DFL 24 Hour Ultra 2018 Recap

Last year (2017), was the inaugural DFL 12 hour ultra.  In 2018, we made it a 24 hour ultra.  It turned out to be a good move.  The 2017 race had 25 runners broken down in the following timed races:

  • 12 hour: 11 runners
  • 6 hour: 6 runners
  • 3 hour: 8 runners
  • total runners: 25

The 2018 race broke down with the following timed races:

  • 24 hour: 9 runners
  • 12 hour: 7 runners
  • 6 hour: 5 runners
  • 3 hour: 9 runners
  • total runners: 30

We also offered a relay option both years but no one registered for that.  I’m not sure why the relay option is not popular.  Wisdom would dictate that the relay option is a dud and should be discarded but, I’d like to give it one more try in 2019.

This year’s DFL 24 turned out to be a very special event.  Of the nine 24 hour runners, three crossed that magical 100 mile barrier in less than 24 hours.  That’s quite an amazing feat considering this is a 24 hour event on a trail that half of it is winding, single track and, with several mounds to go up and over on every loop.

The buckles awarded went to the following amazing athletes:

  • Frank Kelly with 107.06 miles in 24 hours
  • Kerry Dulina with 101 miles
  • Jason Watts with 101 miles

Frank Kelly, who ran the most miles in the race, will also receive a signet ring that is currently being custom made for him.  Every year, the runner that gets the most miles over 100 in the 24 hour race will receive a buckle and, a custom made signet ring with her name engraved on it as well as the mileage she ran.

DFL 24 awards the top three male and female runners of every race.  This year, we opted to go with green awards since the race is held during the Earth Day weekend.  The top three runners got potted plants.  The potted plants were a mixed variety of greek oregano, Thai basil, beef steak tomato, green bell peppers, rosemary, mint, lavender, Italian parsley and cilantro.  The themed awards seemed to be well received.  The finisher medals were actually 3-4″ circular pine chips with the runners names, race and mileage run on each.  We’re gonna keep this Earthy theme from now on.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Scott Owenby

Holding the event at the Roberd’s Dairy Farm in the Savannah and Thunderbolt area is really nice as there are approximately 180 acres of pasture, marshes and forests there.  It is the largest tract of green space in the greater Savannah area.  And, it is conveniently located being only a 15 minute drive to Tybee Island, a 10 minute drive to downtown Historical Savannah and, only a mile drive to a Starbucks and Whole Foods.  Its also adjacent to historical Bonaventure cemetery.

The land is privately owned and with that comes a hefty rental fee to hold the event there.  For 2017 and 2018, we paid $250 to hold the event there annually.  I’ve been informed that the rental price will increase to $300 for the 2019 event.  Also, anyone that wants to camp out the night before the event starts will have to pay a $10 camping.  I wish it was less money to rent but the location is great, the restrooms are very nice and, the 2.02 mile course is quite beautiful.  During the spring, wildflowers are in full bloom, mulberries and blackberries are ripe for the picking.  There’s also a wide variety of wildlife that calls the DF home.  The location can accommodate a lot of people.

Some of the Roberd’s Dairy wildlife:

  • box turtle
  • red fox
  • grey fox
  • coyote
  • alligator
  • snapping turtle
  • racoon
  • opposum
  • armadillo
  • mud turtle
  • king snake
  • garter snake
  • green snake
  • rat snake
  • barred owl
  • great horned owl
  • pileated woodpecker

Next year’s DFL 24 is open for registration and happening April 20th.  If you ran the 2018 event you have a 25% off discount for the 2019 race but you will have to contact me before you register so that I may create a discount code for you.

I’m excited for the 2019 race!  I wonder how many runners will break the hard to attain 100 mile mark?  Will someone break Frank Kelly’s 107.06 mile course record?  Will we have some relay teams join the fun?

Please join us next year for this run whether its for 24 hours or 3 hours.

Official race photos can be seen here: DFL 24 Hour 2018 Photo Album

 

Happy Running!

Dan

CGG 155 Mile Ultra 2018 Race Recap

CGG 2018 Runners, Steve Barber and Catherine Weimer

The Coastal Georgia Greenway 155 mile ultra 2018 is a 60 hour USATF Sanctioned running event held by Run 4 a Reason. It had a total of two runners, Steve Barber of Oakridge, Tennessee and, Catherine Weimer of Neshanic Station, New Jersey.
The event began on Hutchinson Island, overlooking River Street in downtown Savannah, Georgia. The event ended in St. Mary’s, Georgia, 155 miles later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Steve Barber completed the journey first with a finish time of 34:41:54. Mrs. Catherine Weimer finished the sanctioned event in 46:05:11.

There were five mandatory checkpoints along the course that we (the Run 4 a Reason team) manned where we checked on the overall fitness of the runners as they came by and stamped their race book (each runner carried a waterproof race booklet that contained a very detailed race course). At each checkpoint, the runner’s booklet would get a stamp to show they had crossed that section of the course and would proceed to the next checkpoint. The booklet covered the course very intimately, detailing areas that might have heavy traffic, road construction, and/or may be sketchy.
Before the event, we covered the aspects of the course with the two runners, making sure they understood the layout of the book and, how to proceed in areas that might have heavy traffic and such.


Mandatory check points:
1. Mile marker: 0, just outside of the International Trade Center, 1 Internaional Dr, Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Ga 31421
2. Mile marker: 29, King’s Ferry
3. Mile marker: 45, Hwy 17 and Martin Rd, Midway, Ga. across from Old Historical Cemetery.
4. Mile marker: 58.1, Smallest Church in America, Townsend, Ga 31331
5. Mile marker: 83.5, Darien Waterfront Park, Darien, Ga **This is a new checkpoint starting in 2019**
6. Mile marker: 101, Windsor Park in Brunswick, Ga, off of Ash Ave.
7. Mile marker: 129, Satilla River Waterfront Park, Woodbine, Ga 31569

Prior to 2018, the CGG 155 had a three year history as an invite only group run. The prior runs never had more than five runners at a time. The 2018 event marked the first time it was sanctioned and open to registration by runners that were not in our inner running circle. This made the 2018 event very special.

Mr. Barber’s finish time was amazingly fast for a point to point event spanning six counties, nine municipalities -on open roads and trail systems.


Mrs. Weimer was the very first female to attempt and complete the CGG 155! We were very proud to witness her strength, will and determination to complete this long, arduous run! Both Mr. Barber and Mrs. Weimer exhibited tremendous athletic ability, strength of mind and character in executing and completing this event. I cannot emphasize enough how very impressed and proud I am of these two exceptional athletes!

During the entire duration of this event we were constantly in contact with each runners’ support crews. The runner’s support crews were nothing short of exceptional! They watched over their runners, ensuring their safety and that their runners were properly fueled through-out their respective journeys. The two runners were so well taken care of that it allowed them to focus on executing on their race entirely.

Andrew Snope with his folks after completing the CGG 155 back in 2016

To date, aside from Mr. Barber and Mrs. Weimer, only three other runners have completed the CGG 155 Mile Ultra. Those runners are Karl Joseph, John Durant and Andrew Snope. All three runners are from Savannah, Ga.

John Durant and Karl Joseph just before the CGG 155 in 2017

This USATF Sanctioned event will be held annually, the last weekend of March. The 2018 event drew a lot of curiosity and attention and, is bound to draw the interest of many more runners nationally. Already, several runners have contacted us about their interest in running this event in the future.
We feel confident that this event will bring much attention to the Coastal Georgia Greenway and the Eastern Greenway. It has the potential for bringing an economic incentive to the coastal counties of Georgia and it’s towns and municipalities.

The results of the 2018 event can be viewed here at ultrasignup: CGG 2018 Official Results
The 2019 CGG 155 mile ultra will take place on March 29th through March 31st.
Registration for the 2019 race will open on ultrasignup.com on June 1, 2018.
Registration site: CGG 2019

Warm Regards,

Dan Hernandez
Jason Edenfield
Run 4 a Reason
Race Directors

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

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

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