They ran the first loop together.

They started together - Only one finished. Here I am presenting Brian VanBuren with his finishers belt buckle
They started together – Only one finished. Here I am presenting Brian VanBuren with his finishers belt buckle

We designed a cool race this past weekend. A relay for teams of 6 to cover 99 miles on trails. 3 different loops – All run in order. One little caveat, we added a solo division for anyone crazy enough to take it on. They would run each loop the same way the relay would. 6 times, before moving on to the next loop.

7 total idiots signed up. 4 huge idiots started the race. We made their lives pretty easy if you ask me. Pacers at anytime. No limit on the number of pacers. Personally selected aid station food available. But still, 12,000 feet of elevation change in the first 50k…..

The 4 went out -All of different ability and mindset – We waited – Wondering how it was going out there for the first loop- Then, they came out of the woods.

Together.

All the solo runners – in stride together all the way to the aid station.

I was floored – I actually almost cried.

I am not sure how it happened – I dont know when the conversation happened or if it was an organic thing that just sort of developed but it was wonderful to see. I guess they figured they would have 17 more loops to sort things out.

I talk about “community” a lot when I talk about trail running in Rochester and what #TrailsRoc means to me. It’s about community. Always has been and always will be.

Mighty Mosquito 99 was that. People from all walks of life – camping together, running together, and sticking together – Almost 40 folks sticking around to see Brian through the finish line- Strangers offering to pace him if he needed it.

They ran the first loop together and the community around them grew closer.

 

Proud to write a little piece of this outdoor symphony.

 

Thank you guys for that.

 

 

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