Okay - this is the official call to runners... This is what's been approved by the race organizers, and the things we still have to finalize. This is what I posted on Rob's memorial page on Facebook.
Hey all potential/possible wannabe runners in the upcoming Leadville Marathon to honor Rob on June 29th of this year. I've talked to the race organizers and they have verbally approved of our plan - we can run either a team of 4 or 7 runners, min. If we only have 4 runners, each runner will run 2 legs; a strong runner (or strong walker, because at 13,000' even runners tend to walk,) will run the middle two back-to-back. If we have 7 runners, each runner can run 1 leg, and a strong runner/walker would have to do the middle two - logistically we can't get a runner to the top of Mosquito pass, so the 4th and 5th legs of the race are up to the top, then back down to the aid station - one person.
Here is the plan:
Runner 1 - Start to Aid Station A (3.8 mile leg)
Runner 2 - Aid Station A, around Ball Mountain, back to Aid Station A (3.3 mile leg; 7.1 miles in)
Runner 3 - Aid Station A to Aid Station B (2.7 mile leg; 9.8 miles in)
Runner 4 - Aid Station B to Aid Station C (3.3 mile leg; 13.1 miles in)
Runner 4 - Aid Station C to Aid Station B (3.3 mile leg; 16.4 miles in)
Runner 3 (5) - Aid Station B to Aid Station A (2.7 mile leg; 19.1 miles in)
Runner 2 (6) - Aid Station A, around Ball Mountain, back to Aid Station A (3.3 mile leg; 22.4 miles in)
Runner 1 (7) - Aid Station A to Finish (3.8 mile leg; 26.2 miles total).
They are asking that each runner pay for the half-marathon fee, but we will be given the full marathon shirt, medal, and all the typical race bling and take-aways that all the runners get. We are still organizing how the "team" will place in the race - if we all are running for Rob, and not for time - then we all finish as DNFs, instead of having an actual team time. Since there is no organization for a team in this race, as a team we'd be listed in the individual finishers columns, and that's not fair to a runner who runs all 26.2 to be bumped lower because a team of 4/7 with many more fresh legs finished faster.
So... interested? Please send me a PM so I can make sure I get your info - I would like to get a final count to the organizers by May 1st.
You've never really stopped even if you feel like you have.