Tuesday, October 2, 2012
2nd annual Runners Without Borders
Please join me for the 2nd annual Runners Without Borders!
Let's do a recap for those who may have forgotten:
Last year about this time I said to myself, "Self, how's about we raise some money for Doctors Without Borders? Gee, that'd be swell, huh!"
Then this happened: RWB.
And now it's going to happen again! With a few minor changes to the format, because, you know, I like to mess with success.
Let's start with the basics.
It all goes down on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Get yourself to Lory State Park on Sunday, October 28th. You don't have to be there for the whole day.
Start at the "Eltuck" picnic area. See map here: Lory map
Run to one of the very lightly defended "borders" between Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park. You choose the route. There are two border crossings as you know. Valley and Mill Creek, we'll call them.
Pick up a poker chip at the border crossing, there will be a bag of them at each crossing.
Return to Eltuck with your poker chip. This represents a "lap". One poker chip per person per lap, people.
Repeat. Or don't. (yes do...)
But wait, there's more! So much more...
Just like last year, I'm donating one dollar per "lap" per person to Doctors Without Borders. Up to $250. Last year we combined for 168 laps. I know we can get to 250 this year. Don't let me down, people.
Express yourself, people! Please show up and get one or more of those poker chips and bring them safely back to Eltuck. It's worth money to DWB! And I encourage you to pledge as well. You can match my pledge. You can pledge for yourself. You can get your friends and family to sponsor your laps. You can make up some insanely complicated formula (Laura B, I'm pointing at you; well I'm pointing in the general direction of the Vet Hospital right now. Well I'm typing, actually, but you get the visual)
What else is different?
New starting point:
This year I've rented out the Eltuck picnic area in Lory, it's about halfway between the Lory st park entrance and the Arthurs Trailhead (our base of operations last year). I wanted more space and more amenities, picnic tables and the like.
No fixed route:
That's right! I continue to turn the concept of an organized run on it's head. Just get to the border. Or the other border. How you do it is up to you. Clearly there are speedy and slower ways to get to the borders, but part of the fun should be to explore the trails. Which is why I'm dispersing a as-yet-to-be-determined number of...
Magic tokens will be placed in secret locations along the trails of Lory state park. Find one on your lap, and bring it back for a fabulous prize. One magic token per person, please. What prizes? TBD. How many tokens? TBD. Wha-? Quit asking so many questions. Friggin MAGIC TOKENS, people! Go find them!
Still with me? Good.
Here's what I need from you.
Please let me know if you're planning on showing up. I'll add you to my online RSVP list. There is no charge to participate, other then the Lory State Park fee ($7 per car, so carpool).
Wait, when is it again?
Sunday, October 28th, anytime from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get there early if you want to find a (friggin) magic token though.
You don't have to pledge but of course I encourage it. Last year we raised over $4,000 for DWB. Yeah that's right. I think we can top that this year. Give me some sugar, people.
For point of reference, here are last year's participants and pledges:
ok that's it for now.