Friday, January 30, 2009

Hello WSFA50Kers(?)

Just wanted to touch base prior to the race and try and provide a little more info...

First off, at the starting line/half way point/finish line I plan on having some minimal aid set up - there should be some Gatorade, some water (and if that runs out there's also a drinking fountain), and some standard 'ultra'-like food (pretzels, PB&J, etc.). If there's anything that you specifically want, you should probably have it on hand, again, we're going with the standard fat ass rules - no shirt, no aid, no whining, no fee :-) Please be able to be self sufficient and carry a water bottle or some form of hydration.

At the start/half way point/finish line we'll have (at least) two wonderful volunteers who will be helping me keep this whole thing together, recording splits & finishing times, helping with the aid, and keeping the fire in the shelter going (that's right - there will most likely be a fire and a sheltered area!). Please be grateful and courteous to these volunteers, they're helping me (and all of us) out quite a bit, to the point that I feel confident in saying, I couldn't do this without them.

Along with our aid station/time keeping crew, runner Linda Walter's husband Rich, will be biking up & down the course snapping some photos, so if you see him and his camera - smile and be sure to say 'thanks!'

The course will be marked with spray chalk, though to be honest, other than the turn around, it's pretty straight forward - don't cross the street, don't run into the water - at least not 'til you're finished ;-) Just for a refresher, please check out this link, and look at it once more prior to showing up on Sunday : & remember 2 out'n'backs. While on the course, please be sure to be vigilant and aware of your surrounding, no one will be qualifying for Boston on Sunday, so if it comes down to your finishing time or your safety, please be more concerned with the later.

Lincoln Park has a pretty descent parking area, with room for over flow as well - my guess is, since we'll all be there prior to 7am, all the spots should be open for us - having said that, if you can car pool, please do, if nothing else for the sake of air conditions ;-) You'll want to park in the south parking lot (where the directions lead, just prior to the Vashon Ferry dock), however if it is full there is also parking about midway through the park off of Fauntleroy Way. Once parked, head down the PAVED path on the south end of the park, and you should be able to see the starting line and where we're setting up.

If any one is coming from the south and might have a chance to swing through the SEATAC area, our only non-Washingtonian runner could use a lift - please contact Dharam P Piplani via - I know he'd appreciate it!

Here's is the city Parks Dept. site for Lincoln Park:

Directions coming from the north (southbound I-5) :*GX_
Directions coming from the south (northbound I-5) :

I think that about wraps it up (other than the whole running thing) - if anyone has more questions or sees something I missed (Van - what a 1st time RD always forget?) please feel free to email me or give me a call at (206) 380-4698, I'll do my best to reply quickly!

If by chance you've received this email, but no longer have intentions of running for what ever reason, there is no need to contact me - and along those same lines, if any of you have friends you may want to run, feel free to invite them (I'm throwin' the 'limit' out the window), I can't guarantee day of race signees a medal, but they are free to run!

Thanks and see you all dark and early Sunday morning!
MM# 932

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