Friday, January 11, 2019

Teams

Need a team to join? Here are are the ones taking shape:

Team Ethnic Diversity (TED) Team Trevor ALSAZ Chapter
TomioO
PeteC
LucasB
AdamS
TrevorD
RichardM
Carly
Carvor
Hadley
MarcoP
TarynN
+ Staff
Team Walks A Lot Team Name Team Name
NickL
RebeccaM
TBD TBD


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Squad Goals

This year's Hom 100 is going to be a bit different. Being injured means I'll have to rely on my crew to help me bank the normal 62 miles. Everyone is encouraged to put together a team - friends, family or coworkers will work just fine. Team up and put in some miles. What ever each person does gets added up so that your cumulative total is compared to every other team participating.

For example:

Team member 1 does 20 miles
Team member 2 does 3 miles
Team member 3 does 12 miles
----------------------------------------
Team total = 35 miles


So rally your squad and get ready to put in some miles. Remember, we don't care if you're running, walking, riding or crab-crawling so long as you're not on a motorized or electric vehicle (e.g., must be human-powered).

Comment below if you know who's on your squad. Don't forget a cool team name either!!

Prizes will be given out for:

  1. Most miles
  2. Fewest miles
  3. Best costumes
  4. Best team name
  5. Largest team

Friday, December 21, 2018

Something new for 2019

I have a small problem.

Stress fracture :-(
It will be at least the middle of January before I'm able to put any miles on my feet due to this injury. Which means that there won't be any 100k run for me this year at the Hom 100. Yes, I'm bummed about the injury but I think I've found a new way to honor Tony's life and legacy at this years event.

This year we'll be creating teams of participants who will collectively work towards achieving their own 100k (62 miles) distance over the course of 12 hours. Teams can be made up of runners, walkers or cyclists...just no gas-powered or electric vehicles :-)


We'll unofficially start at midnight on February 2 and start collecting miles. We'll break at 8 am to gather up other friends and neighbors (and probably have some donuts) and then continue on until noon. The Davenport's will host a BBQ starting at 1 pm once everything is broken down and cleaned up at the main aid station.

There is still some work to do in preparation but I'm looking forward to seeing how things come together and whether this format will be more inclusive and fun for everyone involved. If you're interested in helping out at the aid station or contributing anything for the event (all food and supplies are donated), please let me know. We love the help!

HOA Approval Porta-potty Aid Station Medals/Swag Food/Drinks City Permit
TBD

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2019 Hom 100 - Save the date!

This year's Hom 100 will take place on February 2, 2019. You can run, bike, walk, skip, scooter or skate any miles you want as long as you're out with us supporting the ALS Association and the memory of my friend Tony.


We've raised over $10,000 in 2018 and I'm looking forward to raising more in the coming year. It will be our 7th year running crazy loops around the neighborhood.

Monday, September 18, 2017

2018 Hom 100 - Save the date!

It's always a challenge to figure out the date for the Hom 100 each year. You have to be mindful of personal schedules, holidays, other races happening in the area. It's a balancing act of epic proportions trying to keep everyone happy.

Having said that, I'm happy to announce that the 6th annual Hom 100 will be on February 3rd, 2018.
So add it to your plans. Put it on your calendar. Include it in your training plans.

I'm looking forward to once again running in Tony's memory and raising money to support the ALS Association Arizona Chapter.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The 5th Annual Hom 100 (2017)

This is the face of a man almost defeated...

First, about mile 50 I didn't feel good at all. Nausea and lack of food had been the story all day. More on this later...

Second, the entire blog I'd written weeks ago recapping the 5th Hom 100 was completely wiped out by a browser glitch.

In either case, the only option is to carry on. In the spirit of brevity however, please enjoy a hashtag version of what I'd originally written...



Early Miles (6 am - 8 am)

It was suggested to me that we start early and log some miles before setting up the aid station.
#stupidisasstupiddoes

We knocked out a solid 13 miles before stopping to help set up.
#runrise

Starting Off (9 am - 12 pm)

It's always great to see so many of Tony's friends, family and the ALS Association supporting the day. They donate supplies, set up the aid station and cheer on the runners all day.
#ittakesavillage

Of course it's not really hot yet but I got behind on my nutrition early and never really caught up.
#rookiemistake

Friends continued to show up during the early hours helping me count off the miles and keep me company.
#runtribe


Afternoon Miles (12 pm - 6 pm)

I knew it was going to be a long day around 1 pm. I hadn't done any heat training so while 86F wasn't blistering, it was seriously taking its toll.
#lostmymojo


Despite friends coming and going, I was reduced to a snails pace due to the waves of nausea that kept gripping my belly.
#anycalorieswilldo

It was difficult to stay cool. Once I hit the 50km mark though, I took an extended break in the shade, tried to eat and changed my shoes.
#newshoesfeelSOgood

About 4 pm, I knew my normal eating tricks weren't working and I needed something new. A strawberry smoothie sounded awesome.
#tastedgreatgoingin

Photo credit: The Varton Family
Around 5 pm, the sun started to set and the shadows got longer. The cool temperatures did nothing for the gurgling in my belly. The strawberry smoothie would have its revenge.
#tastedbadcomingout

One of the unwritten rules of ultra-running? Just puke it up and keep going. I honestly felt much better!
#needfoodnow


Finishing Up (6 pm - 10 pm)

I returned to the aid station practically starving. Inhibitions gone. Palate open to every option available. Chips. Soda. Gels. Granola bars.
#eatallthefood

With less than a half-marathon to go, I could feel my energy coming back. Cool temps. The light of the moon. Family and friends by my side. I knew everything was going to be OK.
#timetoreflect

Photo credit: The Varton Family
It's usually this time of the run I think back on Tony's struggles with ALS. I will never know the anxiety and pain he must have felt losing so much. Walking. Feeding himself. Hugging his children.
#mypainistemporary

I didn't mind running alone for a while this night. The silence is a necessary reminder of how special Tony was to so many of us. I am proud to dedicate my time to remember him.
#takentoosoon

My son decided to join me for one of the final laps. We walked it all and chatted about how many loops he'd done, how much money we'd raised and how I was feeling.
#proudparentmoment

As we finished or loop, I announced I'd be doing the last 4 miles by myself. Not being selfish, I just felt recharged and wanted to run.
#forrestgump

Just like that, the HOM 100 (km) was finished around 9:30 pm. BTW, finishing in the dark isn't the greatest idea (the pictures suck). Something to change for next year I guess...
#turnofftheflash

Closing Thoughts

First a big thank you to my wife, kids and the Freeman Farms 'village' who entertained the kids, helped at the aid stations and give their day in memory of Tony.
#muchogracias

A special thanks to the Varton family - all the way from MI to support my crazy fundraising. You're the best!
#whenareyoumoving

We couldn't do much without our sponsors either!
#givingback


In case you're wondering, this year's Hom 100 will raise almost $10,000 once all the corporate matching is comes in! Thank you! There's still time to donate - we'll be raising money all year.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Help From My Friends

It never ceases to amaze me how one man's life and his legacy can continue to inspire others. I would venture that 99% of the people and sponsors who contribute, donate and help make the Hom 100 possible each year never even knew Tony.

What they do know is that he was robbed of the many things we take for granted - like teaching your son to drive or walking your daughters down the isle.

Our sponsors this year include Cadence Running Company and Arbor Networks.

Dan and Mary at Cadence not only own the greatest running store on the East Side but they have a passion for making their community a better place. I can't thank them enough for their continued support of the Hom 100.


A big thanks to Arbor Networks for their support as well. We couldn't do it without you!


A big thank you to the friends, family and neighbors that will join me in celebrating Tony's legacy on April 8. You are all amazing.