Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Hom 100 That Almost Wasn't

Did you know that in the city of Gilbert, if you have a gathering of more than 75 people that utilizes Gilbert property, facilities and/or utilities you're required to file for a Special Events permit?

Yea. Me neither.

After 2 years of holding the event in the same location around our neighborhood, I didn't anticipate anything different when it came to organizing and planning for maaaaybe 150 people to join the run/walk over the course of 30 hours. Turns out, the City of Gilbert got wind of the Hom 100 and required me to submit an application for a Special Event.

2 weeks ago. Talk about stress.

Fortunately for me, the fellow I worked with was a really nice guy and more than willing to help me make accommodations given (1) we're a charity event, (2) we aren't selling anything and (3) we don't require city utilities. We already had approval from the HOA board and just needed to vet the application with the various city departments to ensure the impact of the event were minimal.

The permit was approved last night about 8 pm. <wiping brow> Pheeew!

Now that's out of the way, we can focus on what matters most. Putting on a great run/bike/walk and raising a ton of money for the ALS Association of Arizona. If you'd like to support me on this 100-mile run, you can pledge an amount per mile at this link.

If you're in the area, come down to the Freeman Farms community at Greenfield and Ocotillo and join us for a few miles. The trail is walking, running and cycling-friendly and wraps around our neighborhood in a single 2-mile loop. There will be an aid station with water, sports drink, fruit, chips, sandwiches and other calorie-dense foods :)

More details can be found at

If you're unable to join us or just want to contribute from afar, you can always donate directly to our ALS team - Hom's Homies.

Thanks for all your support! See you in a couple days!

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