Founder's Corner 2017
Race Director re-hired!
Sasquatch is very excited about the 2017 R2R. The Coalition re-hired Sabrina Seher as Race Director, and she "hit it out of the park." Sabrina is an energetic and motivated runner well known in the running community both locally and nationally. See News Tribune article here. She is experienced as the Race Director of the Tunnel Marathons, as a USATF Coach and owns a traveling Super Pacers Team for full and half marathons and opened up a training/coaching studio in Tacoma called Super Studios 253. Sabrina has completed 185+ full and ultra-marathons, 52 in one year!
Leg 4 Water Crossing Gone!
About three miles into leg 4 (Wilkeson to So. Prairie) there is a 100-yard washout where the old railroad roadbed and the trail have been washed away. Gale Creek has eroded the bank to the point where it has become a cliff. It is no longer possible to build the trail in the steep bank. A month before the race the creek was thigh deep, and we were preparing for the possibility that it would be too dangerous to run through. GOOD NEWS! Due to the unusually dry weather Gale Creek receded sufficiently that runners didn't even have to get their shoes wet! The water crossing was gone!
The Mayor's Cup is Back!
In 2013 the R2R introduced the Mayors' Cup, a beautiful trophy made for us by the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Unfortunately, after it was awarded in 2014 it was dropped and broken. The division was dropped as well, so no awards have been offered in the last two years. Now we have the repaired Mayors' Cup back and THE COMPETITION IS ON to see which team sponsored by the Mayor of a town along the Foothills Trail will be the fastest on National Trails Day this year. Mayors, start recruiting and training! Here is the list of past winners who have displayed the cup in their town hall.
2013 Sumner, Fleet Feet Sports in 6:03
2014 Buckley, Rise and Shine in 6:31
2015 No award given
2016 No award given
2017 Tacoma, Start Slow Then Taper Off in 6:09 Congratulations!
Rules: The only requirements are that teams consist of either 4- or 6-runners and that the team must be registered as sponsored by the town (only one team per town please). There are no rules about who pays the registration, where the team members live, who must be on the team, genders, ages, etc. Runners must take turns running their assigned legs, alternating through the order of their listed positions by handing off at each exchange like any team expecting to receive an award. Simple and fun! Here is the list of eligible towns: Carbonado, Wilkeson, Buckley, South Prairie, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, Fife, Tacoma, Ruston.
Each year the R2R Race Committee presents the Founder's Award to someone who has made a significant contribution to the event. Here is a list of past winners:
2006, John Selby for founding the R2R in 2002
2007, Russell G. Matthews, for work on Race Committee
2008, Thomas Moeller for the creation of our original website
2009, Tom Faubion for the BackCountry Horsemen trail crew work
2010, Don Partington for trail crew work
2011, Tom Gibson for the website management
2012, Bob Rowan for video and photo documentation
2013, Alan Hughes for radio communication and first aid
2014, John Downs for leadership of exchange volunteer teams
2015, Buzz Grant for work on the Race Committee, Trail Crew and the Bell Stand Team
2016, Ernie Bay for co-founding the Foothills Trail Coalition and leadership in advocating for trails
2017, Bob and Diane Kastama for R2R volunteering and leadership in the Friends of the RiverWalk
Please consider joining Sasquatch by donating your time and/or money in support of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition and its mission of assisting Pierce County communities in the creation, maintenance and usage of a connected system of non-motorized trails, including finishing this beautiful trail from Mt. Rainier National Park to Puget Sound. Your donation of $20 or more will earn you a one-year membership in the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition and a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, the Trail Line News, which will keep you up to date on the progress in developing all of Pierce County trails.
Sasquatch and I hope to see everyone again on National Trails Day, June 2, 2018!
John Selby, R2R Founder