I am writing this post for the 11 regular readers of this site so please pass the word.
There has been a rumor–in fact more than a rumor, that famous ultra runner and co-race director for the "Top of Tantalus" run, Bob Murphy will be leaving the islands later this year. Now I know, once this becomes public knowledge, the hearts of women throughout the isle’s will skip a beat, however ultra running men and the common man will be breathing a sigh of relief.
None the less, if this rumor is true, then we must start to think about planning his farewell. Click on photo to see it larger. Bob in a common trail pose with some of his admirer’s
I can think of no better way to start this farewell then to show up en-masse at the "Top of Tantalus" run.
Women, this will begin the end of Bob writing race numbers (six-digit race numbers?) on your legs while trying to get your phone numbers written on his hands. I’ve been told by many women, having Bob use his big, black… marker on your leg, is the highlight of the Trail Series.
Men, we will no longer have to embellish our stories for Bob to live vicariously through our exploits. Unfortunately though, this means we will have to suffer long, grueling training miles without his humor, his wit, and exciting stories about his cousins back in Kentucky. Bob, is all that true? I didn’t know…oh, I guess that story is better left on the trail, I’ll take your word. Anyway, I for one, know training runs will never be the same.
We need to show our support for Bob! Be a team player and show up at the "Top of Tantalus" run–just for Bob.
The race is Saturday, April 15, at 7:00 a.m. Start and finish at Pu’u’ Ulaka’a State Park. Show up by 6:30 a.m. to sign in and register. It will be seven miles of fun!