War, terrible war. It brings us such terrible things. Widows, joggers, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our racecourse. Thirteen Hill Districts rebelled against the race that fed them, loved them, protected them. Runner turned on runner until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. Runners rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as runners we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed, that each year, the various Hill Districts of Monkeyville would offer up in tribute men and women, to race to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone champion, bathed in riches and crocheted monkeys, will then serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future. Please join us for the Tenth Annual Monkey Games on November 22, 2015. At 8am sharp. ---------------
Here is some info, enough to get you started. - Your registration info is posted on the Monkey's website AND here: http://www.runningahead.com/events/Monkey/participants. Please take a look to make sure it is correct. - As always, we will not have automatic text messaging of your splits from this race, to be sent to friends and family everywhere. We will not have finish line videos streaming over the web, indexed with your bib number. We will not have cheer squads along the way, with a competition for best spirit and costume. We will not have pace groups. - Packet pickup will likely be at the Gordon JCC on November 21, 2015 between 2pm and 4pm. The JCC is located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN 37148. This is less than 2 miles from the race start/finish area. Packet pickup will also be available race morning adjacent to the starting line. - I have said this many times, and I reiterate. Running is stupid. You cannot train for Monkey. You may as well give up now. - If you do find wisdom while out pretending to train and realize you won't be able to make it to Monkey, please let me know so I can offer your spot to one of the foolish fools on our tribute wait list. - We are always looking for volunteers on race morning AND in the days leading up to the race. So if you know of anybody smart enough not to run who wants to come out and spend a sweltering or freezing morning in the park helping out, please let us know. Volunteers are awesome! - The website lists information about where there is lodging near the race and restaurants where you can dine over the weekend. In addition, if you have further questions, feel free to holler or to put out a query on our message board: http://www.runningahead.com/groups/HHFMM/forum . If you post there, please don't mind the monkey business. - We do still have charity registration spots available. May the Hills be Ever in Your Favor
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.