Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 Orcas Update #1 (reposted)

For those of you who did not already get this here it is:

hello everyone

it's amazing how much and how fast this run has grown in just 4 years-- we had just 67 runners our first year and now we'll have more than 250 this year. it definitely has a lot to do with the amazing trails moran state park has to offer! the entrants and lodging lists can be found at our blog along with all kinds of info about orcas and all our other races and services:

there is only one way to get into the race if you're not already in and that is to come out saturday jan 31 st to moran state park and join us for a trail work party. I'm making an exception to 250 runner limit for folks who make it to the trail party. all the details are also on the blog.

i'm asking all of you to carpool for three reasons: it'll save you money, it reduces our environmental impact, and there's very limited parking at the start. for example it costs 1 person 32 bucks to take their car on the ferry but with two people it's only 43 or three people 54, etc so you can really save some dough. and the parking situation last year was pretty bad and that was with only 200 runners so this year could be a nightmare... you can use the blog to organize carpools by using the comment function on the carpool blog entry at:

as always the orcas fat ass has been about fun, before during and after. Friday nite starting around 6pm we'll have the dvd player and tv setup again for the "RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL" (bring your favorite running movies) and new this year "BOARD GAME OLYMPICS" (bring your favorite board games). also friday nite you can get a sneek preview of saturdays live entertainment at the lower tavern in eastsound. Southern Skies, a four piece band from olympia will be performing for us at camp moran on saturday sometime after the run(2 of the band memebers will also be running in the 25k!) as well as friday nite at the bar starting at 9pm. Also on saturday after you finish running we'll again have homemade soup, cookies and good beer! you might want to bring your own beer glass-- the only glasses we'll have there are pretty small.

also we want to let you know about our newest race the sun mountain 50k/25k/10k/1k(kids only) which will be held saturday april 11th on trails on the eastern (read SUNNY!) edge of the north cascades in the methow valley. information about this race and orcas and the cle elum 50k (which we will be taking over from chris and marty fagan) can be found at our blog/temporary website:

ok that's enough beta for now. i'll send out more updates as we get closer to race day.