Wednesday, May 16, 2007

El Scorcho has been featured in the Houston Chronicle's RunHouston section! Here's what they had to say:

An Ultra in Texas in July?

A new ultra. A new marathon. And hopefully soon, we'll be able to share with you news of a new marathon series that is much like the Marathons of Texas.

First, the new ultra. And, yes, I did say in July. It is most appropriately named the El Scorcho Run and it makes its debut in Fort Worth's Trinity Park at midnight, July 15th.

Fort Worth running buddies Ryan Valdez and Jason Costantino asked themselves, "Who has ever run a ultramarathon in a park in the center of a big city, in the middle of a Texas summer, and in the darkest part of the night?"

Until now? Nobody.

"The course is located on a 3.1-mile loop inside beautiful Trinity Park," Valdez said. "Ninety percent of it will take place on a lit, crushed limestone path that meanders through the park and along the banks of the Trinity River."

He added that the course will have virtually no traffic and enjoy plenty of support.

"The three mile loop will allow us to keep an eye on everyone and make sure they are doing great," he added.

The registration fee for the 50K is $40 and the 25K is just $25.

And according to the Fort Worth Running Company's Jim Newsom, who is helping Valdez and Costantino with the event, the response so far has been pretty good.

"We've got about 30 so far and the event is still two months off," said Newsom. "We've had people from as far away as Colorado signing up."

"Most of the ultra clubs have indicated they are going to support our event."

Newsom indicated that Valdez would be listing the entrants on the web site and where they are from so people can get an idea of the field.

"We've having fun getting this event going." he said.

4 comments:

Geoff Williams said...

First, I want to say you have my respect. To enter a marathon is tough enough. To enter one that's called El Scorcho--well, that's just plain scary. Anyway, I'm really writing because of a posting you made a few days ago. A few days ago, I read your blog and saw your posting about the Andy Payne Memorial Marathon that you plan on participating in, and I thought you might be interested to know that there's a book coming out this July about the race from Los Angeles to New York that Andy Payne ran in. (This is some shameless promoting and hucksterism on my part, since I wrote the book.) It was called the Bunion Derby (a nickname that the sportswriters heaped upon it), and since you're an active runner, and running in the Andy Payne Memorial Marathon--well, I thought I'd bring it up. It's not every day I see Andy Payne mentioned in a blog... Anyway, it's called "C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race," and it'll be published by Rodale, out this July 10, if you're interested in learning more about the race. And no matter what, seriously, good luck with El Scorcho. I'm not a runner (I just apparently like to write about runners), and so you have my respect.

afuntanilla said...

i'm just wondering your thoughts on the 3.1 mile loop, over and over. ?

Do you think you will get burnt out on that?

Just12Finish said...

I haven't forgotten about this event. If I get into NYC, I'll strongly consider this run. Sounds like fun in a sadistic sort of way of course.

Addy said...

Sounds like such a cool (and, well, hot) event! If I lived closer (or close at all) I'd be tempted. For now I think it's pretty much just California running for me :)

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