Online registration hits the Internet this Friday, February 1, 2008!!!!!
For those you don't yet know, I am a co-founder and co-race director of El Scorcho, a ridiculously foolish endurance run that takes place at midnight in Fort Worth, Texas in the middle of the summer.
Because we're so nice, we give you a choice--run 25 km or 50 km. That's 15.53499 miles or 31.06999 miles. We like to think of the two distances as La Scorchita and El Scorcho. But really, it's up to you. Both of them take a certain fortitude. Or stupidity. You make the call.
Here's some more info about the race:
El Scorcho takes place during the hottest part of the year. July. We apologize for last year's mild 80 degree temps. Hopefully, a heat wave will roll into town and drive the mercury up this year. Cause we want you to get your money's worth. If you plan to be out there awhile, you should know that the run starts at midnight and ends at 7 a.m. If you want your race time to be official, you've got to finish by then. And if you're not that fast... no worries, amigos. The run takes place in a city park, and runners who haven't finished by 7 a.m. may keep running. We may even leave out some tequila for you. But most support will be packed up at that time.
El Scorcho takes place in Trinity Park, Fort Worth, Texas. The course is located on a 3.1 mile loop. The course is a mix of crushed limestone, asphalt, the occasional concrete sidewalk, a couple of foot-bridges, and a basketball court. About half the course is lit at night by streetlamps, but as last year's entrants can attest, the lights don't always work, and it can get awfully dark at some parts. But hey--what do you expect? It's a midnight run. Bring a headlamp, a flashlight, or night goggles if you're worried.
Why run El Scorcho? Because it strokes our egos to have a bunch of crazies come out and run our race. Because a marathon is only the beginning. Because toenails are overrated. Because pain is enlightening.
Also, technical shirts will be given to all participants. 25 km and 50 km finishers will receive finisher's medals. 50 km finishers will also get something special. Last year, it was a commemorative El Scorcho star. Not sure what it'll be this year. But you'll like it. Or you won't. Either way, you'll have an endurance run under your belt.
Oh, and all proceeds from El Scorcho benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In that regard, the Team in Training folks will be out again in full force to encourage the runners throughout the night.
And finally, make sure to visit our flagship sponsor, Fort Worth Running Company. FWRunCo's owners, James"Six Pack" Newsom and Coach Jim "J-Money" Newsom are two stone-cold running geniuses who agreed to help us put together this insane jaunt through the night.
So register early and often, amigos.
Vaya con Dios.