El Scorcho Dos is done and from my perspective as co-race director, it was a resounding success. Still recovering from being up for 30 hours, so a recap may take awhile. In the meantime, here's some links to what other folks had to say about our midnight jaunt. (I'll update this post with other links as I become aware of them. Feel free to e-mail me with blog posts, articles, etc.)
Byron said -- "Nice race. Thank you to the organizers and all the volunteers for all the hard work."
TexMom said -- "I thought the race was very well organized, great New Balance singlet for the race shirt, lots of post race food and plenty of volunteers. . . . Overall it is a great race if you are up for running at that hour."
Eddie said -- "I just wanted to let you know how much fun I had running ES2. This was my first ultra and... I am now officially ”hooked....” Thanks again for the race—it will always be my first and therefore very special."
dblack1801 said -- "Once again, El Scorcho was a blast! . . . I love El Scorcho and will be back next year. 50K????"
KHS said -- "WOW! This race was FUN! I found my heaven! Running at night, with my music playing in my ears. I LOVED IT! I felt amazing. . . . I have to say, if you like being up at night, this is the race for you! Tons of fun. I can't say enough about how great it was. . . . This is only the second year they have done this race, but it was organized nicely. Lots of wonderful volunteers."
Bad Budha -- "[T]here’s just something about running around with a crowd of people in the middle of the night that lends the whole thing a sort of unique party atmosphere. . . . El Scorcho is a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it."
BWG said -- "The event was well-organized and they had a good idea of how to cater to the running crowd."
GeekGirl -- "This was a nice course, surprisingly well attended and volunteered for a race that starts are midnight."
Just12finish -- "El Scorcho is a first class event.... The volunteers, the course, water stops, food, timing, parking, all worked flawlessly literally in the middle of the night. Ryan, dude - I'll be back next year for sure!"
Welsh Runner -- "I have to say that the organization was spot on - everything was running smoothly, which was an amazing achievement since this race is only in its second year, and has grown up really quickly (they sold out with 400 runners this year)."
5ksandcabernets -- "Great finishing medal. Good support. I'm going to run it again next year."
Kevin said -- "Dude, Just wanted to say that that was an awesome race, absolutely awesome."
Abilene Runner -- "Very good race considering the demanding conditions.... Overall this was a fun adventure like none any of us had experienced. I'll keep this on a list of runs to do again. It was well organized."
Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers -- "This was RAW’s second trip to El Scorcho, and once again, both co-race directors Ryan Valdez and Jason Costantino, along with Jim and James Newsom of the Fort Worth Running Company, the flagship sponsor, did an absolute wonderful job organizing this event. Participants definitely got their money’s worth both in terms of fun and running in extreme conditions."
Pat W. commented -- "You guys put on one heck an event. This was my first ultra (with no marathon exp). Your volunteers were AWESOME!! Not once did they stop cheering."
Page said -- "As a spectator cheering on my daughter I can say the weather was great and the music was great and I really like watching my daughter go by every 28minutes or so."
Derek -- "The first thing I have to say, is that was the hardest thing I have ever done."
Running Through Time -- "It's over, what a run.... Overall this is a nice race. It's different with it's midnight start...."
Abilene Online Reporter News -- "Area runners compete in El Scorcho. Abilenians Andy Blessing and John Ring posted Top 10 finishes Sunday in the 50-kilometer race at the El Scorcho Run in Fort Worth."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- "In order to get their schedules in sync for the midnight jaunt, runners did everything from weeks of late-night training to sleeping late on the day of the race or just taking an afternoon nap. For others, caffeine was a necessity."