Tuesday, December 30, 2008


In lieu of a Christmas gift, Rick was kind enough to tag me.  I'm not a big "tag" fan, but what the heck.....

1. What was your 2008 running highlight and running low?

For me, 2008 was a series of running highs and lows.  I don't know if I can characterize any of the highs/lows as the highest/lowest point of the year.  In fact, none of the low points that I can think of are "low" enough to warrant mention.  I suppose on the highlight side, the following are all worthy of mention : (1) the last minute trip out to Rocky Raccoon 50 with Ira that resulted in a 50-mile PR; (2) the 40 mile trek through Bear Mountain for the North Face Endurance Challenge where I got the opportunity to meet (and spend a ton of time with) Chris, Susan and their G.A.C. crew  (I'd meet up again with Chris, Susan and Lori at Javelina); (3) besting that 50-mile PR by 35 minutes at Pineland Farms 50 in May; (4) all of the crewing and pacing I did this year, including crewing one of my best buddies Bryon Powell at Iroquois Trail 100; and (5) a 26 hour finish at Javelina Jundred 100.

Yet, there is one highlight that I think stands out for me above the others, and that would be the trip to Badwater to crew for Jacki.  It was an amazing experience, and watching Jacki complete the journey in 45:18:19 was thrilling.  I also got the opportunity to spend a ton of time with two of my closest running friends, Meredith and Eddie, as well as get to know new friends Peggy, Paul and "Mad Dog" Mike.  The trip solidified my desire to apply to run Badwater in 2009, and gives me (I think) a leg up in knowing what to expect.

Me, Peggy, Jacki, Meredith, Eddie, Mike (seated), Paul (seated)

2. What race are you secretly planning on doing (or contemplating) for 2009 but haven't made it known to the public....until now.

Secret races ?  None that I am aware of.  A majority of the races I ran in 2008 were spur of the moment decisions, so, I'm sure there are some out there that I'll run in 2009 that I don't even know about yet.

3. Where would you like create and direct an ultra that (to your knowledge) none exists?

Oh, that is easy.  A 100-miler at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, New York.  We have a shortage of east coast 100-milers as it is.  Adding one in my backyard would be fantastic.

4. What is your "primary" race for 2009?

If I get it, it will be Badwater. Otherwise, it would be any one of the 4 100-milers I have on my "tentative" schedule).

5. What is the most exciting thing about your upcoming race schedule?

It is packed full of 100-milers.  Rocky Raccoon, Umstead, Badwater, Grand Tetons, and Javelina.

6. List your planned races for 2009?

Scroll down and take a look on the right side of this site......

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and successfull 2009 !!!


  1. Well, Good God, I just KNEW that one of your highlights would have been meeting ME!! ha Sounds like you had a fantastic year, Tony! And I wish you good luck on your application for Badwater! What an experience that will be!

  2. Oh, that's right....I got to meet some guy who runs naked.

  3. Haha neither am I a big fan of these games but sometimes they make good posts if they are not too long. Wow man that is a lot of 100-milers and that's on top of Badwater. Here's to your health and training for 09. Let's have a good year and laugh about it as we run Javelina.

  4. Wow,

    You had alot of significant accomplishes (I guess I knew that from your right tab bar). And your 2009 calendar looks very impressive! Guess we will meet numerous times starting with Goofy in just over a week.

    So are you ready for Goofy? What about Rocky Raccoon 100?

    I'm ready for Goofy and figure I can fake my way through the Rocky Raccoon 50 miler (I hope;-).

    Happy New Year,


  5. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to make it into Badwater this year. I wrote about my friend Akos's virgin run there in Marathon & Beyond magazine a couple of years ago. I wrote it mainly from his very minimal crew's standpoint, so I certainly understand how much fun -- and work -- it took and why it rated so highly on your list.

  6. Dude you're a freakin animal is all I'm sayin ;-)

  7. happy new year!! Am so jealous you are heading south for the Goofy Challenge...guess what?
    Just heard about a new 100 miler in Central PA in oct 2009 --we need to find out the details of it so we can work it around the Rockefeller 100 plan...lots of planning to do:)))

  8. Best of luck with your race schedule in 2009. Hope to see you at NF 50 Bear Mtn. Maybe Pineland too... Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year Anthony! I have a feeling that we will be swapping Badwater training stories real soon! See you at Rocky!

  10. Thanks for stopping by....good read on your list :)