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Syd Long – Never a Dull Moment at the Never Summer 100K – UltraRunning Magazine
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Thanks for the great event yesterday. It was obvious that you put a lot of imagination, creativity and hard work into the course. It was pretty magical – especially up high. Very different and an overall adventure. Great work!
Thanks again for a truly wonderful experience this past weekend! I personally thanked one of you the next day at the awards ceremony, but I dont think I have ever (or will ever again) encounter a race that was SO incredibly well organized and supportive. The aid station crews, the volunteers, etc etc… everyone was so extremely wonderful, proactive, and helpful. Thanks especially for offering such a wonderful variety of foods, including the vegetarian options. I have been in other races that are total losers compared to yours, so: huge congrats to pulling this off and my gratitude for all the everyone put in!
As a botanist, I also find it hard to come up with a better idea for a parting gift than a lodgepole pine cookie, emblazened with the logo – wow! And those axes were amazing… you guys are super awesome and creative!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work last weekend. It crossed my mind more than once while I was out there how difficult it must be to put on such an event yet everything was seamless and magical. Impressed! I not once wondered where I was or which way to go.
Thank you Gnar for putting on such a fantastic race. That course is intensely beautiful, and I’ll never forget that moment of popping out of the woods at Lake Agnes and stopping dead in my tracks and saying out loud “Wow!” I can’t wait to come back.
It was a real privilege to be able to come back and run Never Summer 100k again. I had an awesome time out there. I fully intended to make mental notes to share with you after the race, but.. there’s nothing to share. You guys did an amazing job with your execution. I know how hard the work is and you guys do it well. I appreciated it.. and so did all the other runners.
LOVED the LED lights (But I’d hate to be the one to tape all those to clothespins)
The course marking from beginning to end was top notch awesome. I never had to think or questions at all.
The aid stations were great, and well stocked. I liked the stations later on as the offerings got much better the later into the race we got.
You guys did awesome and are awesome. I look up to your example of leadership and wish you well the rest of this year.
~ John LaCroix
Thanks so much for putting on an amazing race! The Never Summer 100k was my last Colorado adventure before being forced to move to Richmond, VA for medical school. It did not disappoint! This was by far the toughest race I’ve run but also the most scenic. I seriously can’t thank all the volunteers and organizers enough. This was truly an amazing experience! Hope to see you next year!
~ Justin Rieder
Thanks for an awesome race at the Never Summer 100k last weekend. My husband (Doug) raced and I worked at the Clear Lake aid station until he came through, then paced him in.
It was a great day. Our aid station came together under Rob’s gentle direction and worked like clockwork. It was fun taking care of the runners and keeping track of them with Bill the ham radio guy.
Doug and i met up with a buddy (Kevin) just after the Canadian aid station and hiked it in with him, so we had time to enjoy the LED lights. They were perfectly placed so as soon as I’d start worrying that we were lost, I’d catch sight of the next light.
Thanks again for an awesome race!
I just wanted to say that was an awesome race! The scenery was spectacular and the trails were superb.
It was great to see the way Colorado state parks actively supported this event. From check in to finish they were there exuding a welcoming and helpful presence.
The aid station crews were all on top of it and the trail food was just what I needed throughout the day and night. It was also very reassuring to see Search and Rescue standing by the next day and to hear that they had been playing with their night vision drones during the night of the race. It was even more reassuring to hear that they didn’t get a chance to search for anyone! Nice work marking the trails, the ribbons were spaced well and I never had more than a few minutes of doubt before I saw the next confidence ribbon.
The post race meal hit the spot and beers were ice cold. I couldn’t ask for a better trail ultra experience, well done to all that put this on! You guys nailed it!
~ Aaron Phillips
It was my 2nd ultra in two weeks. I paced at the TRT the weekend prior. Never summer was my A race. I just want to say my experience was that of a spiritual one! It was the hardest running event I have ever been apart of. Everything was amazing and I will be back next year! I need to best my time now. Thank you Gnar Runners for the mind body and soul change.
~ Nathaniel Lerma
The Never Summer 100K was superb, well-organized, provided awesome views and a little bit of everything, and was made complete with super-helpful-smiling-happy-terrific volunteers and HAM radio operators at every aid station and points in between. Thank you so much for a great race and for top-notch volunteers!
Well, it’s been two days since the race and call me crazy but I can’t’ wait for next year’s event! Holy shit was that thing wicked bad. It took these past couple of days for things to really sink in.
Thank you so much for organizing the most amazing experience of my ultra-running career. I really appreciate all the work you guys put in to pull that off.
Nick, I seen you at Agnes and I could say was “WOW!”
You and your team did a phenomenal job with all aspects of this inaugural event. Everything was organized and well communicated. Just like every GNAR race I have ever done.
I hope this race continues for years to come.
Ran the Never Summer 100k. AWESOME course. Hard, rugged, gorgeous. Everything I look for. The volunteers were plentiful and VERY helpful/knowledgable. The RDs work on crafting and executing this event was top notch. Highly recommend.
~ John Paul Lacroix