22 March 2014 the 26th Running of the HAT Run
26 years of earth under our feet!
Phil Anderson is the co-founder of the HAT Run (the A in HAT) and a 20-plus year veteran of running ultras. He served as the president of our local running club for nearly 10 years. Phil celebrated his fifth-year anniversary of surviving a stroke, a month after the 2007 HAT Run. Phil has focused his attention on stroke awareness and fund raising for the National Stroke Association. He has established a new 5K race in our area to draw attention to the impacts of stroke, recovery and life after. Phil has a webpage on firstgiving.com for those interested in making a donation. Phil is back into running and has recently completed a number of ultras.
Phil has also been featured in a made-for-TV movie for public televison on stroke survival. The title of the film is "Marathon" and production began in March 2009. The film debuted this year and we had a special showing at Phil's local watering hole. Check out the Wherl Productions website for more information.
Tim Gavin is now the co-director since Phil retired. Tim and I continue to strive for an event that is both accessable to first-time ultra runners and a challenging (read as fun) early season training run for veterans. We had great coverage in the July/August Trail Runner Magazine, and we feel special thanks to both runner/author Barry Lewis for the article and runner/photographer Geoffrey Baker for the photos.
Our goal is to ensure we keep the cost of the race down, the level of race premiums up, and that early entrants get the size they select. This year, our cost to use the state park and the Steppingstone Museum has gone up.
Every year, it is good to see past entrants and the new faces, as well. We are seeing a new generation of runners entering the sport. Many have only run in high-tech fabrics and don't know of the days when a versatile ultra shirt was a long sleeve cotton dress shirt - roll up the sleeves if you get hot - with a button down collar, of course.
We hope you will come and enjoy the run in 2014!