It's set, Rob "Rattler" Hester and I will be running back to back 12 Summit runs on Tiger Mt. this coming weekend. "King" Arthur will be with us on the night run and Shawn Lawson will join us on the daytime run for the second out and back. Both Arthur and Shawn wanted to make the whole run with us but they have big races coming up soon and need to stick to their training plans. We may have one other runner who is a friend of Rob with us on the second 12 summits but they are not yet confirmed.
Rob called me tonight and left a really weird message on my answering machine. He was talking like he was giving me a secret password by saying "The rabbit is a go, the rabbit is live"! I returned his call and asked him what the hell he was talking about he replied that he may as well act crazy if he was going to start doing crazy things like 24 summits.
The run distance is 68 -70 miles depending on where we have to park with an elevation gain of 21,000 feet. Arthur will be of great value on the night run for navigation on the complex trails we need to follow. Shawn will also help with navigation but hopefully will provide some Shepard skills as well keeping us from wandering off course.
As usual this run would not be possible without some great running friends and a supportive running wife. Frankly running the 12 summits section alone at night is just too dangerous. One bad fall or wildlife encounter and the fun would end quickly. By wildlife I mean bear, cougar, or similar carnivores. I thought I'd qualify in case you were thinking parties, strip clubs, and fast cars.
I'm looking forward to this adventure. I'll let you know how it turns out!
I hope that all of you enjoy your upcoming weekend runs and races!