Only on St. John do cancelled events actually happen… 🙂
As you may know, the 22nd annual 8 Tuff Miles road race was scheduled for this Saturday at 7:15 a.m. Due to the hurricanes, Peter Alter, the race director, decided it was best to cancel the actual event. But you know what? Peter happens to be going on a run this Saturday, the date of the “cancelled” 8 Tuff Miles event. That run happens to start at 7:15 a.m. behind the National Park Visitor’s Center just like the “cancelled” 8 Tuff Miles event would have. And Peter happens to be running 8.38 miles from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, which happens to be the exact course of the “cancelled” 8 Tuff Miles event. Oh, and he’s asking anyone who is interested to join him. But we need to stress that 8 Tuff Miles has been “cancelled.” 😉
So as you can see, there will be a “cancelled” 8 Tuff Miles event happening Saturday, and we encourage you all to join us. Again, Peter will be running from behind the National Park Visitor’s Center to Coral Bay. Since the ball field is now the site of a temporary dump out in Coral Bay, he will finish on the roadway near Indigo Grill.
(Random fact about Peter: He and I are from the same hometown in Connecticut … small world!)
If you happen to join Peter this Saturday for a run, please bring your own water. We will have a handful of “cancelled” and “unofficial” water stations along the way, but we will be acting more like cheerleaders than actual water stations. Students from Gifft Hill School will be located at the old St. John Rescue building. The Animal Care Center will be staffing un unofficial station just before mile two at the Water Catchment trail. Friends of the Park will be at the BVI overlook, and the Coral Bay Greeters will be at Chatueau Bordeaux.
I will be at mile 8 along with some friends, so please stop and see us!
But again, because we are not official water stations, we ask that you not throw your garbage along the side of the road during your run. Also, the roadway will not be closed so be aware of traffic and stay as far to the left as possible.
Because this race is cancelled, the bathrooms at the beginning of the race will be closed. There also will not be a truck to carry your belongings from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, nor will there will taxis waiting to bring you back. So you are responsible for getting your belongings to Coral Bay and yourself home. There will not be an awards ceremony as that was “cancelled” too, but we hear that there may be a group of people gathering at Mongoose and The Tap Room just as they would have in previous years. 😉
Participants of this “cancelled” event are asked to bring cash as many of the restaurants in Coral Bay will be opening early to accommodate Peter’s friends who happen to be running alongside him Saturday morning.
All of this sounds pretty good for a cancelled race, doesn’t it??
Oh and one last thing – if you are not interested in running but are on island, we encourage you to set up shop somewhere on Centerline Road and cheer on these folks. Thanks everyone and I hope to see you Saturday!