I spend little time on the message boards these days and so didn't know about this thread till SanFran Fun Run buddy Lance Ellingson brought it to my attention yesterday.
Just wanted you to know that if you indeed get some kind of planned run organized up your way in the spring, large or small, I'm in. I've been meaning to get up there and run with you for ages anyway.
The two So. Cal. guys you should definitely e-contact individually when making any plans are Will Oudmayer and, of course, Mike Dory. Both travel up north to the SanFran run regularly, and I'm sure either or both would happily show up for an organized So. Cal. event, given some notice. Tell 'em I sent ya! With either or both of them and their magnificent boats in attendance, you've GOT an event!
I definitely hear you in your frustration in getting something going in these parts. You may recall that a year or two back I put considerable preliminary effort into setting up a So. Cal. event at our city-run community water park here in La Mirada ("Splash!", featuring multiple different-sized pools and a meandering river ride). I figured that if our East Coast pals could regularly run at their local YMCA during the winter months, I ought to be able to get something going out here. Well, "Splash!" management was supportive of the idea at first, but it eventually turned out to be all talk. When it came time to finalize, they insisted we provide some kind of club insurance (expensive stuff and a major nuisance, according to Tim Smalley, whom I'd quickly consulted), and then wanted to charge us ridiculously high usage rates that, even broken down by the hour and spread among all participants, were totally out of the question. (I'd already done a quick poll among local sub drivers, so had a pretty good idea going in what people were willing to pay.) Anyway, no negotiations were allowed so -- poof! -- it all went up in smoke, and I haven't made another attempt since. Pretty darned frustrating, as you well know. And remember, this had been when the park was just opening and was looking for all the publicity it could get; I was convinced we could get the local media to show up to cover our subs -- one hand washing the other, a perfect scenario. But these folks just didn't get it.
So there you have it. Lemme know if you have better luck...
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