I've been thinking about all the races that have disappeared over the years. Most of them collapsed because the one person willing to work on them stopped having the time to organize them; they grew in popularity, the increased numbers brought new problems and expenses, they declined in popularity but the problems and expenses didn't go anywhere, they died. It's often one small thing that kills a race; for example, the Ed Fitz 100K was done in by traffic concerns in Two Harbors.
I was thinking that for my upcoming birthday, I'd resurrect a race. If it works, perhaps I'd do it every year, a different race each time. The races would be by invitation only, so extremely small-scale, done old school with no trophies, no shirts, no traffic control (which would mean altering most courses), no aid stations for shorter races and minimal entry fee, essentially a "Fat Ass" run done as a race on roads.
I'd like to bring back the Afton Coulee 10K this year, Saturday August 4.
RIP Steve Wilkinson
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