This weekend will mark the 6th running of the Peacock Ultramarathons! I'm amazed when I think back to the first Peacock 54 (or was it 56?). We had a total of 17 finishers who slid and sloshed through mid-shin deep mud for up to 17+ hours. I still have dents and scratches on my truck from when I tried to get up to the 3-way to set up an aid station, but slid off the road and had to get towed out. If you want to read a couple of nostalgic reports from the HURT blog, check out what Mike and Devon had to say right after that race. Then check out the results from 2008. Pretty amazing stuff!
Over the past 6 years we've gone through a lot. We've shed tears of joy and accomplishment, tears of frustration from being this close to the finish, then getting pulled from the race due to a tsunami; and tears of sorrow after losing friends like Are, Matt, and very recently, George.
You may be asking yourself why I'm so filled with nostalgia? Well, this weekend starts a new chapter in the Peacock story. It's one that never would have happened without the HURT Ohana. I'm so thankful for everyone who got this race off the ground. Gordon, Don, Cheryl, and Larry (and many others) spent more hours than I can imagine getting us to this point. Of course, none of this would have happened without John and PJ, who spent their time and money getting permits, providing for the aid stations, timing the races, and ensuring everything went smoothly while we figured out what this race needed to be.
So as we take this next step in the Peacock story, I want to say thank you to all the HURT ohana for supporting this race. I'm very proud to have played a small part thus far.
As the Race Director, I hope I can fulfill everyones' expectations. As a Stamina Race, I hope Peacock will meet the exceedingly high standards we've grown used to while running H.U.R.T. races.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank you! A thousand times, Thank You!
I'll see you this weekend at Peaock! --Rob