Day 0

Just under one year from now, on June 6th, 2015, I will direct the Rim Job 50, an ultramarathon located in beautiful Chico, California. That journey begins today…

Okay, that is probably a bit of poetic license. The idea for this race has been rattling around in my mind for the better part of a year. However, there is one difference: today I begin telling the story and making the idea a reality.

The motivation for this blog is very simple. I’m a runner with no experience as a Race Director. As such, I’m going to have to learn a lot in order to put on a successful race. I will seek out all sorts of tips, tricks and advice. I’ll have some amazing successes, and some colossal screw-ups. And I’ll record it all here for posterity. Just think of me as your little black box for directing a trail race.

My goal will be short, frequent posts with small updates of my progress and nuggets of wisdom that I may have picked up along the way. I’ll supplement this with longer posts on specific topics where it’s appropriate. I will of course be making full use of all the information put together from other sources on the web, and I will link to any and all high-quality external resources.

Welcome, and thanks for coming along for the ride!

6 thoughts on “Day 0

  1. Leslie Ames

    Two questions: (1) 50k or 50 miler, (2) where in Chico is the race/what’s the course? Thanks, and good luck! Leslie

  2. Jason Donnell

    Hi Leslie,

    I am planning for a 50 mile and marathon distance options (I was actually just sitting down to write about that!). I’ll be posting more details of the course as I work to get the permit. It will be in Upper Bidwell and have one loop that includes the North Rim trail, and another loop that includes South Rim.

    Thanks for your interest and I hope to hear from you again.

    1. Leslie Ames

      I live in Eureka and am very interested in what you’re doing. I run most of my races down in the Bay Area, so I will be very interested to see what you have going to the east of us. June in Chico?? I’m guessing things could be tad warm. 🙂

      1. Jason Donnell

        I’m hoping it will be a little closer to average (in the 80s), but it could definitely be interesting if it’s like this year and into the triple digits. Lots of ice for sure. 🙂

  3. Cheryl

    I’m just undergoing this process myself, but I’ve given myself an extra year! July 2016. Looking forward to reading this all!!


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