A random idea spawned during a late night drinking session turned into one of the more amazing things that pullharder has ever done. Pullharder is nothing if not a nexus of pushing limits while having fun. We know how to push our limits, but it's often difficult to inspire others to push theirs. Well, doctor it happened during our First Annual Pullharder Marathon! We organized a race starting and ending at the house down in the beautiful Penasquitos Canyon that consisted of 10k, pregnancy 10 mile, and marathon distances. Non-runners trained, and participated, in the shorter distances, we had friends and coworkers run their first 10k ever, _______, and Shay trained hard and ran his first marathon! Race day found us up at 6am preparing for the crowds we knew were coming: The days leading up to the race we had a ballooning of participants to the point that Roberto had to alter the website we used for sign up to fit more people! 7am people started trickling in through the garage. I was there manning check-in with a spreadsheet assigning participants numbers, figuring out which distance they were running, and handing them a pen and saying, "Have the most attractive person here write your number somewhere on your body." Only one person asked me...
As 8am approached, we started funneling people out onto the driveway. Andre was waiting with his camera and captured one of the most entertaining pictures of the entire event! We got all 50 race participants in the driveway doing the pullharder pose!!! AWESOME!
Roberto, Toby, Shay and I brainstormed, threw e-mails back and forth, and ideas were spawned. It was a perfect synthesis of ideas. Toby perfected the course, Roberto worked his contacts and designed the kick ass t-shirts, Shay____, and I came up with the slip n slide finish. We had friends volunteer their time and donate prizes. Thanks Kam for donating the LG phones and bluetooth headsets, Shayda for donating some passes to the amazing Mesa Rim climbing gym, Amy for bringing us a free keg of Stone IPA, and Roberto for lining up passes to Aqua Adventures. Ian, Alicia, and Andre helped us prepare the house, Ian also helped race day in various capacities including as our excellent BBQ chef, Andre was our awesome photographer (see more of his work here), Kristi handled our marathon runner's food table, Alicia decorated the house, and Rick ended up taking a photos for us as well. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event such a huge success! Most weekends you can find the pullharder crew suffering in the high Sierras, pharm fighting their way up big walls or training…hard! However, stuff one weekend a year we take a break to meet up with friends from all over the country and enjoy ourselves. It just so happens that our idea of a good time is a costume party/BBQ 160 feet off the deck.
Thank you Tanna Barker for this great shot! http://www.tbarkerphotos.com
The 5th annual Intersection Rock BBQ was a huge success due to a lot of hard work from many people! For that we thank you.
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Thank you and we hope to see you next year!