Pete Mingoa, a 43 year old local runner, suddenly and unexpectedly passed-away from a brain aneurysm in October 2012. Pete finished his first 100 miler at the 2012 Run de Vous race held on this very course. Pete touched the hearts and souls of so many of us. He will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, his support, his enthusiasm, his accomplishments, his finish line jump and, most importantly, for his love of his wife and daughters.
Run D'Amore stands for a Love for Running or, in this case, a Run for Love. We will continue to honor Pete and his memory. As part of this, we are opening up a relay division. But this relay will be special. First, there will only be one entry. Second, there is no limit on the number of people that join the relay team.
The relay will have one race number. Each relay member will take that number and wear it as they run the course. At the end of the race cut-off, all miles will be added together and the relay team (Pete) will be awarded the mileage.
Very unique, runners who are entered in our races 5 other distances may also be a member of this relay. You simply wear the relay race bib with you as you run your own race. You keep the miles you run, but the relay also gets credit for the miles you run. We will have a board set up where runners will enter their Relay miles after they turn in the relay bib for the next runner. We invite all of you runners to run with the relay bib at least one loop of your run - and even if you are not entered in any of the 5 distances, we invite Pete's family, friends and others to take part. The total number of relay miles run will then be awarded to Pete so that, even now, he can continue in his quest to reach Titanium Level (http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/criteria.html). (Update: Pete reached titanium status thanks to everyone's help. However, we are still hosting this relay to keep his memory alive in all of us :)
If you would like to take part in this special relay, please send an e-mail to RD's: Rajeev at Rajeevtherunner@yahoo.com and Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pete - you will be with us with each step we take.