Nov. 24, 2016

Dear Pistol Ultra Entrant,

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are enjoying time with friends and family.

We are super excited that you are joining (or returning to) The Pistol Ultra family! In just over 5 weeks, you will be rocking the race course on the Alcoa/Maryville Greenway Trail in Alcoa, TN. Woo-hoo! This is the first of several email blasts I'll be updating you with.

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT!!! You need to immediately log into your USU account and select your casual and tech shirt and hoodie sizing. We just made some sizing changes, SO IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU DO THIS BY THIS COMING SUNDAY EVENING (Nov 27)! On Monday, we will be sending the final sizing info to our vendor. You can make these selections via your history link when logged in. There is also an edit link on your receipt. Please contact USU if you have any questions or need assistance.

The Pistol party is almost full. There are just a few open spots. Have you told all your peeps, yes everyone? We don't want anyone to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime New Year's eve party!

Also, we have a Facebook Group page. It's a great place to ask questions and share info:

This event would not be possible without all our incredible volunteers. It is essential that there are enough of them to help deliver an outstanding experience for all the runners. Right now we need LOTS of help. PLEASE encourage your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, Facebook friends, cashiers at the store, tellers at the bank...well, you get the idea. All volunteers get some really cool swag too! Here's the link to sign-up: A big thanks!

Have you signed up for the Friday afternoon workshop? One of the most storied ultramarathon legends, Lazarus Lake, will be presenting a 1.5 hour ultramarathon workshop starting at 2:30 PM. This is an incredibly cheap chance for you to learn from one of the best.

If you are NOT coming to the runner check-in and pre-race meeting on Friday, Jan. 1st, you may want to reconsider. There will be essential info at the meeting, a contest, lots of cool door prizes, and other fun stuff. Most importantly, you won't want to miss Lazarus Lake, our keynote speaker. He will have a few of his books and DVD's available for purchase along with a meet-n-greet time from 4-5 PM Friday.

If you originally didn't purchase the Friday evening $10 pasta dinner ticket when you registered, but have now decided to,do that now so we can have an accurate count for the food/drinks, and most importantly, desserts! ;-) Don't wait and depend on the limited supply of meal tickets available for purchase at check-in as they may be gone. Here's the link:

Check this out! Have you heard about the Pistol contest (for registered runners only) at the pre-race meeting? This is a single leg squat where the contestant is totally balanced on one leg, and without any balancing aids (or any other part of their body touching anything), lowers themselves from a standing position down to where the bearing leg is bent OVER 90 degrees. (The other leg and both arms are extended straight forward). Then they raise themselves back up to a standing position. This is one rep. Easy, right?? Might want to try one, or two. So...whoever (both male and female) can do the most reps successfully, non-stop in 2 minutes, will win their race entry fee back in cash, on the spot! Are you ready to bring it?

There will be a gently used gear swap table in the mini-expo area. Bring any good, clean, running related donations you may have to bless others with. Even if you don't bring anything, be sure to check the table out. You might score something you've been needing.

OK, that's it for now. We'll be updating you several more times as things get closer. Prepare to have a great experience at The Pistol Ultra Run. It's gonna be epic!

Train Smart!
Will Jorgensen, RD
The Pistol Ultra Run