Dear SB 100 runner and active followers
Effective 12:00 am April 27, 2019, the Santa Barbara Endurance Run series of events (SBER Marathons, SB50 and SB100) will officially be canceled, thus beginning the process to cease operations and be permanently dismantled.
I sincerely regret having to make this entirely unexpected and untimely announcement as I am well aware each of you has invested many hours and expense to planning and careful preparations of your training, travel and other logistical matters.
Ultrasignup.com does not typically participate in the refund process. However, Mark Gilligan at Ultrasignup.com has made an exception. Ultrasignup.com will be processing refunds to the account you used to make complete the registration. Refunds will be completed between April 30th – May 3rd, 2019.
My personal journey to create the event began in the summer of 2007 after the US Forest Service agreed to the feasibility of the proposed route and event concept. Shortly after that the Zaca Fire started and stalled permit process for 6 months,hereafter the regional Forest Service underwent a modest staff change which added an additional 9-month delay in the permit issuance process. The first edition of the event was hosted in June 2009. Subsequently, over the next 8 years, five significant forest fires and or weather-related phenomena required substantial alterations of the run event. Three of these fires happened within 90 days of the run event, needless to say, the burden of making alterations to keep the run event on schedule diverted attention from the many other things that I should have been focused on to make sure the run event and the runner realized a safe and memorable event. Throughout the years the feedback from runners was the generally positive and supported the idea to dial in the details and make it a better experience.
As daunting and frustrating as these challenges have been, I (along with a dedicated and resilient group of volunteers) remained relentlessly committed to doing my very best to make it work, no matter the personal time and/or financial investment and sacrifice.
I have come to terms that eventually fate could run its course and something will happen that jeopardizes the welfare of the runners, crew or volunteers, because I neglected to acknowledge that I was trying to achieve something that I cannot adequately provision with the staff, assets and or combination of resources.
I have met and hosted runners from many parts of this beautiful world, I have suffered the frustrations and agony with the many who DNF’d and shared the joy and glory with the many who finished. In closing this chapter in my life, I move on as a kinder, wiser, humble and matured friend, husband, father and business owner,the direct result of these past 12 years of my interactions with each of you,your crews, guests and families.