My real concern isn't the total number of Slam finishers, but the "buzz" and commitment that each of the individul races has toward the Trail Ultra Grand Slam. All agreed to be part of it and the only real requirement was to give me the race results and be willing to throw in some money for Slam prizes. I'd like each race to advertise the Slam on their registration forms, web sites, and at the start/finish of their events. That hasn't happened as much as I had hoped...yet. With two more races to go, I hope Rock Cut Hobo and Farmdale push the Grand Slam. As an RD myself, I understand all the pulls on an RD...and one extra "Grand Slam" thing to include just pulls you away from your specific race tasks. Maybe with time it'll be second nature to say "Yeah, my race is part of the Illinois Trail Ultra Grand Slam!" I always believe that three years is a good test to see if a race or idea catches on...guess that means I still have 2.5 years to go with this Slam idea.
Let me know if you have suggestions to improve the iTUGS. Advertising? Prizes? Different races? These are the current 4 Grand Slam races:
- Clinton Lake 30-Mile Trail Run
- McNaughton Park 50/100/150 Milers
- Rock Cut Hobo 50K
- Farmdale 33-Mile Trail Run