Crusty Cap exists because running brings me joy and I aim to share this joy with others. Some events are more enjoyable than others, and we aim to create events that you will want to come back to year after year.
I was a fairly successful small-school track & field athlete in high school - emphasis on small school, I would have been mediocre at most other schools in my hometown - and I ran at a few NAIA schools in college. My time as a collegiate runner was riddled with injuries; I was the guy whose workouts indicated that I should be racing better. In other words, I was the one who was described as having potential but not meeting it.
After finally graduating with a degree in mathematics (it only took five years and four different colleges), track & field races turned into road races for me and this eventually evolved into running ultras on the trails. In the last several years, I've learned that the culture around footraces is one that is unparalleled, and Crusty Cap aims to provide this same experience for runners and adventurers of all backgrounds and experiences.
Why "Crusty Cap"?
It's a weird name, I get that. I (almost) always run in a hat. When I started running more miles after college I had one hat in particular that I wore for years. It was a beat up San Francisco Giants hat that I bought at a grocery store and I just loved it. It smelled bad and it was crusted with salt, but I wouldn't run without it. Now, that crusty old cap has fallen apart, but it's memory lives on.