The Why & The Allure 100 Friends + 100 Miles

The Why & The Allure

Thank you for joining me on the 2024 – 100 Friends for 100 Miles campaign. The goal for 100 Friends for 100 Miles is to encourage runners to utilize the allure, gravity, and intrigue of running 100 miles and bring awareness and betterment to their local communities.

It is often asked why run 100 miles? It’s a question that generates a personal answer.

For me, the journey began in 2006, when I was introduced to ultra-running thru a dear friend and mentor. He described the ultra running distances and adventures of which he had completed. None being more interesting than the famed Leadville 100, known as The Race Across the Sky. The mere thought of attempting a task of this magnitude seemed too daunting. After digesting what he had done, I believed I would not and could not ever do that. But when those words, came out, deep down I felt a “what if” feeling and at that moment a seed began to grow.

By 2018, a hefty twelve years had passed since learning of the 100 mile distance. I had done several iron distance triathlons and road marathons. It was time to toe the line at Leadville. It was a magnificent day. I earned a coveted belt buckle and completed the course under the cutoff and final shotgun blast of 30 hours. I was paced, crewed, and supported by friends and family who braved the night in freezing rain and cold to run, crew, and provide soul lifting support to get me to the finish. 28 Hours and 46 minutes later, I was able to go “buckle shopping” and had completed the 100 mile distance.

Since Leadville -2018, I have earned buckles at Rocky Raccoon 100 -2019, Bighorn 100-2019, Silverton Ultra 100-2021, Completed Leadville’s Leadman Series -2022, Rocky Raccoon -2024. Bighorn was the first foray for a 100 Friends campaign and Bighorn gave me over 30 hours on my feet. To date we have raised over $60,000.00 for charitable causes. In 2024, we break through $100,000.00 raised with 100 Friends.

There are only two things that are bound to happen during a 100 mile effort. First, it is not if but when your race plan falls apart and things don’t go as planned. It ain’t going to happen like you want, no matter how thorough the preparation is. The second, is that you are certain to encounter physical pain, self doubt, sleep deprived fatigue, and a desire to just quit and have it stop. These things become external and internal for the runner. But with the darkness, so follows the light. You embrace the meaning of a day and it’s full cycle. – every second of it. Time seems to evaporate around you and all that exists is the task at hand. – the now These are lessons of life itself. They become condensed into a 30 hour period (more or less) and you are given the opportunity to live and thrive. These moments are when you learn that “this too shall pass” and improves one’s ability to have awareness. For these reasons, I run ultra.

The Ask Run It Back 2024

The 2024 Ask

The Ask – $50,000:

I want to extend a big, heartfelt thank you for visiting 100 Friends For 100 Miles.  It will take tremendous support to achieve my fundraising goal by August 17, 2024.  I hope you’ll join in and support Special Olympics New Mexico for this endeavor.  I have been fortunate enough to attend Special Olympics competitions and events and personally get to know some Special Olympics athletes.  Our world would be a better place if every human witnessed their resolve and demeanor.  To see their grit, effort, and determination is contagious.  It’s these qualities one needs to power through an ultramarathon.  

It’s an important and vital necessity that Special Olympics New Mexico continues to provide sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID).  As New Mexicans, I challenge us to band together and support each other to not only maintain the current programs offered by Special Olympics New Mexico but GROW the opportunities and programs offered.  I assure you that any and all contributions to this campaign will remain in New Mexico to directly support our local Special Olympics athletes and programs. 

The 100 Friends for 100 Miles campaign goal in 2024 is to raise $50,000 via direct contribution to Special Olympics New Mexico.  The funds raised will directly support our fellow New Mexicans with disabilities by increasing their opportunities and participation in Sport.  In addition to purchasing sports equipment, the dollars raised will directly support Special Olympics programs in some of the rural and underserved areas of New Mexico who were deeply impacted by Covid-19.

At each Special Olympics competition, athletes recite their oath during the opening ceremony: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Thank you for joining me as I embrace this principle to complete the iconic Leadville Trail 100 in support of Special Olympics New Mexico!

The 2024 Campaign The difference we make

The Campaign

Special Olympics New Mexico

Special Olympics New Mexico provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Today, Special Olympics New Mexico serves more than 3,200 athletes, offering training and competition in 12 sports. 

“When Adam first came to us and told us about running 100 miles to support our athletes, I could barely grasp the magnitude of what it would take to run 100 miles.  I wondered about the level of courage it would require, not knowing how many or what kind of obstacles there might be while running that distance. I wondered about pushing yourself physically and mentally past the point of fatigue, to the point of wanting to quit but fearful of what that failure would mean.  

And then, I started to think about our Special Olympics athletes and the courage they muster every single day as they face challenges. Challenges relating to disabilities, challenges when people tease them, don’t understand them, don’t value them, don’t include them or don’t invite them.  Despite these challenges, Special Olympics athletes muster the courage to put themselves out there, walk the halls of their schools, search for places that will hire them, and make decisions to learn and compete in sports.  Each time I am with Adam I see how much he respects our athletes and how important it is to him that they have opportunities in Sport to–like Adam–meet their challenges head on.  Special Olympics New Mexico is honored to call Adam our friend.”

Randy Mascorella,
Executive Director, Special Olympics New Mexico