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

We are days away from the Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run and final event of the Leadman  Race Series slated for August 20, 2022.  If and when the time comes to toe the starting line, it will signify a mountain marathon, 50 mile trail run (Silver Rush), a 100 mile mountain bike, and a Sunday 10k have been completed in the books within a two month timespan.  This challenge is known as the Leadman Challenge and it takes place each year in Leadville, Colorado.

This is the third year of 100 Friends For 100 Miles campaign to raise money for a cause inspired by a 100 mile alpine trail run.  As the slogging of miles in an ultramarathon adds up, so have the results of our fundraising efforts.  

Past Performances –

2019 – Bighorn Trail 100 raised over $10,000 with donations provided to the widow of a fallen New Mexican firefighter and an adolescent cancer survivor of leukemia.

2021 – Silverton Ultra Campaign raised $22,410 paid directly to the CNM Foundation.  Resulted in 12 students receiving scholarships with no strings attached.  Please take the time to read up on these student stories in the 2022 Campaign to understand how this effort can pay it forward and plant seeds of hope and optimism not for a future generation, but the NOW.  

2022 – Leadville 100 / Leadman Challenge is slated to build on the 2021 campaign and raise over $30,000 to directly benefit CNM Foundation.

This 100 Friends campaign is intended to bring a renewed opportunity and support to fellow New Mexicans. Particularly those who have met financial hardship in the past that have been unable to pay tuition. These hardships have limited their ability to pursue higher educations and life skills. The 2022 Run It Back” campaign will wipe the slate and get students back in school while making past due accounts current. Once these accounts are current, students can get back in class and use this as a catalyst to further their professional and personal lives.

I hope you will join me in raising money for the CNM Foundation that will benefit numerous lives and have a trickle down effect to all parts of our state and society.  Donations from this site link up directly to the CNM Foundation donor page. 100% of your donation goes to the CNM Foundation with no money going elsewhere. 

Here’s to the Race Across The Sky in 2022.

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