We start with a thank you. When we made the difficult decision to cancel the race, we didn’t know what the response would be. We soon realized that we are surrounded by an amazing community, as supportive Facebook comments, emails, and text messages began to pour in. We did not respond to each individual message, but I promise you that each message was read and made a huge difference to both of us.
Action Required BY SUNDAY, MARCH 22
In the race business, most people understand that by the time we get this close to the race, we have already incurred several sunk costs and spent months working on the event. These are expenses that we can’t roll over to another race. That is the reason that races have a strict no refund policy. However, we also understand that each of you registered for this race in good faith, believing that you would have the opportunity to come out for an amazing event.
We spent a great deal of time yesterday canceling any order that we could (shirts, BBQ) in order to minimize our expenses. We appreciate the support of our fellow small business owners. Their willingness to work with us means that we have the ability to provide a partial race credit.
Read the two options below. YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, MARCH 22.
Option 1: Many of you told us that you want to do a Virtual Run. Thank you! If you choose this option, you will get:
Race shirt—same soft tri-blend as our other race shirts.
Race medal—you’ll be asked to send Strava or GPS data for confirmation.
Blaze Trails hat—we’ll add a hat as an extra thank you!
Mini hand sanitizer spray—yes, we had ordered one for each runner. Just a little extra something for you to carry when you’re running. (Assuming our order comes in.)
By Sunday, April 12, complete your Virtual Run and provide information. More details to follow. Sign up through the Google Form.
If you choose the Virtual Race option, please stay safe. Remember, after a long run, your immunity system will be comprised for up to three days afterwards. Read this article for more information.
Option 2: We will provide a race credit for a future Blaze Trails event, in the amount of 65% of your original registration price. You must complete this request in the Google Form no later than Sunday, March 22. We will not roll over full registrations to next year’s Grasslands.
If you purchased extra meal tickets for family or friends, your full meal ticket purchase will be refunded. (We have contacted Ultrasignup to work through the refund process. We will reach out to you separately.)
If you have friends that didn’t sign up for Grasslands, but they would like to purchase a shirt, share the link with them. We give them the option to order a shirt through the Google Form.
Out of appreciation to our runners, we are extending discount codes for two of our other races.
Six-O Trail Run: Our next race is September 5. Now until March 31, we are offering a 10% discount off all distances. Use the code SixOTrail10 when you register. The race includes a 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon, and Six-Mile event and is held on a private ranch near Cleburne State Park. It’s a beautiful ranch with a great variety of trails.
Lake Murray Endurance Run: Held in nearby Ardmore, OK on October 24 and 25, these are gorgeous trails and an easy drive from DFW and OKC. Run the 100-mile, 100K, 50K, or 25K. We already had discounts in place but will extend them until March 31. Use LMER100 for 25% off the 100-mile or use LMER10off for 10% off any of the other distances.
This was a very difficult decision, but we felt it was important for us to do our part to help flatten the curve and buy time for science to catch up. I personally was not concerned about my own well being, but more about our volunteers, participants and their loved ones that may not have attended the event that are in higher risk groups. Personally, my parents are both over 75, with my father having recently completed treatment for throat cancer. This really hits close to home.
By taking actions, we believe we’ll all get through this faster. Thank you for your understanding.
Chris and Anne Barnwell