Sunday, December 2, 2012

Brocken-Challenge 2013

The tenth edition of the Brocken-Challenge is scheduled to go on 9 FEB 2013.  If you've followed this blog for a bit of time or read up on the Brocken-Challenge you'll know that this is a super event.  The course, friendly atmosphere, field of runners (limited to 150), and charitable objective of the event is simply fantastic.  These factors, combined with the upcoming tenth anniversary contributed significantly to many runner's desire to take part.

For the past couple of months concluding over the course of the last two weeks followers of the Brocken-Challenge have been very excited about the opening of the registration period, 1 DEC 12 - 31 JAN 13.  The event organizers had generated a great deal of excitement through their Facebook Page.  You've got to realize that the event filled to capacity in about twenty hours in December 2011.

This year's registration was scheduled for 1 DEC at 2359.  Yes, way past my bed time, but I decided to stay up to see if I could gain a slot.  I watched a bit of television and did some reading leading up to the witching hour.  At 2355 I was logged on here ready to go...  I watched the clock tick down and hit my F5 to refresh the registration page at 2359ish and go lucky...  The registration template opened; I quickly filled it out and hit "Enter".  Shortly thereafter I got a confirmation e-mail with my registration confirmation.

On a lark I remained on-line within FB.  At 0010, Frank and Aschu posted that the 2013 Brocken-Challenge was full.  An unbelievable eleven minutes!  Yes, you read that correctly - 11 MINUTES!!  Amazing!!!  I was thrilled to have secured a spot, but saddened to see so many of my running friends and acquaintances not make it in.

As a consolation, a Waiting List has been established.  As of mid-day on 2 DEC there are fifty people on the list...  

2013 is going to be a great running year!

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