I would imagine that at this point a lot of people are wondering whatever happened to the 23rd race – and if you aren’t you damn well should be! Well here is the real story. When I first started volunteering at the race I wondered to myself what year the race hadn’t been held. In case you aren’t a geek like me you basically subtract current year from start year and add 1 to get the number of years … just hang in there. So 2015 (last year) minus 1993 (first year) = 22 + 1 = 23 years but yet it was the “22nd” annual. Now we could have let this continue on forever and aside from the Einsteins in the crowd no one would have lost any sleep over it. But, and its a BIG Butt, we are approaching the 25th year of the Haliburton Forest Trail Races (2017) and clearly that is cause for a special celebration. Something had to be done! I MIGHT have given Helen a glass of wine and convinced her that this needed to be resolved this year. So we are going from 2015 – 22nd (anniversary – not annual) to 2016 – 24th (annual – not anniversary) so that for 2017 all confusion will be removed and we can all sleep well and celebrate the 25th annual occurrence of the Haliburton Forest Trail Race in 2017 with no reservations. (for the record I personally do not know what year the shift occurred)
But, you ask, what about your complete collection of t-shirts?? What the hell are you supposed to do about the 23rd t-shirt?? Well if enough people care we will be placing a special order of the “missing year” 23rd “annualversary” t-shirts. And for once colour won’t be a mystery … it’ll be tie-dye! It will be preorder only so watch for the opportunity to order or email email@example.com to be notified when the order deadline is.
And while I have your attention I would like to point out that there is a very strong possibility of a course change for the 26th year so anyone who wants to be sure of running the current course had better do so either this year or at the 25th annual in 2017.