“To be or not to be, that is the question.” – Hamlet
A few days later, they updated their post saying they had been contacted by PCTR’s lawyer to stay away from the Rodeo Beach event. Lawyers are involved? Uh, oh. Suddenly, everything seems up the air.
Will the Rodeo Beach event take place on Dec 31st?
Are refunds coming, or does involvement by lawyers signal signs of bankruptcy?
Will PCTR survive?
All eyes are on Dec 31st.
One thing for sure, you can't knock the players in this story for a lack of passion about their sport and community. While Sarah and the PCTR crew find their footing, Michael Popov went on to tackle 140+ mile adventures of his own, Wendell created Coastal Trail Runs, and the Tim's launched Inside Trail Racing. In the face of a DNF, they each found within themselves the strength to press on and flourish in their own way. Their persistence is admirable, and for what it's worth, the trail running community continues to reap the benefits.
Keep moving forward, people. Try to be positive for those that are struggling through the race. The finish line is closer than you think.
[Ed. Update - On Christmas Day, PCTR and Inside Trails announced on Facebook that they reached a contract agreement for the Inside Trails team to manage the Rodeo Beach event on Dec 31st. This arrangement is only for this event. It's nice to see they worked something out. Also, I should note that Jeff Makoff, the legal counsel donating his time to PCTR to help them through their current challenges, offered the following official statement in an e-mail to me:
"The trail running community is aware of the difficulties PCTR has faced recently. We appreciate the extraordinary patience of our loyal friends and followers. PCTR has retained professionals to work through the immediate issues and help formulate a strategic plan for the future. Among the urgent issues are the processing of all refunds for past cancelled races. Please look on our Facebook page for real-time updates and further instructions for refunds. This process is well-underway and we will keep you posted. We wish everyone a great 2012 - and we sincerely apologize for the recent difficulties!"
Jeff went on to mention how they are in sorting out who still needs refunds, and who has already received them through their credit card companies, and how best to process them efficiently. It sounds very positive to me.
I'm hoping to volunteer at Rodeo Beach on the 31st to lend my support. Hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to seeing you.]