Chucklehead UPdate: Aussie Borders CLOSED! The Woodenbong 105k Ultra

Friends! Hello, hello. Great to be checking in with you all, as always. I hope everyone is enjoying life out there and experiencing great moments! I’m going to make it short and sweet here today because let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for the “BS”.

This Saturday, August 15th, is the 105k Scenic Rim Ultra Marathon in Gold Coast, Australia. I’ve been planning on running in this race for about 2 months now and have been training over a year for this event. Due to the long list of “compulsory gear” that I wasn’t expecting I would be required to have, I made a GoFundMe about two weeks ago. And guess what? You guys showed up! Thank You to all of you beautiful people out there who have joined me on this experience and contributed to this journey! For REAL! It was so humbling seeing everyone’s donations coming through. Even though we didn’t reach the goal of which was set, all of the support was and still is SO MUCH APPRECIATED. With the donations, I was able to get almost all of the compulsory gear lists (yes lists) crossed off. So for that, THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH.

Now the unfortunate news…

A couple days ago, The Australian Government closed Queensland’s border. Queensland is a state in Australia where the race is being held. I’ve been informed by the race director that anyone not living in Queensland, will not be able to compete in The Scenic Rim Ultra this year. I live 2 hours from the border in the state of New South Wales. I was completely devastated when I heard this news a couple days ago. I cried. I got angry. Basically for 15 minutes I had a little pitty party for myself, feeling so sorry for how hard I’ve been training and working to run in this race. But, that got me nowhere. So, I stopped.

That moment gave me a great time to reflect on why I wanted to run in the race in the first place. And this is what I came up with…

I made it a goal of mine, a few months ago, to run 100k in one day. I entered in The Scenic Rim Ultra because I figured it would make it a little easier to complete that goal because of the perks that a race provides. Aid stations, medics, and the comradery of the other runners and spectators really can help one’s drive to keep going when out on the course. Not to mention the cool cowboy hat that you get if you finish! But, what I really want to say here is, the race was not my goal, running 100k is.

So, that’s what I’m going to do.

With the donations and support from all you beautiful people I have been able to supply myself with the necessary safety gear that it takes to run 100k in the Australian forests and trails. So, simply put, that’s what I’m going to do. For the past two days, I’ve been searching all over the web for running trails in New South Wales and asking all the locals in town if they know of any areas that I may be able to do this event. And I’ve found the perfect spot. Well, at least I believe. It’s in Woodenbong, Australia. Yes, you hear me right.

And without further ado, I’m proud to announce that, in 6 days, August 17th, I will be going out into the beautiful back trails of Woodenbong, Australia to run 105k, just as WE planned. My beautiful partner Misha, who also happens to be a certified physiotherapist, massage therapist, and yoga teacher, will be my support crew. Lucky me, right? 🙂 And I’m going to be using the rental car, which was also supplied by all of your generous donations, as the aid vehicle. I’m going to map out 10k-15k loops that I will be able to go and run and swing back by the aid vehicle to get the necessary water, food, nourishment, and any therapy from the amazing Misha.

Okay! I don’t mean to bore you all with the details. What I really want to say here is that although I’m bummed that I won’t be able to compete in the Scenic Rim Ultra, I’m super excited that I still have two legs! And that I can do the 105k in my own way, like get creative and have fun with it. Because that’s really what Covid-19 has taught me, to get creative when life throws you obstacles! And to remember that it’s ALWAYS about FUN. And I can promise all of you beautiful Beings that I am going to enjoy every second out there on the peaceful trails of Australia to the fullest. (While also respecting Mother Nature and taking the proper safety precautions in every situation.)

So, I want to express again my gratitude towards YOU ALL. Truly, without your support I would not have been able to obtain the necessary gear that is required for an event of this magnitude. I wouldn’t even have been able to get to the event if it wasn’t for the generous donations. So, THANK YOU ALL. I’m filled with Love and I’m so excited to share what comes from this experience.

My mentor/brother from another mother, Joe Wilkinson and Melissa Kramer from NowhereTour.com, recommended to me the other day that I do a Post Race 30 minute Interview with anyone who donates $50 or more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Anyone donating $50 or more…I’ll send you a message and we’ll work out a time to chat about the takeaways from what I experienced on the run.

And obviously I won’t leave all the rest of you guys hanging. I’m going to do the best I can to get some footage of what goes on next Monday.

I’m still in need of a couple water proof bags, fuel for the car, a pair of extra socks, a hat, and sunglasses. So, if any of you out there want to contribute to this running extravaganza, and haven’t yet, here’s the link to my GoFundMe.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-mitchy-run

Or feel free to send me a message, leave a comment, etc. and wish me good luck!

One Love Y’all,

Mitchy

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