You can do a lot of activities with your friends. Dinners, drinks, coffee, concerts, weekend trips, walks, runs, hikes, camping, help them move – you get the point. Do you know what’s really unique and something that not everyone gets to or takes the opportunity to do? Putting on races with your friends! Some of us have been together, working on the Endless Summer Trail Run Series since 2012 and some have just started coming out more recently, but I think that everyone who joins in experiences something very similar and something super unique… purpose, unity, sense of accomplishment and pride! ESTRS is something quite special indeed – it creates and nurtures community, it adds something fun, stress-free, healthy and fun in peoples busy and hectic work weeks – it is inclusive of all ages, races and levels of ability – we all come with at least one thing in common, the love of running and the mindset and lifestyle that accompanies it. We have all run races ourselves, and as fun and rewarding as that is, actually getting to be the ones to make it happen for others is that X 2 – at least. You are all supremely important to me and to the mission, I am grateful and humbled to get to work alongside such a stellar group of people. I usually don’t have the theme song from the Golden Girls rattling around in my head, but as I wrote this, it popped into my head (I know, that is pretty dang strange), but regardless, I will just leave this with you…

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

I am already looking forward to being a part of it all with you guys again next year. As always, should you have any comments or questions or need anything, please drop me a line or pick up the phone.


John Storkamp
Race Director
Endless Summer Trail Run Series