It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Mississippi Studios/Bar Bar NoPo Run Team has NOT been selected for 2013's Hood to Coast relay.
Below is the conciliatory email that I received today. As you will see, (TWO WAYS TO RAISE YOUR... 2.) we could still get in if we decide to fundraise (at least $20K) for the American Cancer Society by August 1st, 2013.
So for now, read it and weap (I did) but let's look forward to the future and getting in soon.
Dear Hood To Coast Applicant,
Thank you for taking the opportunity to submit a team entry in the 32nd annual Hood To Coast Relay. Your team’s application was one of over 2,000 postmarked on “Opening Day” of registration.
Unfortunately, your team was not one of the 1,050 teams drawn for the 2013 lottery. The Hood To Coast Relay has filled the team limit for the past 22 years. We will shred your check for security, otherwise email [masked] , Subject: "HTC Check Return" by November 20th to have your check returned as void instead of being shredded.
TWO WAYS TO RAISE YOUR CHANCES FOR NEXT YEAR’S LOTTERY:
1. DECLINED LOTTERY: Because your registration was declined for the 2013 Hood To Coast Relay, you will have the opportunity to have your team entered into a special lottery for 2013. This lottery does not guarantee a spot, but will increase your chances substantially. Print out a copy of this email and send in with your registration form and entry fee postmarked October 3, 2013. This is one full week before the opening day of registration. Use YOUR name as the team captain and please write "DECLINED 2013" on the outside of the envelope. You must have a printed copy of this Email with your registration to be entered into the special lottery. REMEMBER TO SAVE/PRINT THIS EMAIL!
2. FUNDRAISE! Your team can still get in to the 2013 Race! Commit to raise at least $20,000 as a team for the American Cancer Society by August 1st, 2013 and you are guaranteed a spot in the 2013 and 2014 races. Only 5 spots available- Email [masked] for further details.
*THE BETTER HALF:*
We are enthusiastically introducing you to the inaugural Better Half Marathon & Relay ( http://www.portlandbetterhalf.com ) and with that, are offering a limited time *$35* off registration! Send the link below to your friends and family so they can join you in what's sure to be a premiere event presented by the Hood To Coast team! LIMITED TIME ONLY! Special offer good through December 15: Click here to Register for Better Half: https://www.athletepath.com/_l/22h
Again, on behalf of the 32nd annual Hood To Coast Relay, thank you for submitting an entry into the 2013 event. Hopefully you will continue in your enthusiasm to experience “The Mother of All Relays.”
Director of Customer and Course Relations