Saturday, September 05, 2009

Skaggs Finally Sees Improvement

Well, we've finally heard some good news from Skaggs! He'll have to knock on wood, throw salt over his shoulder, avoid walking under ladders and steer clear of black cats for a while, but it looks like he has a turn for the best!

After his last hospital visit on Friday, Erik has seen a reduction in body weight (water weight) and his vital blood enzyme levels have finally started reversing to a more normal level (though still unbelievably high, they are no longer growing but shrinking). All very good news. He will continue with the regular hospital visits to ensure he doesn't suffer any further set backs.

Meanwhile, Rogue Valley Runners and the Southern Oregon Runners have rallied and are putting together a run to assist Erik with his hospital bills. The "Birds of a Feather Run" will be held on Saturday October 24th near Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. There'll be shirts donated by New Balance and Adidas with the race logo (designed by Carly Varner). Screening will be donated by Spearco. There is also an ever growing list of prizes that will be raffled at the race as well as at Rogue Valley Runners in the upcoming weeks. Dagoba, Sporthill, Moeben, ClifBar, and local masseuse Tim Olson have come to the table already, more are sure to come.

The race will start and finish near Lithia Park. There will be a five mile and two mile version. Entry fee is on a donation basis. Give what you can. But most importantly your presence is necessary! Entry applications can be found below, on the Southern Oregon Runners web site, or at Rogue Valley Runners. Below is a map of the courses as well.

Stay tuned! In a few days well have some reports that'll wrap up the Transrockies, Cascade Crest 100 Miler and Grand Tetons 100 Miler.

Thanks for all your support and well wishes!

"Birds of a Feather" Race Entry Application

"Birds of a Feather" Course Map


Rennaker said...

Oh SNAP! A race Erik has NO chance of winning...;-)

Let's come correct for a great cause and have a fun time ya'll.

John Price said...

Greeting from the Tetons! What great news about Erik! The Teton crew is thrilled!! Erin and Jody (the blister sisters) are still at it 15 hours in and doing well. Will send more info in the AM. Meanwhile, more good karma to Erik!!!

John P

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Craig Thornley said...

Excellent news. And good job to all who got this benefit run organized so quickly. I'll be there.

Annie Taylor said...

Who picked all the hills?! Tough course, but I'll do it even if I have to walk!

I concur with Craig -- great job getting this organized!

Unknown said...

ok ok I'll be there but only for Erik's sake as you guys almost killed me off at the TNT.

Tammy said...

Glad to hear of the improvement in Erik's condition. Looking forward to the upcoming race for a great cause!

Scott Dunlap said...

Thanks for the update. I will be at that race in spirit!


Wyatt Hornsby said...

Erik: It's great to hear that you're doing better. You don't know me but I'm an ultrarunner and I've enjoyed following the (amazing) ultrarunning exploits of you and your brother, Kyle (as well as Anton K.). Anyway, what happened to you could happen to any determined ultrarunner. I've been known to take a few ibuprofens during 100s and may now re-think that strategy. I hope you continue to get better--as I'm sure you will (your good health will only help)--and, when the dust settles, ultimately use this to help educate the ultrarunning world. I am also sending a contribution to help defray some of the costs of your hospital care. Good luck and be sure to get better and come back 100%!. - Wyatt

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