By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
One last hurrah before the end of the year. Runners, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat along the trails of Squaxin Park.
Gary Robbins on his blog on behalf of is business partner Geoff Langford and the rest of the team at Coast Mountain Trail Running:
We do not feel the need to take this any further and have a PR duel in the town square.
They are clearly done with Whistler as a location, Vail Resorts and as a potential business partner.
And he opens another door he can control and actually wants to operate:
We as a tandem here need to shift our focus back to the work we love, which is preparing another season of the best events possible, for the communities we operate in, and the runners and volunteers who attend them. And of course there’s also that whole looming 10 week deadline to get a new race off the ground now too lol.
As an observer of our industry and on behalf of this tiny media outlet I would love for Gary to make the rounds, show up on every podcast, speak to every media outlet asking him for a snippet of opinion and insight into this kerfuffle, heck I’d love to have him on Singletrack to chat about all this.
As a human being, I understand that sometimes you just gotta wipe your hand, walk away from it all, and focus on what matters.
In the business world that’s how the big guys usually win. By staying always guarded and on message, never divulging too much and just plowing along. Whistler by UTMB is going to happen. The event will have a stench on it for awhile. Nothing really ever gets fully resolved, shit is messy sometimes. But in business that’s how it often goes, the only motions is endless forward progress and sometimes people are being sacrificed in the wake. Gary’s CMTR races will continue to flourish and he’ll be the champion of everyone’s heart.
Life is not a zero sum game and everyone sometimes can win. Win at whatever game everyone set out to play.