For the first several years we hosted pre-race dinners on Friday night. These were old-school carb-loading gatherings for the people who were racing the next morning as well as their families and all ElliptiGO employees. It was a great way to get to meet so many customers who we had interacted with via email and social media for years but never met in person. It was also fun to meet their families (and size up the competition). We held them at several different locations over the years, but my favorite was in the Drown’s backyard. It was such a comfortable atmosphere. I think both years we did it there Mary Decker and her husband Richard Slaney were there. They would anchor one end of the backyard and basically be the last people to leave. There’s nothing like the energy generated by a group of racers the night before the race. Everyone is nervous, excited and eager to get to the starting line.