Prior to COVID-19, this is what I had written for our March Newsletter.
Of course, we decided this was not in the best interest of anyone and decided to ‘leave it on the cutting room floor.' But, I do think this applies today when everyone and anyone is creating virtual events. Whether you like them, love them, or hate them, virtual events are someone's art and all art should be viewed as objectively as possible.
If your vision dies with you, you failed. -M. Munroe
Recently, I've taken some flack for discontinuing the half marathon in Wildwood this spring and converting it to the 10 Miler. This gripe is an extension from people being pissed about us taking over the Wild Half and changing everything about that race and it evolving into the MudHen Brewing Co. Race Series. Brace yourself, this is going to sting: I have never created anything with you in mind. Ever. (Trust me on this)
As much as we cater to our athletes and do the absolute best we can to deliver a WORLD CLASS experience, DelMoSports was never about YOU. I have never sat and thought, "What will the athletes think of this?" "What can I do that people will love?" Never, ever, not never ever ever have I had that thought process.
DelMoSports is what it is because I've always created these events for me, or in the case of Women’s PHL Tri, for my daughter. Yes, this is as selfish as selfish gets. Every race, every shirt, every medal, every bib, every DelMoTivation post, every quote, every video, every single thing I do... I do it for me. You see, like you, I truly need this sport. It's my outlet. It's my therapy. It's where I deal with my sh*t. It's the only thing I've ever done that can bring me to tears and at the same time fill me with such joy that it's hard to clearly articulate why I do what I do. It is... what it is.
So, back to the haters. For those that are upset with me for: 1.) Changing the Wild Half to the MudHen 2.) Eliminating the half marathon and changing it to a 10 Miler 3.) Changing the venue from Fox Park to the entire event operating out of the MudHen Brewery. I am not sorry, there is nothing I can do for you. This is my music, and it has to come out. Truth be told, I bought the event because I knew there was another life to give this race. I could see it in my mind, therefore I had to make it happen. I'm ecstatic to work with the Sciarra Family and the beautiful business they've created in the MudHen Brewery. To me, it represents everything I love about life and sport: vision, risk, dedication, hustle, perseverance, and celebration.
I dedicate this to all of you who have music inside you that has yet to be released. DO NOT let others dictate what and how you express your art. If you have the vision, simply take action to see it through. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to us. And most importantly, I dedicate this to all of you who do not understand people like me. I still love you, and the truth is you motivate me to pursue future visions with clarity that cannot be questioned. You make me want to be an even truer version of myself.
As my buddy Ryan would say, "Love is here."