The first weekend of September saw the Donner Party Mountain Runners hosting the Martis Peak Aid/Sleep Station for the Inaugural Tahoe 200 Mile Endurance Run. Founding Member JP Prince volunteered to take on the time intensive duty of Captain for this station that would be open for a total of 45 hours!
JP was there from set up to break down, never once setting his clipboard down for even a moment. He provided professional care to every runner along with his natural and sleep deprived sense of humor. JP made the time fly by for all the runners and volunteers alike. This was a huge task as racers, pacers and crew alike all need special care at the 152 mile point of this 202 mile journey around the Lake.
All told JP spent well over 50 hours volunteering for the club as Captain of this fun ship!
The weekend was long, so I was unable to be at the aid station the entire time, but I heard that at one point JP pointedly asked one of the Australian runners for his passport as he entered the AS. The runner panicked for a few seconds before catching on to JP’s sly humor. This got a good laugh from the runner, lightened his mood and helped in letting his mind rest from the race for a moment. It also highlights the fun JP had with the aid station, all the while making the runners, pacers and crew feel comfortable and welcome at our aid station.
The DPMR aid station was so much fun that we cannot wait for next year’s race! We are proud to say that we had zero runners drop at our aid station, which is a testament to ALL of the wonderful volunteers that helped by going above and beyond.
Thank you JP for being a Founding Member and taking so much of your time to represent the Donner Party Mountain Runners at an AS that last longer than most almost any race out there!
In addition to his aid station skills, JP runs his company Prince Electric Truckee even better than his aid stations, is proud Uncle to a certain ultra running legend, is a fantastic runner himself and great company to have on the trail. You should run with him one day soon.