To the Elephant Swamp Ultra Marathoners,

On Tuesday, March 12th, we met with officials of the Upper Pittsgrove community, a municipality where a segment of the Elephant Swamp Trail cuts through, to discuss final preparations for our ultra marathon event scheduled for April 20th. Despite our best efforts to convince them of the high interest their town would receive, and without regard to the community of runners in the area, we were denied our permit to continue the event.

Officials of Upper Pittsgrove felt that the event was not in the interest of the residents to support, nor were they convinced that we would bring in new interest and financial support to their economy. Our reaction was nothing less than disappointment. Their decision to deny our permit is an indication that NeoEndurance, and its runners, are not welcomed in their community.

As a result, we are making the difficult decision to cancel the event. Effective immediately, we will no longer accept new registrations.

For those who have already paid and registered, you will be receiving a full refund.

We are sincerely sorry that we were not able to make a better case, and we are especially regretful of not having the opportunity to meet you through this event.

Jessica Bagley and I are already in the process of looking for a new location for another ultra marathon in New Jersey, but this new project will be tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2020. Any and all recommendations on location for this new event are welcomed. Until then, we wish you the best of luck in your future running endeavors, and we hope you progress and achieve all of your running goals.

 

Respectfully,

Edmund Arellano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Jessica Bagley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)