Why the Race Ended

On May 19, 2018, we sent the following letter to all past participants of CLM.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Circular Logic Marathon is over


After 7 fun years, the Circular Logic Marathon is over. The 2018 event was our last.  
We made this decision after much thought and serious consideration.

I started the Circular Logic Marathon in 2012 as a simple, no-frills event with a low entry cost
few hassles to produce. As the race grew, we added features bit-by-bit to better serve
runners – from the multiple start times, to the BQ efforts, to the modified course on the street
rather than sidewalk, and this year’s 8-hour Ultra option.


The 2018 race came off marvelously! I don’t know how it could have gone any better with
the things we controlled (I know, it would have been better to be warmer!!). Yet the toll it took
personally on those of us most deeply involved in producing CLM grew, particularly for me.
 Race preparations occupied most of my evenings and weekends for the three months
leading up to race day. Each of us have also had personal and professional developments
over the past seven years which make this race and its’ improvements harder and harder to
sustain.

Shortly after the 2018 race day,  the leaders of the West Lafayette Parks & Recreation
Department informed me construction plans for a new community swimming pool and
recreation center are proceeding. Although great news for the City of West Lafayette, its
location is slated for the northeast corner of the CLM course (the section where you ran
across grass, down the old driveway, and made a right onto the street) and will wipe out that
entire portion of our course.   While the exact construction timing is fuzzy, the uncertainty is
such that even if it did not occur in spring 2019, we would not know the timing until it would be
too late for 2019 race planning.

“But you could move to a different site!”, you say. Our first thought, too, and we considered it
seriously. We looked at all parks in the greater Lafayette area yet could find no setting which
would work as favorably as what we had in terms of parking, flatness, safety, a one-mile loop
path, ease of access, and permanent restrooms at Cumberland Park. Such a place simply
does not exist. CLM was indeed a one-of-a-kind race.

Therefore, the combination of personal strain and the loss of the course led us to the
decision to end the race. We’ll end on a high note. The 2018 event was terrific. I was so
proud of all you runners and the way so many of you reached your goals for the day. We did it
together, the vibe was wonderful, the encouragement amongst everyone was a model of what
our sport can be. We’ll leave that as a fond memory.

A couple of practical points for you, as a result:

1. For the seven of you who ran a Boston Qualifying time in 2018, we will submit the
CLM data to the BAA as usual this summer. Our decision has no impact on your chances to
get into the Boston Marathon.  In fact, I hope I see you at the starting line in Hopkinton next
April as I’ll be running Boston 2019, too!

2. For those of you who made arrangements for the 2019 race with me ahead of race day,
follow up on the details of that communication, and we’ll put that right.

From the very bottom of my heart, I thank each of you for being part of the crazy experiment
called the Circular Logic Marathon. It’s been a blast,  a lot of work, and I hope it’s a bright
spot in your running memory. I wish you only the very best and look forward to seeing you
at races in the future.


Together we run,


Joe Ely, Race Director
Circular Logic Marathon