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Well That Was Fun!

The 2024 Mile 8 Water Station crew!

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! What a great weekend! We finally were able to hold 8 Tuff Miles after a four-year break, and it was just as fun as ever!

There are only two reasons in life that will prompt me to set an alarm in the morning. One: To catch the ferry/plane. Two: 8 Tuff Miles. Have I mentioned how much I love this day??!!

Am I a runner? No. Will I ever run 8 Tuff? Probably not. But will I greet runners and walkers at mile 8 every year with water, Gatorade, and a variety of shots? You betcha!

We did our jobs for the first hour and handed out water and Gatorade, as instructed. And then the party started. I was joined by numerous friends including Bridgett and Jimmy, who own Palm Tree Charters, and Tracy and Juice, who own Into the Mystic in Coral Bay. We had a variety of Cruzan Rums, Painkillers courtesy of The Beach Bar, Love City Seltzers, Tequila, Fireball, and more! Someone has to keep these runners hydrated!

In total, 1,119 people crossed the finish line Saturday morning. The winner was Matias Porporato of Christiansted, St. Croix. He finished the 8.3 mile race in just 53 minutes and 57 seconds. Unbelievable! The first female finisher was Elise Yoshioka of St. Thomas. She finished in 58 minutes and nine seconds.

Congrats Matias!
Congrats Elise!

The youngest runners were five-year-olds Aksel Tarr and Kai Reinbold, both of St. John. Aksel is Dalton’s classmate, so we were super excited to see him pass by us! And on the flip side, the oldest runner was 80 years old. Amazing!

Click here to see all of the runners. 

Here are a few more pics from Saturday:

Thank you for inviting me back every year 8 Tuff!
Keep filling those waters Dalton!
Cheers to Tim Hanley, one of the owners of The Tap Room!
Dalton was super excited to see Coach Emma from Gifft Hill School!
Thanks Bridgett and Jimmy!
Thanks Tracy!

Again, this was such a great day. The next 8 Tuff is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2025. See ya there!

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