Grapes of Half & 5K
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Eclectic Edge Story:
It all started back in 1988, when William Wyckoff, owner of Eclectic Edge Events, LLC, began hosting trail running events as fund-raisers for the high school cross country program that he coached in the mountains of Colorado, 40 miles west of Denver. The very first trail running event was called the Fastrek Forest Challenge, a 9 mile race that ascended 1,300 feet, from a starting elevation of 8,500 feet - the race was so burly that you had to be a "monster" to run it. In fact, a 1/2 mile section of the course near the top was so steep that it became known as, "The Wall" and even the most seasoned trail runners struggled to negotiate it without walking.
The name, "Fastrek" was the title of the running club that William founded, and included many of the high school athletes he was coaching. When it was time to create the design for the race shirt of that first event, one of the athletes on William's team (known as "Sparky") said, "Hey Coach, I've got an idea, let me put something together." The design featured a running bigfoot - again, one had to be a monster to run the race!
The running bigfoot icon gained popularity, but it would be a few years before the company name of Eclectic Edge Racing would be developed from the original "Fastrek." In 1996, William began working as a disc jockey and producing a local radio program - and, the station needed a name for his program. Well, William played a variety of music, focused on divergent themes in every show, and was always, "On The Edge." The radio show became known as, "William Wyckoff on the Eclectic Edge," and then the titles, Eclectic Edge Events and Eclectic Edge Racing for William's business ventures closely followed suit.
Today, Eclectic Edge Racing, is an industry leader in the quality of service in race management, timing and announcing. We're proud to celebrate our history, and encourage everyone to, "Run Big", as we keep striving to be on the "Eclectic Edge." On a historical trivia note, our runner-artist, "Sparky" led the team to the first ever and first of four straight high school cross country state championships in Colorado, and is now a graphic designer in the Bay Area - and still, running big!
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Since many of you have asked, the company of Eclectic Edge Racing has not been sold. A package of races that William Wyckoff (owner of Eclectic Edge) created and produced has now been transferred to Level 32 Racing, with the timing and announcing of those events still provided by Eclectic Edge Racing. Eclectic Edge Racing continues to provide the same event production, timing and announcing as it has for the past 26 years, at the highest quality level. We look forward to seeing you out there!
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