Our 5th Anniversary race was a special one in many ways. We had a record number of runners, ran our first 100 mile event, and our runners raised over $55,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. It was a representative from the SOWF, George Ferkes, speaking at the awards ceremony that got me thinking about what it takes to put on an event like this. He mentioned my immediate family, including my brother who directs the 24hr and 100 mile events, my father who does all the photography and ads for this magazine, and I think all the runners know my mother either in person or from Facebook. But what he didn't mention were the other groups that have become part of the Destin Ultras family. We handed out six 5 year sponsor awards to business leaders who have believed in us from the beginning and supported every step of the way, Tops’l Resort, ResortQuest, Graffiti/Funky Blues Shack, The Back Porch, Pompano Joe’s, and Run With It; they all are part of our family. Each year we have dedicated volunteers return to donate their time- at crazy hours of the morning, day and night to the cause, (I wish I had room to list every single one of them here); they are part of our family. The Walton County Sheriff’s officers have become part of the family and treat our runners as if they were their own brothers and sisters. And, of course, the amazing runners are the largest part of our growing family.