Before Geoff Roes was shattering records in endurance races across the country, Betsy Fischer remembers him walking into Foggy Mountain Shop, the outdoors store she co-owns with her husband, Scott, and handing over a crinkled piece of paper.
It was his resume and it was filled with a few meager standings. Roes was looking for a local sponsor. The Fischers saw potential in Roes and Foggy Mountain Shop proceeded to work with their dealers to help him obtain sponsorship.
Now, the shop is hosting a "Meet and Greet" event at 7 p.m. tonight at the store to give Roes an opportunity to share tips, insight and discuss his preparations for what could be the biggest and toughest 100 miles he'll ever tackle.
It's the Western States 100, a trail race that tests runners over 100 miles of challenging terrain from its beginning in Squaw Valley, Calif. to the finish line in Auburn, Calif. The race is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and quite possibly the most challenging.
"He's definitely one of the favorites," Fischer said. "And that's a really big race. I hardly pay attention to endurance running, but I know the Western States 100."
Attendees at the Foggy Mountain event will have an opportunity to win door prizes and take advantage of giveaways. Fischer said some may even get free running shoes. And for those interested, participants can go for a run with Roes on Sunday.
The location is still a secret, however.
"You can't go unless you go Friday night and get the details," Fischer said.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Foggy Mountain Shop at 586-6780.