Our Hoodoo 500 Crew for 2019
Our crew are an integral part of the team and essential to our success. The crew has the important job of keeping me safe, fed, hydrated, and protected 24 hours a day for the 3 day race. None of this would be possible without their skill, dedication, and commitment.
Hoodoo 500 is logistically much simpler than RAW. The course is a peanut shaped double loop, and we can leave non-essentials at the hotel in St. George, leaving the car a bit more organized. If we add a second car, the Panguitch cutoff can be used--allowing one car to skip ahead and rest. On the other hand, most 500 mile crews at Hoodoo only have 2 people (compared to 4-6 at RAW), and its a 32-40 hour event, so its a long for just a couple of people. Since Hoodoo does not require direct follow, the crew will be able to take power naps if they need to while I can still make forward progress with redundant lighting systems.
Cathy Pearce: Crew Chief
Eric's wife Cathy Pearce is serving as Crew Chief for Hoodoo 2019. Cathy has significant experience crewing and feeding at stage races, masters national championships, and recently crewing at the RAW 2019 and the 2019 Hoodoo 300. Cathy is also a talented life-long runner. In 1999, Cathy qualified for the U.S. Women's Olympic Trials in the Marathon with a 2:49:45 at the Tucson Marathon, won the 50-54 Masters Mountain Running Championships at Loon Mountain in 2014, and is a three-time winner of the La Luz Mountain Run in Albuquerque New Mexico. She continues to compete as an elite masters running regionally. Formerly, Cathy coached high school cross country and track and field, and led the all-girls Academy of Notre Dame Tyngsboro MA teams to several league championships between 2010 and 2014. Throughout her life, Cathy has always contributed significantly to her local running community. In 1999 she was the founding president of the Socorro Striders and Riders. She currently is an active member of the Tucson Runners Project.
In her professional life, Cathy is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Oro Valley AZ.
Cathy keeps coming back to crew me again! This time in St. George should be a bit more relaxing, and we will enjoy a day in St. George together with her and my youngest son Jack.
Jack Pearce: Navigator, Feeder, Driver
Eric's youngest son will be joining the crew again in St. George. Jack currently lives in Minneapolis where is works in the financial and wealth management industry. While everyone on the crew is a generalist, sharing driving, navigating, feeding, hydrating, electronics, photography, social media, and errands, Jack will have the lead responsibility of tracking my fed and hydration.
Jack crewed me in my first > 12 hour event, the 2014 Dirty Kanza, and at RAW 2019. At RAW, he was such a positive influence on the crew, always thinking ahead and trying to keep me moving forward. I think he is practicing for RAAM 2021!