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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/22/20 11:53 a.m.

Sorry, everybody, but you're going to have to have fun without me this year.

I learned I'd had a confirmed coronavirus exposure last week, and while I tested negative on Saturday, I'm now experiencing some minor symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, and an interest in keeping everybody safe above all else, I'll be staying home from the $2000 Challenge this year.

That doesn't mean I won't be present: I'm still your point of contact with questions or concerns, and I'll still be involved as much as possible remotely. Fortunately we have a fantastic team (that we've kept heavily compartmentalized for just this reason) on the ground. I'm confident the event will go off without a hitch thanks to Nancy, JG, Chris, Colin, David, John and our team of volunteers, and I can't wait to see the photos and videos from everybody's efforts.

Have fun, everybody, and I'll see you next year! 

New York Nick
New York Nick GRM+ Memberand New Reader
10/22/20 11:54 a.m.

Thank you for looking out for your fellow humans. I hope you don't get sick and you stay healthy and safe.

NYN

ultraclyde (Forum Supporter)
ultraclyde (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/22/20 11:58 a.m.

Honorable choice, and here's hoping the symptoms are psychosomatic! 

MrJoshua
MrJoshua UltimaDork
10/22/20 12:08 p.m.

Heal quickly. Hopefully it's just normal seasonal crud.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
10/22/20 12:09 p.m.

Someone should arrange a "street legal challenger parade" by your house.   

 

Feel better, hope you dont feel worse!   You are doing the right thing. 

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/22/20 12:46 p.m.

You will be missed.  Does this mean Nancy will tell me No! twice as much as usual?  I'll drink one for you tonight.

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
10/22/20 12:59 p.m.

Dang!  

pimpm3 (Forum Supporter)
pimpm3 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
10/22/20 1:53 p.m.

That sucks!

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/22/20 2:13 p.m.

Dang. Get well soon, Tom.

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/22/20 2:15 p.m.

You are an awesome man for tapping out. Hats off to you, and all of us pre existing condition folks thank you. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/22/20 2:20 p.m.

That had to be a tough choice. Much respect. Stay healthy.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/22/20 2:21 p.m.

Sorry to miss you, but your health matters most of all. We'll be thinking of you.

Do you have a test pending?

surfshibby07
surfshibby07 HalfDork
10/22/20 2:24 p.m.

That is sad to hear. I appreciate all the work that you did to make this event possible this year. And thank you for all the help with questions that you answered for me along the way. See you next year!

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/22/20 2:26 p.m.

Andy Neuman
Andy Neuman SuperDork
10/22/20 2:42 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Better safe than sorry. Hope to see you next year at the event. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/22/20 2:57 p.m.

If there's anything I can do remotely from up in MD to help out, let me know. I commend you on making the right choice, that is painful to make, even though I know the decision wasn't difficult for you to make. 

If you need any quarantine/isolation ideas, I suggest "My Summer Car" it's a cheap computer game that is basically an alcoholic Finnish teenager attempting to build a rally car on a challenge budget. 

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/22/20 3:10 p.m.

That is a bummer.  We wish you a speedy recovery.  I assume I should just go to the check-in tent for a replacement windshield banner?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/22/20 3:22 p.m.

Thanks for the well-wishes everybody! Sorry for not responding sooner–there's still a lot going on today with the $2000 Challenge officially here!

Andy, yeah, Nancy should be able to slip you an extra windshield banner at registration.

slowbird
slowbird SuperDork
10/22/20 6:17 p.m.

Hope you're feeling better soon and it's nothing serious. Man, I hope the world's in a better situation next year, I really wanna make the 2021 challenge.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/22/20 6:22 p.m.

In reply to slowbird :

Same on all accounts 

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie HalfDork
10/22/20 6:23 p.m.

Sorry to hear this. Get well soon. 

CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter)
CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/23/20 3:47 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Fortunately we have a fantastic team (that we've kept heavily compartmentalized for just this reason) on the ground.

That's a nice piece of planning and management-well done. Hope you're back in action soon!

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
10/23/20 3:55 p.m.

Hope you recover quickly.  Major bummer.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/23/20 4:05 p.m.
CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Fortunately we have a fantastic team (that we've kept heavily compartmentalized for just this reason) on the ground.

That's a nice piece of planning and management-well done. Hope you're back in action soon!

Thanks–yeah, it's a little weird communicating 100% via Microsoft Teams, but necessary to keep everyone safe. The only time we see each other in person is for our twice-a-week Chinese buffet visits (kidding, kidding... I can dream).

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/25/20 8:45 a.m.

Any updates on your condition?  Thinking about you Tom

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