100 Miles of Nowhere: Sixth Annual Dobson Ranch Edition

10.30.2015 | 10:56 am

A Halloween-Related Note from Fatty: Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all plan to eat as many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as I do. Although, come to think of it, that may not actually be possible, since I plan to eat 50.1% of all Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that exist in the universe.

Those of you who have seen me in action know exactly how serious I am here.

Speaking of serious things and Halloween, I’d like to show you a couple of pictures of my twins, in the costumes they’re wearing to school today for Halloween. 

First, Katie. She is going as Dean Winchester, from Supernatural.

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I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve googled it, and she did a pretty darned good job. 

Meanwhile, Carrie is went with something a little more Halloween-traditional: a zombie.

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Killed it. (Literally?)

Big thanks to my eldest son’s girlfriend, who does stage makeup and got up at 5am today to set the twins up before school.

A Hundred Miles of Nowhere Note from Fatty: I’m really excited to start the tradition of weekly 100 Miles of Nowhere race reports. And while many of you will be doing the 100 MoN next weekend, Jim Tolar has already done his.

As a result, he wins the “First Report Completed” prize, and we all get to read about how he’s set up the 100MoN as an amazing friends-and-family tradition with a big extra helping of fundraising.


I completed my sixth 100MoN last Saturday, October 24th. It coincided with, as it does every year, our 100 Miles to Nowhere (Dobson Ranch Edition) bike ride, so I had plenty of company.

“Why is your event called 100MtN when the real event is 100MoN?” I can imagine you asking.

Good imaginary question.

Way back when Fatty started the 100MoN and I joined up, I thought it would be fun to get my family and friends to make a day of it and all ride bikes and eat brats and raise money. So, we did, and we had a blast. All the kids and grandkids had fun and it became clear it would be an annual event for us too.

And it has been.

“But what about the name?” I imagine you asking again.

Oh yeah, the name. Turns out, I made a mistake when I first organized the family event and called it “100 Miles to Nowhere (Dobson Ranch Edition)” instead of “100 Miles of Nowhere (Dobson Ranch Edition)”. All the kids and grandkids and friends learned it as 100MtN, so that has stuck. What are ya gonna do?

So, every year I sign up for the 100MoN and we put on the 100MtN. By signing up, I help raise money for Camp Kasem. The participants of the 100MtN then help raise money for our charity, the Cardon Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Oncology program.

We have historically held the 100MtN sometime in the late Spring because our Phoenix weather gets hot early and stays hot long. This year we switched things up and held it in October and it was fantastic. We’ll probably switch to the Fall for a while and see how it goes.

Our course is flat (7.5 feet of total elevation change) and fast (unless you’re slow, in which case it’s flat and slow).


We had around 40 participants this year, and raised around $3500 for the Pediatric Oncology progam!

There were many notable participants. First and foremost among them was my Mom, Jean Tolar, who has pretty much retired the age-group distance record for the 100MtN, completing 25 miles at 87 years young. She is also the 65+ distance record holder with 40+ miles (set last year). But next year I’ll take that record from her…


Out of the 40 or so riders, we had two 100MtN Centurians this year, both repeat Centurians and both completing their third 100MtN Century.

Three-time 100MtN Centurian, Russ Trotter:


Three-time 100MtN Centurian, Jim Tolar: 


Each year we solicit names for our Honor Board, a list of people for whom we ride in support of, or in memory of. Here is this year’s Honor Board.


You might imagine it takes a big support crew to run an event of this magnitude, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Here they are:


And finally, here is a collage showing many of the other participants that make our 100MtN (Dobson Ranch Edition) the success it always is:


You can see all the photos and reports from this year and previous years on our Facebook page.


  1. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 10.30.2015 | 11:20 am

    Let The Great Race(s) Begin!

    “Killer’ on the makeup!

  2. Comment by Corrine | 10.30.2015 | 11:28 am

    Great write up for the 1st 100MoN report. Your mother rocks! I hope I can be like her at her age!
    Love the zombie makeup!

  3. Comment by Tom in Albany | 10.30.2015 | 1:12 pm

    Nice job, JT!! Looks like a great event and enjoying the warm weather.

  4. Comment by MattC | 10.30.2015 | 1:19 pm

    Wow Jim…what a fabulously organized event…I’m quite impressed! (and that it’s your SIXTH MTN…you are da MAN!!!) Just like Fattie’s kids ‘killed it’ w/ their costumes, you ‘killed it’ w/ your annual event! Way to go!! What a Super way to start the reports! Keep em’ coming Fatty! And a Happy Halloweed to all the FoF’s!! Be safe and have fun!

  5. Comment by Christina | 10.30.2015 | 1:30 pm

    I like that Susan is listed on the board. It seems like a fitting tribute to where this all started and to the memory of a fierce woman.

    Your mom is pretty bad ass!

  6. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 10.30.2015 | 1:52 pm


    I tried to click through to the inaneasylum blog site “page unavailable”? I know I’ve been remiss in following, but where are you?

  7. Comment by KevinM | 10.30.2015 | 2:03 pm

    Awesome Halloween characters!!

    Jim Tolar, your group is amazing! Way to go everyone! I can’t wait to read more reports. Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone.

  8. Comment by Jim Tolar | 10.30.2015 | 2:20 pm

    Susan will always be listed because she is why it all started.

    @EverybodyElse, Thanks!


    That’s a wonderful tribute; I appreciate it. – FC

  9. Comment by Albanybenn | 10.30.2015 | 3:04 pm

    Guess the report I sent for 10/18’s 100MoN didn’t make the cut.

    Please re-send, I certainly didn’t cut it. ‘Til now I haven’t been watching for race reports, and I get a lot of email. – FC

  10. Comment by Kristina | 10.30.2015 | 6:05 pm

    @davidh-marin,ca MattC’s problem link is just a typo issue… the URL is

    Awesome ride report, Jim. Very cool that you double-dip on the fundraising!

  11. Comment by Wife#1 | 10.30.2015 | 8:08 pm


    Yes that needed to be all in caps.

    Wait, what was the rest of the post about? I can’t get past the never-seen-Supernatural thing.

    She did a FANTASTIC job with her Dean costume! And yes, that needed all caps also, and it definitely needed the exclamation point. Both those costumes are really great.

    AKChick, I think we may need to rethink our FC love…he’s NEVER SEEN SUPERNATURAL!

  12. Comment by Heidi | 10.31.2015 | 9:02 am

    Katie and Carrie and Eldest Son’s Girlfriend – absolutely fantastic!

    Jim and Company, y’all rock!

    (Ha, two exclamation points – I felt that cringe, Elden. I stand behind them.)

  13. Comment by leroy | 10.31.2015 | 5:51 pm

    Wow to the makeup and….

    Wow to Jim’s report!

  14. Comment by Edgar | 11.3.2015 | 12:36 am

    Fantastic blog post indeed. I really enjoyed reading and watching such nice pictures of last year 100 mile cycling competition. I’m very impressed to know about the 87 years young lady you accomplished to journey through cycle about 25 mile.

    This is absolutely remarkable. God bless her and thanks for this excellent sharing.


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