Sam's first race as Team Captain will be the Hobbiton Half on January 12, 2013 Shire Reckoning. The course begins at the Party Tree in Hobbiton, heads down Bywater Road to the Three Farthing Stone on East Road, then back to the Green Dragon where a generous elevenses—including seedcakes, mince pies, fruit tarts, cheese, scones, ham, roast chicken and the Gaffer's Home Brew™—will be served to participants and spectators alike!
Sam said that he, like many of us, was inspired to run by Sean Astin's #Run3rd mission. "I reckon if I could walk all the way to Mordor and back again, I could run a ways," he explained.
When asked who he'd dedicate his first race to, Sam responded:
"I run first for Frodo.
I run second for The Shire.
I #run3rd for my old Gaffer!"