I’m sorry to say that Veeam will not be co-sponsoring the VMworld run across the Golden Gate bridge after all.

As we all know, this event has changed quite a bit since its inception on Twitter among a group of friends. It’s yet another illustration of the power of Twitter to unite the virtualization community – which is great.

I believe it started as a casual discussion that since so many virtual Twitter friends are runners, it would be fun to get together for an early-morning run one morning before VMworld.

That sounded like fun to us, too. The runners among the Veeam team were looking forward to it. Since sponsors were being sought, we were very happy to chip in with some fun commemorative t-shirts. We did a quick design, and were just about ready to send in the order when we learned the event had morphed into something much larger and more formal, a part of the actual conference. Not blaming anyone for this, and we can certainly understand how it happened.

The new organizers did approach us about a sponsorship, but they already had a t-shirt design, and were looking for $2,500 to sponsor shuttle busses to/from the location. Worst of all, the time had changed to Monday evening, directly conflicting with the exhibit hall opening reception. So we can’t even participate --- we’ll be working the booth then.

We’re already a Gold sponsor of VMworld, hosting a partner/customer party (let us know if you haven’t received your invitation!), as well as lots of other side activities and meetings. We’re very happy to help out with the VM Underground Warm-up party on Sunday night. But this run has, unfortunately, turned into something we’re just not able to do. Our budget and resources aren’t infinite.

Please do join Duncan Epping and the others on the run. Hope those of you who run have a great time. Sorry we can’t join you.

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  • http://twitter.com/lode Lode

    We’re a partner + we’re bringing customers, but haven’t heard anything about a party. 🙁

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  • http://www.boche.net/blog/ Jason Boche

    I was looking forward to the morning run. When it turned into an evening run, well I have conflicts too and will probably not make the official Golden Gate run, which is a bummer because the orginal idea of mornings runs in the first place started with Duncan and myself. No ill towards anyone involved – as you put it, the event itself got too big and seemed to take on a mind of it’s own.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/virtualtodd Todd Muirhead

    I still plan to run in the mornings – down market to water and then over to Fisherman’s Wharf and back. If we just set a time to meet we could still do the morning run that we initially talked about. The earlier the better for me.

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  • http://www.veeam.com Arseny Chernov

    We at Veeam were really excited to get together with world-famous VMware evangelists, our dear customers, cummunity members and just those international Veeam Teeam members we only know by e-mails and Skype avatars, – and now it seems like someone wanted to be ‘a little bossy’ about non-commercial sport activity. Too much conversation, little more action. Come on, come on!

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