I'm directing this with a running friend who works with the BLM, so he had some clout in pushing it through approval. We were able to keep this event free, by necessity (had to be a "noncompetitive" event and under 100 entrants) and also due to donations of time and resources. I have come out of pocket little to none, as have others. It will be a glorified fat ass style run, probably a good mix of first time trail runners and some very experienced- it will be a good time.
I wish I floated uphill! Im 6', 168, so not a small guy, running uphill isn't as efficient as it could be, but Ive grown stronger over the last few years. My good friend is a tiny dude, he weighs a scant 130lbs and is about 5'5", he can literally bounce uphill for miles with minimal effort....its both amazing to watch and frustrating to follow behind!
On the Storm, it is a little forward heavy in comparison to the XP2, due to the 4 AAA batts, but not anything really noticeable. If you cover shipping I will send out the Tikka XP2 to ya, a tiny tiny spot of JB weld or epoxy on the housing will keep the diffuser from sliding down mid run. Everything else on the lamp is in total working order and will serve you well. I used up some gift cash, otherwise I would just keep it. I'm a backsliding "No New Gear for 2012" follower.