|My fellow race director and I|
This past weekend I had my first stint as a race director - sort of fell in my lap in a crazy fashion - I learned a lot and have a whole new appreciation for race directors and race volunteers (remind me to volunteer more often at races - volunteers make or break it). Our race was held at our NEMN synod assembly (read a bunch of church folks who get together to talk about church stuff and what God's doing in the world and how we are called to participate in it). Last year there was a 2 mile walk to raise funds for malaria and a friend and I said wouldn't it be fun if we had a full 5k during the assembly to promote wellness and raise funds for something. And we got put in charge - the money we raised went to our outdoor camps in the area.
|Chalking sidewalks at 4:30am|
"I’ll plan to participate in the 5K run, under the giddily optimistic assumption that I can move one foot in front of the other that early in the morning with enough persistence to find my way back to the finish line at
I seriously laughed aloud at this email as I read it. How funny is that?!
It was a smallish race - 90 people ran and I couldn't have been more excited and massively consider it a success. Money was raised for our camps and 90 people got in a little bit of exercise before sitting in meetings all day. I was doubtful when we began this endeavor and thought we wouldn't have more than about 30 people.
|Prepping some volunteers|
- people will register past the deadline
- always order way more shirts than you think you'll need - you will have plenty of people sign up the day off
- there are a TON of details that go into a race
- it is fun to watch races where people are running for the first time and to celebrate their victories
- I desperately wanted to run it - when volunteering for a race run a ridiculously good run the day before so my legs are nice and tired and don't want to/can't fathom running
- keep a notebook of the things we want to change next year
Have you ever been a race director?
What is your favorite post race food?