My wife, with the other members of the Healthy Kids Committee, organized a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, to advocate for healthy families in our community. The day started off cold, rainy, windy and, oh yes, thunder and lightning. Not auspicious for the inaugural running, but by early afternoon, the sun peeked out and eventually burned off all traces of the storm (see photo above!) :).
Thanks to Road ID, Dominick's, Great American Bagel Company, and Jewel-Osco, the racers got bibs, water, bananas, and bagels. I was teleworking from home, so couldn't attend (plus, our 3 year old slept the afternoon away!), but I heard the race went wonderfully, with a few minor snags.
The preparation was half the fun. We put safety pins on all the bibs:
(thanks Road ID!)
got the water and bananas ready to go:
and sliced the bagels:
(thanks Great American Bagel Company!)
The kids had a great time, over 200 people participated, and the email reviews/responses have been uniformly positive. We're looking forward to planning next years!
Almost forgot to mention that my wife told me that the "winner" of the 1 Mile run was a 6th grader, who ran it in 5:45 - holy cow, that's fast!
Even though it seems daunting, race planning isn't that difficult, so I'm thinking of giving it a go. Of course this one was a little bit easier because the logistics were simpler (no porta-potties, no insurance), because it was done as a school event, but I think, with a little planning, it might be fun. Though it's not really in my character, I'm becoming more comfortable asking companies to give stuff. That will definitely help! Anyone else out there have any experience as a race director? What were the first steps?
If you haven't already, check out this month's giveaway at http://midwesttriathlon.blogspot.com/2010/05/gu-giveaway.html.
My son Teo has posted a short review of the race at http://kidstrygear.blogspot.com/2010/05/pierce-downer-1-mile-fun-runwalk.html - check it out and become a follower!