Thursday, July 29, 2010

Organizing a 10K Race

It's awful quiet here. I'm enjoying a little "me time" this week :) M's up in NY with the kiddo, working with the race commitee for this year's 10K.

For a self-proclaimed non-runner, there’s one race through the streets of his home town that M pours his heart and soul into every year. His father was one of the original organizers in 1977, and ran the show for many years. The race has grown to over 7,000 participants since then, draws elite runners (Ryan Hall holds the course record), and has been featured in Runner’s World magazine as one of the top 100 races in the U.S.

My inlaws are full of stories about the race- like spending hours putting together swag bags, having to eat dinner on TV trays because their entire kitchen table was covered in piles of completed registration forms, and having to take the dog to the vet because he ate some of the bibs and safety pins…. etc, etc. It was always M’s job to help his dad hang the posters around town.

When M’s father passed away, it was Uncle Rick who took over the show. Now he’s gone, so it belongs to his sons and nephews this year. They’re determined keep it in the family, so M is in NY this week working with the rest of planning committee. M will be in charge of staging the start of the race (it was his dad’s idea to institute the wave starts, so he's most interested in that part). He's also busting out his old design skills to create this year's t-shirt.

He means well, bless his little heart




I often wonder what M’s dad was like. As I’ve mentioned before, M doesn’t talk about him much. It’s a shame we never got to meet. I think we would have gotten along really well.

Do you have any special traditions for honoring the memories of loved ones?

If you've ever organized or volunteered at a race, have any tips to share?

7 comments:

  1. I love your blog I read it when I can ever get to reading blogs. I don't comment much but I loved this post. I have wanted to organize a race but I don't even know where to begin. So I hope to read a post after the race on how it went and what he had to do. Thanks for the great reading!

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  2. I have volunteered at a race once. It was a great experience to be on the other side of the race. I handed out race packets and took off timing chips at the end. It was very cool to see those speedy runners finish and then first timers who were so proud when they crossed the finish line! I couldn't imagine the prep. it takes to run an entire race, but very cool of your husband to keep the race going!

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  3. Thanks Sara! I consider this blog an exercise in creativw writing for myself. It's exciting to I find out others are enjoying it too.

    Alison- I think that would be the most interesting spot to volunteer. It's a very emotional place to be. Much better than getting splashed with gatorade at the aid stations!

    Luckily for the hubs and his family the race committee has grown quite large over the years, and most sponsors are repeating contributors, so they only have to focus on one assigned area of the race now. I'm sure it was crazy before, especially in the days before online registering.

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  4. i lol'd at the 'eye of the tiger' 'speed of a turtle picture'

    hilarious. great meeting you two over the weekend!

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  5. Thanks Ry...looking forward to following your marathon quest!

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  6. i lol'd at the 'eye of the tiger' 'speed of a turtle picture'

    hilarious. great meeting you two over the weekend!

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  7. I have volunteered at a race once. It was a great experience to be on the other side of the race. I handed out race packets and took off timing chips at the end. It was very cool to see those speedy runners finish and then first timers who were so proud when they crossed the finish line! I couldn't imagine the prep. it takes to run an entire race, but very cool of your husband to keep the race going!

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