Just .1 Left

Of course, a 5k can’t be a perfect three miles; that’d make too much sense. A 5k is 3.1 miles long. But it’s that last .1 that’s so much fun. That final .1 when the finish line is in sight.
This weekend I labored through the last stages of my 5k. I’ve been steadily planning the Lincoln OM ROARing to Run 5k—a joint effort between Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School and the Mesa Monument Striders running club—for the past four months. The event is happening next weekend, April 19, and I’ve only got a few days now to get all the remaining details in place.
Just a short distance until I reach that final .1 of this run I’ve been running.
I want to say first of all that though this project has been like an extra half-time job for me, I have had a great time with it. The learning curve has been challenging and I’ve enjoyed thinking about how to make this race the best it can be.
Here are the highlights:
• a flat straightforward course starting and ending at the school
• low registration fees – just $5 for kids
• 30+ volunteers, with many of them on the course to help cheer on the runners and keep children safe
• post-race snacks
• raffle tickets for a kid’s mountain bike
• lots and lots of door prizes
• popcorn for sale
• the school’s bathrooms and drinking fountains handy
• music rocking the race scene
• covered areas in case of inclement weather
• finisher awards for all kids
• age group prizes
• the National Anthem
I’ve completed most of this race, meaning that I’ve put forth most of the mental and physical energy necessary for this race to happen. I’ve learned how to time races, ran several possible routes, secured insurance, checked into permits, created a website, designed a race t-shirt, set registration fees and age groups, selected awards, accepted and stockpiled donated door prizes, planned race day snacks and registration goodie bags, created and distributed flyers, organized a running club at the school to get the students fired up about and trained for the race, lined up volunteers, held committee meetings, and rounded up sponsors.
Thank you to the race committee that helped all the above come to fruition.
This weekend I spent nearly 12 hours in my classroom (which doubles as my 5k planning and storage area) making signs, preparing the results boards, stuffing race bags, and sending emails to all the volunteers with their assignments and instructions.
I think I’ve got enough accomplished and feel ready enough to go with this event to say that the first three miles are done.
And now I’ve got just that final .1 to go, the fun part where I know that all of hard effort is about to pay off. The finish line is in sight, right before my eyes. I’ll be crossing it next Saturday as the event starts, happens, and concludes.
I’m excited. I truly believe it’s going to be a fun time for all – runners and volunteers alike. And what an awesome way to build school-community relations and pride.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Apr 13, 2014 @ 23:19:41

    I am in awe! You have pulled this together in such a remarkable way. The end is in sight. Enjoy that last .1! You’ve earned it! 🙂


    • randee
      Apr 14, 2014 @ 05:01:48

      Thanks, Deb! You’ve been cheering me on the entire way, sending good mojo from halfway around the world. I sure do appreciate that.


  2. farfetchedfriends
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 12:56:37

    That’s a great registration fee! I wish they were that low around here.


    • randee
      Apr 14, 2014 @ 14:11:59

      I work at a Title I school and we really wanted our kids and families to be able to participate. We probably won’t make much money for our school, but oh well, school-community fun is more important. I was thinking about writing a post called “Taking the DRAISER out of FUNDRAISER” (and just focusing on the FUN).


  3. gapark
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 13:45:51

    wow, major undertaking–Best wishes for a HUGELY successful event.


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