The Back on My Feet 42K Relay was this past Sunday. This is a race that has been in the works since July. I knew when I took this job at some point, I would have the privilege of directing a race of some sorts but wasn’t sure what that would look like.
It was decided early in the game that we wanted to do some sort of relay. We can’t do a 5K… every weekend is saturated with 5Ks. One of our volunteers, Doug White introduced us to Marty Day, who had a race he put on in the past called the 42K Relay. In talking with Doug and Marty we made the decision to launch the Back on My Feet 42K Relay. After a million date changes and a heck of a time nailing down a location.Time and location ended up working out perfectly.
In all the years I’ve been running, I have always dreamed of having a job where I could somehow combine running with my professional career. In the past few years, I have grown into loving the world of event planning. Event planning can be stressful- but I am energized by checking things off a list and watching ideas turn into productions.
The original goal was to recruit at least 50 teams for this race, which I thought was low, but was ready to promote the crap out of it to ensure we would far exceed 50. That goal quickly moved up to 60, then 70 teams. When race day approached we were at 95 teams and had four day of registrations, putting the race at 99 teams!
There were so many beautiful things about the day and I am so pleased with how it went. This was the first year for the event and we have plans to make it annuual. I have been so eager to read the survey’s our runners have filled out so that I can ensure that next year is a better experience. I can’t wait to make the improvements that need to be made and watch this race grow.
It was so fun to see everyone in their costumes having a good time! The guys on the team were having fun and it was great to see regular BoMF volunteers, as well as lot’s of new faces.