Directing your first “real” 5K

For work I decided at the beginning of the year I wanted to start an Endurance Series. I work at an SPCA and running with your dogs is a big thing here! I figured why not combine the 2. We offer a Walk for the Animals so I incorporated a 5K into that. We had 200 people participate and it went well. I figured it would be smooth sailing…boy was I wrong!

I was very humbled by this experience! Permits, road closures, medical plans, t-shirts, registrations, packets, chip, oh my! It started on Friday when too many events collided. I sent one of my volunteers to run packet pick-up while I waited for UPS with the t-shirts. After an angry phone call with UPS I found out they were not coming and I’d have to go pick it up 45 minutes away! Not in my plan!

So after coordinating with my volunteer, my husband to go to the store, and grabbing Steph I was off to Landover to receive my t-shirts The truck was supposed to be there between 8pm – 9am….10:15 he finally arrives! Yay t-shirts were acquired! We drove back to the shelter to get the van that was packeted for the next day. When I walked into the office where everything was organized I found out that someone had PUT EVERYTHING AWAY. It was at this point I seriously considered crying. I found what I could and got out of there. I think I got home about 11 or so.

Next morning, at 6am I arrive at the trail to set-up. I open said van and start removing tables and tents. I got to remove the water and realize it isn’t there. I did find, however, boxes of water bottles (you know the plastic ones you sell not the ones you drink!!). I call my volunteer and ask her to stop at the store and get 5 cases of water. I send the husband out for a quick course run and mile marking!!

Believe it or not, it all came together. Everyone worked hard and made it happen! To the participants it looked like nothing was wrong at all!

So lessoned learned! Be nice to your course directors and be nice to your volunteers! You do not know the kind of hour, day, week, month, that they have had! I have a new found respect!


My awesome 5K graphic!!

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