Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Process of Planning a Race Part 3: Race Day!

Race Planning Part 3

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared a mini series of sorts about the process of planning a race.

It’s important to note that I am not a professional “race planner” – I’m a registered nurse who is very involved with our local American Cancer Society. In the process of it all, we decided to host a “Gleaux Run 5K” and I volunteered to head it all up. This was my first race to host and it was a huge one for our area so I was rather nervous. Thankfully, everything went off without any major issues and the race ran smooth (literally speaking)!

We had over 640 registered runners/walkers at our event and we raised almost $15,000 in the fight against cancer!!

Here’s links to Part 1 and 2 and also a link to a recap of the race itself:

In Part 3, I share a vlog of the process leading up to the race. This includes week-of planning, race day setup, and the event itself.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini-series and I  hope that through this, I was able to help a fellow beginner with their race-planning process.

Can’t wait for next year! We are looking forward to another great event!

16 comments:

  1. It's definitely a lot of work planning a race! Great job with a successful race!

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    1. I agree, but so worth it! Thanks, Mindy!! :)

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  2. Glad that your race was such a success!

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  3. Congrats on a very successful race!!!

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  4. What a great success! I so love your v-logs! While watching, I so wish I was closer to be able to participate it looked like so much fun! It's nice to see how much work goes on to setting up one of those events, something I would love to do one day.
    @heatherlas

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    1. Thanks, Heather! It's definitely a lot of work, but it's so rewarding in the end! :)

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  5. I had to just go back and read through your entire series, because this caught my attention.
    A month ago I was contacted and asked to help put on a local 5k (it was last Saturday) and I said yes not knowing what I was really getting into.
    I attended the first planning meeting only to discover that the race they were planning was in about a month and they hadn't even picked a course or called on permits... I ended up being the only person on the committee who knew anything about race planning and I really only know from what I experience while running other races.
    Though I would never help plan one that quick again, it ended up going pretty well. We had about 125 participants which I decided was pretty good for a first time race that we only promoted for about 20 days... (not my choice) Anyhow, I really enjoyed your series, I wish I had come across this a few weeks ago as I was helping with the planning! I bookmarked it for future use though:)

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    1. That's really neat! Bravo to you for helping pull off an event in such a short amount of time - I would have been in panic mode! 125 participants is a great number - that's the average 5K here! Great job!! :)

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  6. OMG That is amazing you raised $15,000!! Way to go!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I was excited we were able to raise that much - everything worked out so well!

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  7. Wow, that is amazing! You rock!!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It was a ton of work but so rewarding in the end!

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  8. That is absolutely fantastic that you raised so much money and did such a great job.....however, be prepared to be asked to help with many other races in the future. You are a natural!

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    1. Oh yes, I can see that coming! We have a term called "Volun-TOLD" instead of "Volunteered"...hah.Thanks, Pam! I enjoy the planning process of things! :)

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