Two short weeks ago I was convinced that we were going to have to fold up our tent, give the handful of registrants their money back, and pretend like the Gallup Revival never happened. 80 registrations later, and I'm starting to wonder if we are going to sell this thing out.Read More
But today feels like a turning point. Hal Wolfe, the Gallup Gallop's former caretaker, emailed me with a fresh certification, which has lifted my spirits. Despite hitting the cover off the ball as a race director, Hal stepped down this year because of the time commitment that was required. He didn't have to dedicate hours of his time to meticulously measure the course on a hot summer day, construct a new map, and file the necessary paperwork to the USAF, but he did anyway. And the mensch wouldn't accept the standard wage for his labors. This anecdote tells you what kind of guy Hal is, and how much he loves this sport. If nothing else, getting to know people like Hal, Laurel Park, Brian Herrald, Nick Stanko, Ian Hancke and Doug Goodhue have made this adventure worth it.Read More
It's well documented that runners are a strange and neurotic breed. We punish our bodies in pursuit of PRs, BQs, weight loss, runner's high, clarity to make important decisions, and in some extreme instances, self actualization and enlightenment.
The thing that I sometimes forget is how irrational the sacrifices are that us junkies sometimes make.
To best illustrate my symptoms of a neurotic running enthusiast, I've sketched out a timeline of events for Sunday, May 6th.Read More
During my third lap around the park, the sun was starting to set, and endorphins were starting to buzz through my brain and tingle down my spine. As the clouds parted and gave way to light, so did the fog that was the source of my logo writer's block.
Then...SQUAWK! A pack of fierce geese shared the shit out of me as I turned a blind corner over a bridge. As soon as my heart rate slowed, a sense of relief washed over me. Anyone that runs through Gallup Park knows that it is overrun by these mean geese. On race night, they will be a part of the course just as much as the bridges and foot paths. Of course, then, an elegant yet menacing goose should be the icon of the logo. The only problem? It only lived inside my brain, and like I said, I can barely draw stick figures.Read More
Since starting my Gallup Gallop race director post about a month ago, I've had 13 race meetings, made about 57 decisions, and second guessed myself at least 100 times.
But... things are really shaping up. The Ann Arbor Track Club has been incredibly supportive of my vision for the race, especially considering the fact that this actually is my first rodeo. Despite making changes to the race's date / time of day, target audience, logo, marketing campaign, and charity partner, everyone at AATC has been unwavering in their support. Plus, their catering game for board meetings is on point, which is a serious plus for a perpetually hungry runner.Read More
It turns out that putting on a 5K takes a lot of work. Over the coming months, this running diary will document what happens behind the scenes to run a *hopefully* smooth race. If you've ever caught yourself daydreaming at the start line of a race, wondering "I wonder how this all gets done?", then swipe on some Body Glide, suck down a GU, and try to keep up! If you couldn't care less how it is that your chip timing, race shirt, and finisher's bagel happens, ignore this section of the website, and sign up for the race under the "Registration" tab.Read More