today was the run for clean water 5K. this has been in the works since early august when james' sister approached us with the idea of holding a charity race for her NPO breaking ground. they are currently working to raise funds to build a water pump and implement a hygiene program in a small community in cameroon. this will bring clean water to 3,500 people living in the village.
everything went well with the planning and organizing, and i learned a lot through the process (more advertising! more advertising!). the biggest hurdle for us was the perfectly timed snow storm. not only did it cause a lot of pre-race stress and scrambling to make sure everything would hold up in the wet and cold weather, but it also left us with very few participants (fewer than the few we already had).
we ended up with 17 total runners -- they were all awesome and everyone had a great attitude about the weather. the amount of snow that fell went from being a nuisance to comical. it was relentless. the course was covered in deep snow and was coming down so hard that we couldn't keep up with any sort of shoveling. james marked the entire course with arrows and cones, only to discover that the snow buried them, so he had to go back a readjust everything. i had a difficult time with our timing system because my hands were so cold that i couldn't punch in the bib numbers correctly. everyone was in good spirits though, and patient and understanding, which we appreciate. it was fun to see everyone have a good time and make the most of a pretty silly situation.
we are planning to organize another race next spring/summer, and hopefully we will have better weather next time. we now know a bit more about what we are doing and we are armed a lot of race equipment (finish chute, bibs, timing system, cones, etc), which is nice. it will definitely cost less next time around.
thanks again to everyone who came out today -- adam, ken, rossy -- you were all great sports and it was great to see you there. a big shout out to maurine as well for being willing to volunteer and being so helpful in all areas.
so much to learn. this was such a small race yet we still had plenty to do, and in my opinion, there is so much more that we could have done to make it better. we took notes and we'll give it a go again in a few months.
a few pictures of some hard core runners -- courtesy of james and his warm, functioning hands (that sounds creepy, but seriously it's a joke).
results (we used an app called RaceSplitter -- highly recommended as an inexpensive yet effective timing system. very user-friendly and super smooth to use. our timing issues came from operator error [allie], not the app itself).
congratulations to our overall winners, andrew and devra.