I can’t believe it has been almost three weeks since I planned and directed my first community wide 5k. It has always been a goal of mine and in July I took a leap of faith and decided to do it. It took me about 4 months to plan. It was defiantly challenging-I had no planning committee and limited funds. With this being my first fundraising event for my non profit I had to pay for the race site, promotional material and miscellaneous things myself. I was able to get the post race food, bibs, mile parkers, and PA system donated. I was very thankful for the sponsors and donations I received from Whole Foods, Fleet Feet, Try Sports, Nature’s Bakery, NatureBox, Road I.D, I’ON Club and Trader Joe’s. For the post race activities we had vendors from Black Bean Co, Verde , Healthy Home Foods, My Gym Kids Fitness Center, and Journey Cycling and Fitness Studio.
Before the morning started there was a chance of rain and it actually stormed that night. I was so nervous, but believed I hadn’t come this far for it to rain on me. There was a light drizzle,but it turned out to be a great morning to run. The race course was a beautiful paved trail through the Mt.Pleasant County Park. It was a good location for families to run together. Along with the 5k we also had a 1 mile kids run and 50 yard fun run.
I spent most of the morning making sure everything ran smoothly, volunteers where in place and people were happy. The best part of the race was seeing all the children and parents running together. Check out some of the kids who attended! One school brought 30 kids ages 6-12. So amazing!
For our race warm up we did a few Zumba songs and the kids loved it!
I had a goal of having 200 participants and we had about 180. It was an amazing experience and I will defiantly do it again next year!
For more information about upcoming events go to Generationhealthykids.org