This is going to be one MUDDY race.
The thick mud will make it hard to PR, but hopefully the runners will still be able to have a fun race. They might need a weird sense of humor to make that happen, but it's possible.
I've learned a few things along the way about planning a race, but my biggest takeaway is that it takes a team of people because it takes so much work to make it happen.
Originally I was going to run the 50K, but since my body currently has the "Out of Order" sign on it, I'll be there all day as a volunteer instead. I'll be sitting on my ass at one of the aid stations watching mud-covered runners try to eat Oreos and potato chips with cold hands. By the third loop on that tough muddy course, the runners will probably have forgotten how to even drink water.
It's not just a 50K, there is also a 10.5 mile and 21 mile option. Since we don't have medals for those finishers, we decided to give them each a bag of Valentine's day candy. After assembling 90 of those things yesterday, I never want to see candy ever again. Well, that's a lie but that was a shit ton of candy to sort through.
If you're coming out for the race, look for me at the start or at aid station two. I'll be the person gimping around or sitting on my ass with a vaguely pained facial expression. My game plan for getting through the day involves pilfering Coke and Oreos from the aid station table and hoping I get too cold to feel any pain.
We have about 90 runners pre-registered, but we do have race day registration starting at 6:30am if you decide you'd like to come out for a fun muddy trail run! It's going to be a really fun day!
Have you ever planned a race? What did you think was the hardest part? I thought the hardest part was coordinating all the people who wanted to help and making sure no tasks were forgotten or done twice.
Any tips on staying warm while sitting outside in 32 degree weather for 7 hours? I don't have much experience in this.