Near the end of 2014, I decided to step forward and volunteer for one of my area’s largest races, the Woodstock 5k, as a Co-Director and Volunteer Coordinator. It was my first year ever participating in Woodstock, as every other year something always came up during the first week in August and I simply wasn’t able to run it. I never realized how much time and effort went in to organizing a race, much less a race with an average of 1,300 runners, until I joined the Woodstock flock. I was able to see the inner workings of a 5k for which I would base all my future runs on, and essentially appreciate the dedication of each race committee much more than I had before.
I never thought of how much my life would change (and yes, I mean that quite literally) when I responded to a Facebook post calling for volunteers to co-direct the race. I spent the next several months making new contacts, responding to floods of e-mails, organizing a virtual race bag, and much more, but in the end it was totally worth it. With the proceeds from Woodstock, we were able to donate more than $10,000 dollars to local charities including United Cerebral Palsy and the Special Olympics. It was truly a life-altering experience that, through the efforts of so many individuals, I eventually realized Woodstock was about much more than just running.
The 2015 race marked the end of the tenure of the now former race director, Haley, who has handed the reins over to me for the 2016 race season. As of October 12, 2015, I have officially been named the Woodstock 5K Race Director and am in the process of pulling this brainstorm together!
Woodstock is now in its 36th year, making it the oldest footrace in the southeast, and I have some pretty big shoes to fill. Haley was able to end her directorship by gathering almost 1,600 runners to the start line, so I shouldn’t be nervous about carrying on that legacy, right? Errrmm…
I’ll be providing some behind-the-scenes posts regarding Woodstock on my blog, so make sure to subscribe now to ensure you get all of the updates. You can also check out Woodstock’s digital home at www.woodstock5k.com.
We’re always looking for sponsors, vendors, and volunteers, so hit me up if you’d like to lend a hand at this truly memorable event. You won’t regret it!
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