Aaaahhhh, let’s get excited, y’all! It’s officially “Woodstock Season”! Now that I’m done with the Anniston Christmas Parade and it’s planning, I finally have time to devote myself full force to Woodstock. I’ve been doing a few things here and there, but I really kicked it in to gear this past week.
Here’s a super quick update:
- I was able to update and finalize the new 2016 logo with the help of Sean and Steven from the Opportunity Center. These guys are amazing and I love working with them. I recently discovered Sean is in to Game of Thrones, so he’s moved pretty high up on my list of cool people now. I love when I find people that are as in to GOT as I am because that means I spend less time on the GOT Wikia and more time having an actual social life.
Here’s the logo we came up with:
Hella awesome, right!? I think it’s pretty sharp. I decided I really wanted a “fresh” and “clean” look to the logo since I’m coming in as a new race director with a few “fresh” ideas. Plus, the 3 color logo held our costs down, so really it was a win-win.
Did you notice the shout out to Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) in there? That’s because we’ve been chosen once again as the southern region championship race! If you are clueless as to why this is a big deal, let me break it down. The goal of the RRCA Championship Series is to help increase participation in area races. It shines a spotlight on well-run events and also awards top runners with cash prizes! This designation helps to attract sponsors and media attention to our event, so I’m super stoked that our friends are RRCA chose us one again. Y’all, this is HUGE!
- Since the logo has been finalized, I was able to pick out a t-shirt color. As a runner, this is a big deal to me because I hate to pay for and receive a shirt that I think is, well, ugly. I didn’t want to go with the same colors as previous years (remember, “fresh” and “new” ideas) so I chose a color that I am not sure has ever been chosen before. I’m going to wait to make the shirt color public until I fill the ARC board in on my plans, so for now you’ll just have to shiver with anticipation.
- I’ve said “Bye, bye!” to the Virtual Race Bag. I understand that it’s an awesome “go green” effort, but I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the VRB and a majority of the feedback about it is negative. We spend a lot of money on the VRB and I think we miss out on a lot of sponsorship opportunity from it, so I’m moving us back to an actual bag. I haven’t decided exactly what kind of bag to use, so I’ll need a little more time to figure out something that is going to be cost effective and attractive to the runners, too.
- We’re still working on getting sponsors, which is a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. I’m throwing around some ideas in my head of what to give our sponsors in exchange for their monetary donation, but there’s only so much I can do with a 5K. I’m open to ideas, so if you’ve got one please feel free to throw it my way.
- I’m still looking for Co-Directors and especially a Volunteer Coordinator (VC). I was the VC last year and I can tell you it is a lot of work, but I have significantly simplified the process with the help of some contact information sheets and an assignment spreadsheet. The VC this year will just need to contact the volunteers from last year to see if they would like to volunteer again this year and, if so, will need to plug them in to the assignment spreadsheet. This is a big job in itself, but a majority of the work can be done through email. I did very little calling or texting last year with it and I had over 200 volunteers show up. Plus I’ve made some pretty good contacts since helping with the parade, so I think finding volunteers may be much easier than last year. I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth, though, so if you’d like to lend a hand the week of the race, please feel free to contact me any time. We can never have too many volunteers!
- I’m throwing around the idea of commemorative finisher medals, but I’ve met some resistance. The people I speak to are sort of half and half on this issue, so I really think it will come down to how cost effective this is and how much more work it might put on the Registration Chair (if any) and those putting together the bags. Ideally, we’ll need a tent set up post-race with a list of those who purchased a medal when registering, so it will require at least two volunteers to man the tent.
I have a little bit more information, but I’m going to wait until I discuss it with the Board before I share it. I just wanted to do a quick update to let everyone know that Woodstock 2016 is already in the works.
If you haven’t already marked your calendars, make sure to note August 6, 2016 as race day! Remember: I’m open to ideas and feedback, so please comment here and let me know what you think. Come join the Woodstock Flock- you’ll be glad you did.