Thursday, August 25, 2011

Big Weekend Coming

Wow, I didn't realize that it has been a long time since my last post.

The busy-ness continues in full force as the final mile of the WELS Kids Marathon is set for this Saturday evening. 431 kids signed up this year and we anticipate about 300 showing up for the final event. There is sooooooo much that needs to happen in such a small amount of time. The bags are all packed. The shirts are all rolled (a cool look I saw in a race this year). The medals are delivered and so are the water bottles for everyone. I ran all over town last night picking up supplies and prizes and tying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row.

I went to the stadium last night and noticed they put up some bleachers right where I was going to have my registration tables. Just need to redesign is all.

The music CDs are burned and ready to be played. Let me tell you, this is not as easy as it sounds. I try to get some newer music that kids like and I am just not that familiar with. Taylor Swift always makes the list but I have to make sure all the other songs are "Safe" for kids ears. I don't need complaints about the music being not appropriate. Sorry Katy Perry, you are out! I was complimented the last 2 years on the music selection so I hope it continues.

We have a ton of cool door prizes for the kids. Barnes & Noble Gift Cards, Milwaukee Bucks Tickets, Ice Skating Passes for the Pettit Center, Green Bay Packers Books and Water Bottles, and a few of the local running stores have donated gift certificates. I can't wait until Saturday evening, it is so cool seeing the kids finish their marathon.

But before that on Saturday morning, I am my own marathon. My friends Dana and Chris are running the full marathon with me (or more specifically, ahead of me), and Paul is running the half marathon (He is doing a triathlon on Sunday). We are running the Eisnebahn Marathon just north west of Milwaukee by 45 minutes. It is in its second year so I don't know what to expect except that it is a relatively small marathon (last year just under 200 runners in the full) and it is run 80% on a crushed limestone bike path. Not any big hills and a net down hill of a bit. It travels mostly South so it is good that the forecast calls for winds from the North. I do not plan on running this one hard, more like a good, long training run. I hope Chris and Dana don't leave without me.

So a VERY busy weekend up ahead. It should be a blast though.

Keep on Running!!!


misszippy said...

HUGE weekend you have ahead of you! So great that you are putting the kids tri together--what an effort!

I think your marathon sounds great. My very first (back in '98) was about 300 people and on a crushed limestone path. I really liked it. Best of luck to you!!

Beth said...

Wow! You are super busy! It's amazing how much effort and planning goes into events. I bet everything is great as it sounds like you have put so much thought and care into the whole thing. Hope the marathon is awesome and enjoy your big day!