The team works for almost the entire year getting ready for the next year's event. You write e-mails to countless corporations asking for support, make sure you have insurance and a safe course for the runners to run on. Everyone on the team works with out worrying about themselves to ensure we put on a tremendous event to raise money to help research to find a cure to Cystic Fibrosis.
By race day you have already stuffed all the pre-registered runners bags with shirts, energy gel , biofreeze and pamphlets. This year we were very fortunate to have the McClellan Park Medical Mall as the race start and finish with use of the building. We also had a local band providing music throughout the race. ( it was their first ever gig)
The race set up goes pretty smooth except for losing a box on the road to the race. It was a pretty important one since it had all of our cups for the drink stations. This was yet a small hiccup during this years event and we were able to power through it.
Volunteers are amazing and helped us to man water stations, ensure dark areas of the course had light and the race was timed correctly and we greatly appreciate all of them.
By 730 PM the registrations were at 251. This is a great number. We start the Haley's Kids race and the youngsters took off quick. The young winner finished in just over 4 minutes then went on to run the 5K less then 30 minutes later. He also placed in his age group there. by 8 PM all the runners who would take to the streets of historic McClellan were lined up. Randy gave the pre-race instructions then counted them down to start.
Although it was after 8 at night and the temp had lowered a bit, the humidity was the key factor to the race this year. The winner crossed the finish line in just over 17 minutes with the runner up right on his heals. It was a great race with the runners led and followed by the Anniston Police Department. A huge thanks to the APD.
When it was all over we had over 210 finishers and had raised over 11,000 to go to research.
Huge thanks go out to all of our Sponsors especially : Taylor Construction, RoadID, GU and Biofreeze.
Oh yeah planning has already begun for next year and we are less than 51 weeks away from executing the 6th annual race. Hope to see ya'll there!!! Go to www.haleysteam.com for updates throughout the year.