7th Annual Rochelle Hospital Hustle 5k 2013

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:00am
Event Location: 
Rochelle, IL
Finish Time: 

Big PR because the course measured somewhat short. In terms of pace almost identical, maybe just a tiny bit faster than my last race. Still, placed 22 out of 236 and 4th in my age group.

Results File: 

Race Management Companies

What you *could* do, vs what people actually do, when it comes to Race Management has been bouncing in my head. In particular, a company like RC Race management. The races that I've been to that they have done have all been very competently run, but I've also got experience with them on the race director side, and their business model seems to come down to "everything is extra". I think they, and other race companies, shoot themselves in the foot by not putting their best foot forward, and also by not featuring their own brand a little more. Which is to say, I think the way to build a race business for the long run would be to promote your *own* brand as much as the individual race, and do that by making the races so good, so head and shoulders above the rest of the races not run by your company, that racers follow and build their schedule around your races and your races alone. Which is why I think that having everything be "extra" is a mistake (which lots of race companies do). *Everything* should be included, so that every race done by your race management company is the best. I think about things that a race management company could do but individual races can't because they will use it over 100 races instead of just 1. Big, bright signage and banners for starts, finishes, and mile markers. Big, bright signage for "Race here today", "This way to the race", "registration tables", "Race parking here".  Maybe things like start or finish line blowup arches. Even given what capabilities they have now, wouldn't you be more likely to go to races run where *every* race featured chip timing with start, halfway, and finish mats ? Instant online results for every race, with them also texted to your phone and posted on facebook ? Clear start and finish areas that you can see coming up for a long time ? Announcements you can hear, thanks to a PA system provided by the race management company ? Easy online registration through the same company that is managing the race ? And on the race director side, price it the same way the RD makes money and show some faith in your own ability to bring people in. I know one of the reasons we didn't go with a big company was the cost, because we had no idea how many people would ultimately sign up. If instead of $800, it had been $6-7 a racer, the race management company would ultimately have made more, but the race director would know that if 50 people signed up they wouldn't be out of pocket.

And then I also get to thinking about what a company using Chip Timing mats *could* do for "free" (meaning little/no additional day of race labor). A few 32" TVs and a computer could provide instant results at the race itself, for everyone to see. A high quality HD webcam mounted properly and tied to the chip system could provide a finishing video and finisher photo within minutes of someone's finish end for no cost to the race management company. A computer at the end with the basket of awards could do instant awards, and tell you when to hand out age group medals as people finished. In promoting the Race management company themself, you could create your own awards for running "X Race management" races that you could hand out at right as people finish, such as "5 time X race management runner", "20 time X race management runner", "250 miles with X race management" that would promote a huge amount of brand loyalty. You could enable the race directors themselves to add new categories of awards such as "best age graded time" or "most improved from last year" but without any work once you create the programs to do these things.

Get Your Rear in Gear - Ladd 5K 2013

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10:00am
Event Location: 
Ladd, IL
Finish Time: 

Ran my first PR of the year, running 1:10 off my last race (which had many more hills) and 43 seconds off the PR. The people at the front of this race took off like a shot and I ran the first mile faster than the last two by quite a bit. Ultimately a good race, relatively flat course. The race timing on this, by Starved Rock Runners, was quite well done - with large, readable race clocks at miles 1 and 2 that were 100% spot on with my Garmin and the finish clock. Pull tab timing but corral was both long and hard to exit early, so there were no issues. Finished 32nd out of 374 listed finishing, but many walkers in support of loved ones who dies from Colon cancer or in celebration of survivors.

Strides for Justice 5k 2013

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:00am
Event Location: 
Peoria Heights, IL
Finish Time: 

Finished my first 5k of the year (last one was December 31). 24:30 not bad for the hill profile, but I definitely can improve from that time for the season. MapMyRun link is missing the first 1/6 mile because my watch went all wonky - It went into power save a few seconds before the race started and then wouldn't go into training mode. 

Hardcore 5k 2012, 31st annual, Kewanee

Event Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Kewanee, IL
Finish Time: 
Finished off 2012 with a race. Not enough training for this one as it has been cold outside and the whole family has had various colds and such. Jodi still did really well though.


Post date
Whitney's Walk for Life 5k 2014 Friday, August 1, 2014 - 5:20pm
15th Annual Reagan Run 5k 2014 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 5:23pm
2014 Main Street Mile, Peoria Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 5:16pm
Steamboat Classic 2014 4mi, Peoria Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:40pm
8th Annual Rochelle Hospital Hustle 2014 5k Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 7:08pm
34 Annual Chillicothe 5k River Run Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 7:03pm
Pekin Salvation Army 5k Run/Walk 2014 Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:26pm
Morton Pumpkin Festival - Pumpkin Classic 10k Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:54am
Duck Dash & Waddle 5k 2013 Monday, August 19, 2013 - 5:42pm
14th Annual Reagan Run 5K 2013 Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 8:16pm

Event Results

Strides for Justice 5k 2014

Event Date: 
2014/09/27 - 8:00am
Finish Time: 

Morton Pumpkin Classic 10K 2014

Event Date: 
2014/09/13 - 7:30am
Finish Time: 

Peoria Zoo Run Run 5k 2014

Event Date: 
2014/08/30 - 8:30am
Finish Time: 

Robert's Run for Dyslexia 5k 2014

Event Date: 
2014/08/17 - 8:00am
Finish Time: 

2nd Annual 5k Duck Dash and Waddle 2014

Event Date: 
2014/08/09 - 8:00am
Finish Time: 

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