Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How do you do it?

My largest event is the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run walk held in October. This event started out as a womens only 5k run walk at Rockford Park. We moved this event to the Wilmington Riverfront a few years back. The event went from the Women's only 5k to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Womens only run. Last year we had over 5,000 folks walk and run to "Fight Breast Cancer." Problem was we could not get folks in and out of the Riverfront.....just way too much traffic. So.....another move in 2009. This time to Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. Our first meeting was last Thursday. We talked about venues for this event and we all agreed that Rodney Square works best. The folks at the American Cancer Society wanted to move back a week to Sunday, Oct. 18th. Plus it was up to me to map out a new route. I stepped out of the meeting ....made one phone call to my connection in the City of Wilmington and got a verbal ok for proposed route that i came up with. Next step was to secure date with Special Events in the Mayors Office. One phone call and done. Next I needed to fill out permit (24 pages) and drop off at Cultural Affairs Office. I then sent one email to my contact for the Buddy Walk run. They were able to move back a week to the 24th. Strides was now set for the 18th and with the 11th now open the Delaware Distance Classic 15k decided they too wanted to move back a week to get off of Bike to the Bay weekend. This is what i do.....a phone call email there and you have 3 different organizations working together to make thing work. is good. Just had to juggle some things around.