Monday, March 16, 2009

Medal of honor

At our 46th Citizen's Bank Caesar Rodney Half marathon held Sunday we had a fabulous turnout on a perfect day to run. 1425 finishers in the half marathon and another 151 in the 5k. These numbers do not include the NO shows. All went well on route. Some intersections got a bit busy with runners coming and going and I am sure I will get a phone call or two about this issue. Water stops worked out well and our volunteers did an outstanding job. 17 of my course volunteers received a FREE 5k pre entry into any races2run 5k in 2009 for their help. One issue that came up at the end of the day. "Why did you run out of finisher medals?" That is something that was not meant to happen. We ordered 1200 medals 4 months prior to race day. Our contact at Citizens Bank (our title sponsor) designed, ordered and paid for these medals. So that means that 225 folks were shut out. Why? Couple reasons. One.....our contact at Citizens Bank retired a month prior to race day and two once we realized we were going to have more runners than finisher medals we tried to reorder but it would have taken 5 weeks to have them in hand. I had a few folks at the race ask me if they would receive medals in the mail and as far as i know the American Lung Assoc. is going to reorder. What would have happened if we limited the field to 1200? We would not have had this problem but it is not something we want to consider since this road race is a major fundraiser for ALA. We made a mistake and I am the first to apologize.