Monday, February 4, 2013

Superbowl 10K Race Director Report


Yesterday marked my 4th year directing the Lehigh Valley Road Runners Superbowl 10K, it's 12th running.  This year's race sold out at 550 runners in record time, less than 3 weeks.  Over the previous three years mother nature dealt her share of Superbowl weekend weather, everything from 8+ inches of snow to paralyzing ice.  But each year we were able to roll with it, and our hearty runners and incredible volunteers found a way to get it done regardless of the conditions.

Yesterday was no different.  A coating of a couple inches of snow overnight left a picturesque setting and snow covered roads.  But, 437 finishers still braved the conditions of this winter race to help make it a success.
And they're off!
I ran the course early in the morning to mark the miles off since the snow had covered the paint I put down the day before.  It was snow covered, but nothing my trail shoes couldn't handle.

A little snow could damper the Superbowl spirit!
A picturesque morning!
The event is put on by our club, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR)and they're an incredible group.  They made the day operate like a well oiled machine, from setup and registration to timing and clean up.  And all of the work is for two great causes.  LVRR awards over $70,000 per year to local running through scholarships and grants, this race itself raises approximately $8,000 for LVRR.  The race also raises nearly $2,000 annually for the HCM Foundation, a small local cancer charity which provides services to families dealing with cancer.

The two leaders about 4 1/2 miles into the race.
Overall, a win-win for everyone involved.  The runners get to burn off some pre-Superbowl pary calories and kick off the 2013 race season while the local community benefits from the proceeds the event generates.
Runners warming up by the fire enjoying the post race spread of home made soup, soft pretzels and pizza!

Lauren and the kids were a big help as well.  It's great to come together as a family and teach the kids the value of being active and giving back to the community.

The local newspaper, The Morning Call, was on hand and go some great photos and put together a great video as well.

Video: http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=91006&sitesection=&VID=24306906

Photo gallery: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pictures-superbowl-10k-run-20130203,0,6482377.

RESULTS: http://lvrr.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/LVRR_2013SB10K_Overall.pdf

A special thanks to all of our sponsors as well.  The Finish Line Running Store, Aardvark Running Store, Brooks Running, PowerBar 

2 comments:

  1. WOW! Sounds like a fantastic race - and you do have a fantastic running community! Congrats on the funds raised! (And it looks cold as hell there!)

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  2. Looks like it was a success! Congrats & well done!

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