Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Planning the Race Instead of Running It

Have you ever planned a 5K?

It's good times, let me tell you.

I've mentioned a few times that I'm involved with doing volunteer work at Mercy Ministries, a non-profit here in Nashville that helps young women struggling with various issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, depression, etc.  They have a home here in Nashville as well as homes in Louisiana, Missouri and California.  It's an organization that I really believe is changing lives for the good, and I'm always so happy to give some of my time to doing things that help make that happen.

In May, I signed on as Event Chair for the First Annual Run for Mercy 5K Run and Family Walk.

It's finally going to actually happen on Saturday.

It's been quite the journey.  I've worked with an amazing committee to publicize the race, get business sponsors and donations, and plan all of the nitty gritty details that need to be dealt with to make a 5K happen.

There's a good bit to it, but everything has really been falling into place.  It's been amazing to be part of this process and see everything come together.

There's still a good bit of work to do in these final three days before the race, but I realized today that I don't feel stressed out over it.  Sure, it's keeping me busy, and sure, I can't hardly think about anything else but the race... but it's been fun.  And rewarding.  And exciting.  And I'm looking forward to seeing the event come to fruition on Saturday.

We like to dream big, so we originally set a goal of having 200 people signed up.  As of today? 315.

We also wanted to raise $50,000.  As of today, we're halfway there with $25,000.  We believe it's possible to get closer to our goal before it's all said and done.

If you have any interest in making a donation and supporting this organization, you can do so by clicking on this link.

If you live in Nashville and would like to join my team and run the 5K, you can sign up by clicking on this link. Registration closes at midnight end of day Wednesday, but we will have race day registration at the park for $25.

My posting may be sparse... or might not make sense... or may not exist at all until I get this event behind me.  I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.  

11 comments:

Rachel H. said...

What a great race and great cause...way to go for being so dedicated and taking the time to do something like this!!

emily said...

thats awesome! i would love to get involved in getting a race started in columbus. when did the planning for this start?-just curious how long the total process is!

Jamie said...

that's very cool! I always wondered what it would be like to put on a race. good luck and can't wait to hear how it all goes.

Sharon said...

How fun & way to go with the fundraising! It sounds like a lot of work, but the payoff of helping all those women is so well worth it :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Very cool that you had the opportunity to plan something like that!! I think I would like to do that one day - it would definitely be a lot of work though!

kilax said...

What a neat thing to do! I have always wondered how races get set up! I hope we get to hear some of the details behind it :)

Sarah said...

This is so awesome! I've always thought about how interesting it would be to be on the other side of the race! I hope it all goes well :)

Nicole said...

You are probably one of the most thoughtful people i have ever met. Seriously you are so amazing for doing this! If i lived in nashville or anywhere near nashville, you bet id be right there beside you! Have fun and GOOD LUCK!!!! xoxoxoxo

hugs & love from MI!

Love to Run said...

Melanie,
As you know, I put on a race (sort of) myself and it is just like you have described it. Lots of work but very rewarding. Make sure you get a chance to stop for a few seconds during the event to soak it all in. All those poeple who attend would not be there if it wasn't for all the work you did. And all the ladies at Mercy who need the help are reaping the benefits of your had work as well.

Good Luck on Race Day! I pray for a smooth event for you.

The Northerner said...

What a great experience!

Amanda said...

I bet it takes so much work to put on a successful race. Good luck, I hope this one is a huge success!