I have definitely landed in the perfect job for me. It's funny how life works out... this time last year I was miserable in my job, and it was affecting my entire life (even though I tried hard not to let it.) It took a while to get here, but now I have an amazing job with some of the greatest people I've ever had the pleasure to work with!
I have spent much of my time since starting this job planning for the Boot Run 5K that we held here about a month ago. It is always funny how quickly the actual events go after you spend months of hard work planning for them.
On Friday, we held packet pickup all day at a local hotel. I was super excited to hear the runners pick up their shirts and go on and on about how much they loved them. (I ordered a really nice shade of blue - people are tired of white shirts!) I had a few small fires to put out that day (as is typical in event planning... something always comes up at the last minute), but it was a super fun day and things went smoothly.
We moved over to the McConnell House in Franklin to host our Celebration of Freedom party that night. People enjoyed food, drinks, music and a silent auction. I was worn out, but it was still a fun evening. Plus, it's always nice to have a reason to dress up a bit!
On Saturday, I was up at 4:30am to get everything set up for the 5K. The next 6 hours flew by as we got vendors set up, volunteers in place, runners checked in, and so on and so forth. Before I knew it, the race started and the runners were off. After the race, we had tons of food and music going. It had been cloudy and cool all morning (which was perfect), but the rain held off until we finished the awards.
It was such a fun morning, and I realized I was really in my element. I am so made to be planning events, in particular races... and in particular to raise money for a good cause.
This was our first time to do this race, and we had 450 runners and raised $46,000!!!
I'm already starting on our Memorial Day 5K for 2013 as well as basic planning for the Boot Run 5K in 2013. I'm also working with a few folks to see if we can plan a Boot Run in some other places.
If you ever want to learn more about Not Alone and our services that we provide for veterans and their families to help them in dealing with PTSD and combat stress, please let me know! You can email me at work at melanie.blair [at] notalone [dot] com.