Just 1/10 of a mile left

Just 1/10 of a mile left


By Randee Bergen

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Of course, a 5K can’t be a perfect three miles; that’d make too much sense. A 5K is 3.1 miles long, but it’s that final tenth that’s so much fun. That final tenth when the finish line is in sight.

This weekend, I labored through the last stages of my 5K. I’ve been steadily planning the Lincoln OM ROARing to Run 5K – a joint effort between Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School and the Mesa Monument Striders running club – for the past four months. The event is happening this Saturday, April 19, and I’ve only got a few days now to get all of the remaining details in place.

Just a short distance until I reach that final tenth of this run I’ve been running.

I want to say first of all that though this project has been like an extra half-time job for me, I have had a great time with it. The learning curve has been challenging and I’ve enjoyed thinking about how to make this race the best it can be.

Here are the highlights:

  • A flat, straightforward course starting and ending at the school.
  • Low registration fees – just $5 for kids.
  • More than 30 volunteers with many of them on the course to help cheer on the runners and keep children safe.
  • Post-race snacks.
  • Raffle tickets for a kid’s mountain bike.
  • Lots and lots of door prizes.
  • Popcorn for sale.
  • The school’s bathrooms and drinking fountains handy (no port-a-potties!).
  • Music rocking the race scene.
  • Covered areas in case of inclement weather.
  • Finisher awards for all kids.
  • Age group prizes.
  • The National Anthem.

I’ve completed most of this race, meaning that I’ve put forth most of the mental and physical energy necessary for this race to happen. I’ve learned how to time races, ran several possible routes, secured insurance, checked into permits, created a website, designed a race T-shirt, set registration fees and age groups, selected awards, accepted and stockpiled donated door prizes, planned race day snacks and registration goodie bags, created and distributed flyers, organized a running club at the school to get the students fired up about and trained for the race, lined up volunteers, held committee meetings and rounded up sponsors.

Thank you to the race committee and the support of the Mesa Monument Striders for helping all of the above come to fruition.

This weekend, I spent nearly 12 hours in my classroom (which doubles as my 5K planning and storage headquarters) making signs, preparing the results boards, stuffing race bags and sending emails to all the volunteers with their assignments and instructions.

I think I’ve got enough accomplished and feel ready enough to go with this event to say that the first three miles are done.

And now I’ve got just that final tenth to go, the fun part where I know all of my hard work is about to pay off. The finish line is in sight, right before my eyes. I’ll be crossing it Saturday as the event starts, happens and concludes.

I’m excited. I truly believe it’s going to be a fun time for all – runners and volunteers alike. And what an awesome way to build school-community relations and pride.

A shout-out to all the businesses that are supporting this race in various ways: Bicycle Outfitters, Mesa Monument Striders, Fiesta Guadalajara, Reddy Ice, Domino’s Pizza, Fairground Wine and Liquor, Meadowgold Dairy, Chipotle, Octopus Coffee, Supercuts, Smiles in There Photography, Randy’s Diner, A&R Enterprise and Silo Adventure Center.

Looking for something to active to do Saturday? Something healthy and fun and that supports a local school? Look no further than the ROARing to Run 5K!

Randee Bergen is a single mother of two teenagers and an elementary school teacher. Read her every other Friday on Healthy Mesa County.     


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