I got called out of the blue a few days back and asked to participate in a two hour discussion group being conducted by a 3rd party survey company on behalf of the Army 10 Miler race organization. In exchange for my time (during the evening), they’ll be paying me fifty smackaroo’s! Hey, I’m easy (no, not that kinda easy…well..actually, on second thought…)!
It sounds like they might be grouping us into discussion groups by age, because when I asked what time it was her answer was ‘depends on how old you are’. After I told her, then she gave me my assigned time slot. It’s super close by to where I live, only about a 5 minute drive – so it’s easy for me to participate and provide my feedback – with the hopeful goal of improving the race.
I was honestly fine with all of the things that affected me during the race this year. I didn’t have any issues with water when I came through, or any other on-course issues. But, I do recognize very well that it didn’t go so well for many others though. Most of my comments will be more logistical in nature. For example – a friend mentioned (and I agreed) that at the finish line there was no place to just sit in the shade waiting for others. It was merely a vast parking lot wasteland. Having some big tents (even just over the concrete) would have been very useful for those waiting for others.
I figure they know the ‘obvious’ things – i.e. – like not having water or not enough finishers medals. I’m sure those mistakes will NEVER be made again. It’s the less obvious things I’d like to focus on providing feedback for, or the things that may not have been brought up a many times thus far.
Another example is that while many of the small organization tents (most for different military units) were available at the finish ‘expo’, it was not at all clear if they were open to the general population. I (and others I talked with) found this a bit of a turnoff as all of the after-race stuff seemed heavily geared towards just those groups, sorta like a big private party. While I’m sure I would have been welcomed at some booths/tents – that’s not the general feeling I got walking around.
So… if you have any feedback you want me to pass along, either post here – or if it’s more private in nature – shoot me an e-mail using the link on the side. I definitely want to help them make it a better race!