Sunday, March 16, 2008
Complaining is Allowed
At my race, complaining is allowed. So is whining. Unlike some of those Fat Ass runs where you can't complain for fear of being DQd, feel free to bitch and moan all you want at the Clinton Lake ultra. After about 20 miles of unrelenting hills, you'll start getting cranky. All I ask is that you don't take your frustrations out on my volunteers. You can give them feedback ("You should put out more S-Caps for the runners") or make requests ("Got any Chips Ahoys?"), but leave any angry diatribes for me. I'm the RD and that's my job. I'll be on the course with you too...so feel free to heap plenty of praise my way...or let the expletives fly! I'm an evaluator and I appreciate sincere feedback. How can an event get better without some critiques? All runners will receive a web feedback survey from me after the race. Let me know what you liked and didn't like. I'll send a similar survey to my race volunteers--they are in a great position to relay runner thoughts (and provide their own observations). As both a runner and RD this year, I'll have plenty of my own observations to add to the mix. I think this year will be a great one...and I plan on next year being even better. So when you are heading up hill #99 (I counted 33 per loop), just remember you signed up for this race...and that hill #99 is the LAST one on the course. From there you make a left turn onto the road, go across the lake, and into the parking lot and finish line. Congratulations...you're a finisher! All concerns will fade away as one of my volunteers puts that finisher medal around your neck.