by Marc Mills
How do you put together a race in only 6 weeks? Lists. Lots and lots of lists.
The Countryside 10k was founded and managed by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation for the past six years but decided not to continue it this year. Since this race has a good reputation and there are not many 10ks, it seemed like a good opportunity for the club to revive this race. We approached the Farm Bureau Foundation’s director who presented the opportunity to their board. They approved it at their April meeting and the Second Wind board approved it the following week at their meeting. Now with six weeks to go, there was a lot to do.
I think many of you know how this turned out. Although it was warm for running on race day, we had beautiful, sunny weather. 125 registered this year and 118 showed up and finished on race day. A tradition for the race is that finishers and volunteers get a Sidney Dairy Barn sandwich when they finish. Well, we gladly kept that tradition alive. We also had cowbells for overall and age group winners as in the past.
At the awards ceremony we drew names for giveaways. Up for grabs were six gift cards from Body n’ Sole, each worth $25, ten one-day passes to Sholem Aquatic Center, and six nice hats donated by Agrigold. I have to say that my favorite memory from the day was a group picture of all the Second Wind members who were still there after the awards ceremony. I counted 57 in the photo! (See below)
You’ve heard me say it many times and will continue to hear it, I’m really proud of our club. Whether you came out to run, or you were one of the many volunteers, THANK YOU! We could not have made this possible without your support. My hope is that we can continue and even grow this event for many years to come. It is a unique location with unique food and awards.
One more thing I shouldn’t overlook. We had a post race get together at Riggs Beer Company and about 25 showed up. It was nice to sit around and visit with others about everything and extend the event a bit longer.
The date for the 2018 Countryside will be June 2. I hope that you will add it to your race calendar for next year, and “Come run in the country!”
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of In Passing.