The date for the 2005 Pumpkin Run is now set. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th at 5:00 PM. I got official permission from the office of the vice chancellor of UNC, Tony Waldrop, who controls access to facilities at the university. They gave me a release form that all participants will have to sign.
I’m working now to get the web site in working order – it hasn’t been updated since last year. I’ve been starting to look at Google Maps to get a good satellite photo of the race course. I searched Google Maps for an address that I knew was close to the course, then clicked on the Satellite link. I didn’t realize that the “Link to this page” link on Google updates to the zoom and coordinates of whatever you are looking at. However, you have to remove the “q=” portion of the link like this – otherwise the map drifts over to the address you originally searched for. You can actually see the outline of the trail that the race is run on, but I’ll use a photo editing tool to outline it as well.
We are probably going to advertise in the Running Journal, a magazine that has a race calendar that many runners in the area look at for races. I think we could fill up the race without it however.