The post race festivities at the Pumpkin Run were great. Awards, music, games, and a push up contest highlighted the evening. There was hot apple cider, coffee, and, of course, pie from the seejanerun volunteers. There were very little refreshments left over at the end.
The push up contest is here to stay! We had a lot of participation from both genders and I think it turned out great!
We had requests for a costume contest this year, but we just couldn’t get it together fast enough. We’ll definitely try to include that next year. These two would’ve been vying for victory:
We’d also like to include some sort of award if you can bring your socks from each of the four years of the Pumpkin Run. We haven’t thought of what the award might be, but if you can show us all four years worth of socks, you deserve something!
Until next year!
The Pumpkin Run went off quite smoothly. There should be no surprise who won the race. John Hinton has won the race every year we’ve had it. A few more wins for John and we’ll have to rename the race after him.
The women’s race was won by Joan Nesbit Mabe (her blog is here). For every year up until this one, Joan has been the race director. I took over this year and giving Joan the chance to run.
We had a slight mixup in the results (due to a bandit). I’ll be posting the corrected results shortly. They’ll be posted here.
It was great to see such awesome participation this year. Joan and I marvelled at some kids whose time improved leaps and bounds from last year’s Pumpkin Run.
The day of the Pumpkin Run got off to a cold start. We had 24 large pumpkins sitting outside our door and Joan attached the carving kits to each one and loaded them in our car. I went to the Pumpkin Run site and found a calm and serene trail – the calm before the storm, perhaps.
Mike Porco brought his ladder and attached one side of the finish line banner to a tree.
Jason Page and I carried the mile markers to the appropriate spots and marked the course with orange ribbons. We also cleared a little bit of trash from the course. The facilities folks from UNC really did an excellent job preparing the course. They smoothed out a very rough part of the course and put down some dirt to smooth an uneven part towards the finish.
Nicole Mendes and company did a great job preparing the site at the YMCA. Seejanerun and the volunteers from the Y brought everything together for a great post race party.
Today is the day. There is still quite a bit of work to be done to prepare for the race: mark the course, flag the trails, raise the banner, set up the Y, and many other things. I better get going.
Hope to see you there!
The Pumpkin Run socks have arrived and they look great! Giving away socks to the runners instead of yet another t-shirt is something that we’ve done every year. It’s one thing that makes our race unique. In the past we’ve purchased the socks from DeFeet, but this year we’re using Save Our Soles. The service and delivery was excellent and the socks are great! We’ve put this year’s logo on the sock and in my opinion, these turned out the best of any of the socks yet. If you were lucky enough to get your registration in on time, we hope you like this year’s socks!
Eeek! The Pumpkin Run 4K is already full. I have the feeling that there are going to be a lot of disappointed people who didn’t get their entry in on time. While we have filled up every year, this is by far the quickest ever. Is it because of our Google page rank strategy that I blogged about a while back? That probably played a small part, I think. Once things calm down a little, I’ll analyze the data and see how much our Google rank helped out.
If you really wanted to get in the race and didn’t register in time, I’m truly sorry. I just received an email yesterday from someone who has run the race every year and tried to register just hours after we had to close it.
We are brainstorming trying to think of creative ways to allow more runners next year – or perhaps not. The Pumpkin Run has always been a small, intimate, and cozy event and we like it that way – that’s what Joan has tried to create. That said, we feel bad that there will be far more people that want to run the race than we’ll be able to handle. This is something that we’ll be wrestling with for a while.
For those that did get your registration in on time, we’ll see you in about 3 weeks! If you didn’t, I have created a form on the Pumpkin Run site where you can add your email to our announcement list for next year. That way you’ll be among the first notified when online registration opens up next year.
The Pumpkin Run preparations continue to go on behind the scenes. Joan is in the process of decorating the window at Fleet Feet in Carrboro. The Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA continues to get donations and gift certificates that will be used as the prizes for the race.
Also, registrations (both online and offline) are well ahead of last year’s pace. At this rate, the race will likely fill up much sooner than last year. If you want to run the race and haven’t signed up yet, I encourage you to do so soon!
We’ve been hard at work preparing for the Pumpkin Run, getting prizes and refreshments donated, working with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA to prepare the site, and brainstorming about ways we can make this year’s race even better than the previous years’.
One of the ideas we’ve come up with is a push up contest. We got this idea from the Owl’s Roost Trial Half Marathon in Greensboro. Right before the awards, we’ll have a contest to see who can do the most push-ups – only race participants allowed. We’ll have a male and female division with the winner of each taking home an as of yet undetermined prize.
So start doing those sets of push-ups now to prepare!
Inspired by this site, I created a map of the Pumpkin Run course using the newly released Google Maps API.
Here is the link to the map: http://pumpkin.runningland.com/map/. It shows a satellite Google Map view of the Pumpkin Run course and draws a line along the trail little by little from start to finish.
Read on to see how I did it.
If you are a race director, why should you take the time to worry about your search engine rank for your race’s web site? What if your site doesn’t show up on the first result page on Google for a search term that identifies your race – does it really matter? Absolutely. Read on to find out why Google can be crucial to your online race registration.