PLUS + Use the event insurance for future events ? We also need to have flexibility in the future if postponement of event due to whatever reasons. + No lost bus driver this year ! + Had an abundance of volunteers in early morning. + Picnic table arrangement, kitchen tables, shelter canopies over serving area, table cloth covers, & trail chutes were all set up by 6:30 am + Kitchen area much better organized before cooks & helpers arrived. + 70 stakes was about right for entire race usage. I'm sure we lost or broke many. + Having both a lowboy fridge & freezer worked well this year. Both before & on race days + Cold, iced towels (25?) were brought out by Dave at AS4. They had to hose off & wring out several times as it was a popular item for finishers. + Pulled pork BBQ so much better this year. No fat & all meat with great smokey flavor + Only 2 bags of ice leftover this year & we went thru a lot despite the heat of the day. +
MINUS - Insurance. I talked with ranger to get his side of the story. He agreed with me when I said BOTH of us had some lessons learned from this issue ! - James suggested ways to better split the chutes at AS 4 & Finish Line as it was difficult for him on split times & finish. Ranger told me the north & east side of river trails are all open now. That could mean getting rid of figure 8 run configuration & going to one loop. - Due to heavy park usage we had to re-arrange our trail chute a couple times for rangers to allow overflow parking on grass. - After 12 pm, AS4 was way short handed. Most times in pm we had only 1 person at finish line. At times, I had to man the station by myself. - One lady (non-runner) busted my chops for not having a recycle center. I told her we did it at the last 2 races but it was a lost cause as trash & food always ended up in them despite being labeled Recycle. That wasn't good enough for her. She also said we have to educate people so their disposal habit doesn't continue. She carried on that other running events are going all green, etc, etc. I told her we would take her suggestion under advisement & walked away biting my tongue ! I'm sure she meant well, but her delivery needs lots of improvement - Dozens of unused gator aid as the ice tubs got covered by cardboard to preserve the ice. No one knew they were there ! - Could use more large gauze pads in AS 4 first aid kit. Two incidents where it would have been helpful. - Need to build a custom fridge support on wheels as the existing wheels are. breaking off. Make a better closure device for doors. Also get another rack for inside fridge. - Andy & ham radio people said it's too noisy inside shelter but don't want to change the enthusiasm & spirit. I suggested that next year we place a large picnic table outside the shelter & under the oak tree where we store the ice. If we do that, a tent cover may be necessary in case of rain. - Need a decent hose & nozzle for next season at AS 4. - Short handed on pack & cleanup people. I started consolidating stuff at 3pm. We got out of park by 7pm, with some late help from Cary & Gary. - What happened to the paper towels for the kitchen? We had to make a special run for some. - Leftover beer…..