Although putting on a major event can keep you busy for most of the year, no matter how far you plan ahead race month is going to be a challenge. Especially when you have another full time job. Of course this is race month for my other big event, the Destin Beach Ultras. What does race month look like? Boxes with hundreds of shirts, gels, medals, drink mix, cups, water bottles, awards, pins, buckles, and various goodie bag items arriving each day. (It's certainly good if you want the UPS man to know where your house is but makes living in the house a little difficult!) Then there are lots of emails from runners with questions, sponsors, volunteers and vendors which all deserve a quick and through response. There is also a lot of credit card charging to pay for all those boxes of stuff. But I'm VERY happy to say that it looks like we will break even on the race this year barring any disaster. No one gets paid anything for the Destin Beach Ultras, so break even is a good thing.
Race month is also the most rewarding. Each night when I have been working on the race after a full day's other work, I can check our fundraising site to see how much our runners have raised thus far for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Today they are up to $20,307! That's pretty darn good for over three weeks out. I am hoping they can double that by the day after the race. Needless to say the marathon planning has taken a little bit of a back seat, but not totally.
Today we are finalizing our sponsorship package. We have put a large amount of time and effort into making it professional and helping it portray the image of the great event that we are building. Once those are finalized, they will go to the printer and we will get them out to a few of our existing contacts. We will give those who have supported us in the past the first opportunity at the large sponsorship packages and then distribute them to any business interested in our event.
Not only will the next month be very busy as we host over 700 runners and volunteers for our 5th Destin Beach Ultra Runs and Son of a Beach 5K, but it will likely make or break the Destin Marathon. If we can convince a company to to take the leap of faith and sign on as one of our premier sponsors, we can continue on. If not, we will lace up those shoes and work a little harder!