If you ran in the 2010 Road Race Series, you should have received a survey in your inbox a day or two ago. Be sure to take it and see if your answers to the three fill-in-the-blank questions can be as creative as my husband’s.
Here’s Bobby’s response to the final question, “What can we do different next year?”
“I think my favorite bands should play in concert at every mile marker (email me for the list). I would like the timing chip to be a permanent brightly colored ear tag that publicly displays current location during and after the race. There should be a wide variety of fancy bears at the beer stops. The 5 miler needs to have a fleet of trucks with air conditioning units pointed at the runners & this same fleet shall heat the 1/2 marathon. The timing mats to confirm that a runner has successfully had their ear chip register with an electrical shock. Runners should be allowed to run with iPods if they also run with blindfolds.”
Memphis Runners Track Club’s annual Road Race Series consists of 2 5ks, 2 5-milers, 2 10ks, 2 10-milers and 2 half marathons every other Sunday at 7:00am. Members got all this for the low, low cost of $55 ($75 now); Nonmembers got it for $75 ($95 now). Being a nonmembers is just silly because it is only $25 for an individual to join for a year – $5 more than the nonmember rate and then you’ll get 10% off of races, discounts at local running stores, a monthly subscription to Roadrunner magazine, a nifty laminated membership card and a MRTC sticker (warning: do not apply sticker to locations with hair). Family memberships are an even better deal.
I WANT MORE!
Dang, your greedy. Well fine. By registering for the Road Race Series you also get to be chip timed this year (no more fighting to get to the front) and receive a long-sleeve tech shirt (dri-fit material). And best of all: By registering for the Road Race Series you’ll get to go to the MRTC holiday party in January where you’ll enjoy free salad, breadsticks, pasta, beer, dancing and see awards handed out by local TV’s Joe Birch.
BUT WAIT – I’M AN OVERACHIEVER!
Did you finish at least 6 of the road races? Then you get a Special Finisher’s Item (last year it was a nice laptop bag).
NO, I MEAN I’M REALLY AN OVERACHIEVER!!!
If you finish ALL 10 races (no small feat getting up at 7:00am on a Sunday) you get an even nicer Special Finisher’s Item (last year it was even better laptop bag) and another Road Warrior Item (last year it was the coolest trophy ever – Bobby didn’t get it, but his friends did).