Race Director responds (about: 2001)|
A Runner from West Yarmouth, Massachusetts (8/27/01)
Hello Folks...the RD here
I was notified a few months back that there was some discussion here on the 2001 Event and that most of it was negative and perhaps I should respond.
I have been unable to find them so I thought it best I make a short comment..(found you:>))
First off I am sorry if some folks had a poor experience..and were dissapointed in me..I did my best in 2001 however it is not my best..I have been an RD for 10 years and I have always worked my butt off to put on a great event..99% have been 5 miles and under..and after 10 years of hard work in the sport,I was offered this great opportunity and I took it on..I worked hard at it just like I did for all the others the past 10 years..
Anyway, I did my best in 2001 and that is all I can ask of myself..I am prepared to learn from my mistakes and to be ready for things I had never encountered before..
Anyone who has participated in any of my past events-Hyannis excluded has experienced my passion for the sport..I respect all aspects of it from the incredibly gifted right down to the cat who has to work over-time to finish a race..I was a very active runner at one time and have started and directed over a few running clubs..I respect folks traveling to an event and reserving precious time and money for one.
I have tried to address every one who has contacted me to vent their frustrations..some folks I couldn't because of the vitriol.
There were some comments made to me about the RD and cast spending the money and not giving back to the race...and this was an issue that I was told was on this list..for the record:600 more shirts were given out in 2001 than in the past...1000 Half Marathon pins were bought, a 1st for this race, new certification costs, and more advertisement than in the past--these are real expenses born by the event and 95% more going back to the runner. The issue of post-race food and water is a real one--but these issues are more a result of many new groups working together for the 1st time than a greedy race..and issues that need to be discussed and 2001 shortcomings fixed.
I have been involved in the sport for 10 years as a race director and in those years I have poured many of my own dollars into them..anyone involved as long and as involved, know's what I speak of..the passion and love for the sport drives you to do it. After 10 years, I have decided that it would be nice if I could do what I love and be paid for it--we will see how successful I am at this.
Lastly, I would like to commend all my volunteers..the 2001 Event was a tough one to volunteer at...they did a wonderful job and I couldn't have asked for any more from them..as the RD..I take full responsibility for the shortcomings and I can promise you that the next one will be up to the standards that I expect at my races and you expect at the ones you attend.
Paul W. Collyer Race Director Sheraton Hyannis Marathon B.A. Event Promotions