Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Duck & Run Course Certification - coming soon

The process of getting the Duck & Run 5K course certified through USATF has begun!
Special thanks goes to Phillip Dean & Glenn King for volunteering to do most of the work, which involves a whole bunch of math and time spent running and biking the course.

It's really a rather complicated process. I'm glad Phillip knows how to do all the calculations involved!


Above, Phillip handles some of the calculations just before he and Glenn take off to do repeated measurements of the course. During course measurement, you have to actually stop at every mile-mark and check your calcuations so, as I've already indicated, it can be a bit tedious.
We did all this on a Sunday morning, thinking there would be less traffic during church services. We were right about that but we ended up still busy with measurements during the height of after-church traffic. Yikes!
Most drivers were pretty patient with us but I'm sure they wondered what in the world we were doing...this guy biking along looking like maybe he'd misplaced something somewhere along the side of the street and a crazy woman in a pickup truck riding his rear wheel and motioning people to go around.
BTW: We've re-routed the Duck & Run one last time in order to have the race go around the courthouse square in the heart of downtown Athens.
Another wonderful volunteer, local architect Chris Sides, is preparing a wondermous map for us that will be posted here as soon as our certification comes through.
Don't forget to save the date! The 2008 Duck & Run is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20!
See you there!