As we wrap up the details of this year’s duathlon I can’t help but be grateful to all our volunteers for what they do to make the event a success. It all starts with a term that we don’t use enough, “stewardship,” continues with a mantra of “safety,” under laid by a sense of “fun,” with a lot of “teamwork” thrown in, and wrapped up with “satisfaction”. In many ways the event, meant to be a fund raising event, just reflects what goes on every day on the Byway.
Stewardship is what we all do, day to day, to make our communities in the best shape for our visitors whether from next door or from the other side of the earth. It may be keeping ourselves and our homes in the best of shape, working with friends to improve our communities recreational assets, or a roadside cleanup to make it easier for highway maintenance and safety.
Safety means we had done our homework and field work to make sure we had clean roadways (other than the plethora of “political speak” and one porcupine carrion in an unused travel lane). We had sufficient volunteers to keep normal highway traffic civil, participants on course, and EMTs on standby in case of an incident.
For fun there were exciting moments, jubilant finishers, smiles, awards and rewards, constructive feedback, sated appetites among fall foliage at it’s absolute peak.
Teamwork was amazing from roadside cleanups, to packet stuffing, communication efforts, policing and marshaling, results posting, post race feed crews, and cleanup crews.
The more analytical of us insist on numbers to help define our success. We had 121 participants registered, 53 of them were “serious athletes”, 18 of them in teams, and an amazing 47.6 % female. A total of 105 people started, one biker was successfully returned to the start after a tire blew, and 104 victorious. We had a record 11 paid event sponsors. One of these sponsors has employees scooping 200 generous victory scoops of ice cream for competitors and volunteers over the next few weeks. When the books are finally closed we will have raised over $5,700 for the Byway Coalition and Friends of the Byway.
No matter how you look at it we all had a good time, can share and celebrate the success, and rest peacefully on our satisfaction.