In January of this year, after finalizing the paperwork and duties required to start a non-profit organization, and with help from some other dedicated trail runners Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners (#SEOTR) was officially established. Good things are beginning to happen and hopefully this organization will spur some more interest in trail running among community members!
|Local Art: Sharron Smith|
So on April 26th, SEOTR will host the 1st Annual Iron Furnace Trail Run (#IFTR) with a 20k and 5 mile race option at beautiful Lake Hope State Park! So a dream I've had for years is coming true as I get a chance to direct my first trail race. The process began in early January and things have had to move pretty quickly. Luckily I have a solid group working with me to help the process move along faster. From getting a couple special use permits approved, to figuring out logistics and details, to developing and designing a quality course, it's been a lot tiring but rewarding work. When I posted the website and made registration live yesterday, I was really pumped that my dream of becoming a race director has come to fruition.
I'm a nut for course layout, design, distances, numbers, elevation profiles, etc. etc. The logistics to design an event and plan a course is right up my alley. I'm also naturally organized, to a fault according to my wife, so directing a race was going to be an enjoyable challenge for me. I do have the support of my trusty team of graduate students to help in areas such as marketing, sponsorship, advertising, etc. I have the tendency to have the philosophy of "If you build it, they will come." Although the course is 100 percent built for an amazing experience, I probably would only get a handful of participants if I was left to marketing for the race myself!
So this is a shameless plug for SEOTR and the Iron Furnace Trail Run! Check out the IFTR Event Page and find other information about SEOTR. Become a member, support trail running, help give back and maintain trails, join our cause and promote the trail running culture in SE Ohio! Also, follow SEOTR on Twitter @SEOTrailRunners, Like SEOTR on Facebook!