Woke up this morning with an anxious feeling in my gut, as if I'd forgotten to do something for our fun run-raiser. Whelp, once I realized it was Monday, that frantic sensation subsided... We had pulled off one of the craziest things--and we had done it gracefully. Perhaps hosting a 5k event, as well as a 1k tot trot doesn't sound all that 'insane' to you, but to me... to us... it was a challenge that we took on without knowing ANYTHING about where to start or where to go. An unknown outcome is by far, in my book, one of the scariest things to be a part of. And to think we did it ALL in just 41 days...
On April Fools Day, we made the initial leap. $55 went out to the renting of the Champion Park pavilion---at this time not knowing there was a memorandum on the park that they would never host a 5k running event. Needless to say, this is why the 5k name changed as soon as we got wind---welcome to the Fun Run-Raiser ;) All the other parks had been reserved, and there was no turning back. If we got in trouble or were fined, at least we knew we had done it for a good cause, right? And in our defense, phone calls were made to the Williamson County Parks department, but we never were directed to the 'proper' people---and we'd seen a few races take place there prior to ours so we didn't feel quite as naughty. If someone else was doing it, it was ok for us to do it too, right?
Letters were written, and perpetual emails were sent + phone calls were made asking/begging for donations for our silent auction. Not even sure where this idea came from, but we knew if we only charged $20 for registration, and we wanted T-shirts, we were going to need to raise money one way or another for the Pyle Family. A silent auction sounded fun, and a bit different than what we had encountered in many of the previous races we had run. It ended up being one of the best decisions we made, and it was oh so fun to see what donations were being made.
Donations started to pour in, outgoing emails to BOB marketing and sales teams continued, and Iradis, Lisa and I were like giddy girls. The generosity of local businesses, and even entrepreneurial friends is still something we are trying to grasp. In just under 41 days, we were able to collect 45 items for the silent auction (Totaling over $4000!!!!), and raffle off a brand new BOB (worth $400 retail)! We raised over $1,500 for the Pyle Family (final numbers are still in the works), and although we know it only helps a smidgen with Scott's needs, it's a start, and one we couldn't have accomplished without SO many people's time and energy.
Thank you to all our sponsors, our participants, our supporters, our families... you made this totally insane dream become a reality. Cheers to all of us!
I am so proud of what we have done. I'm still in shock. We do, however, hope that next year you will join us as we run a 'legal' 5k route somewhere in Austin for another great benefit and to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Trotting with Tots!