There is a lack of opportunity in our community to compete in an organized competitive run that involves both youth and adults during the winter months.
How has 4-H helped?
“Resolve2run” was a 5K and 10K race that took place on January 1, 2013. It was created to provide an opportunity for the community to participate in an organized race at a time of year when there is a lack of this type of event, The run was put on by Chicago Park 4-H, Chicago Park School and the Peardale/Chicago Park Fire Department. Our committee planned the race by having monthly meetings starting in late summer. We started advertising the run almost as soon as we had the date and time and the Run was advertised on Sierra Trail Blazers website, in local running stores and gyms, on signs around town, on our local radio station, and twice in our local paper. We acquired sponsorships and donations from local businesses. As it got closer to the day of the race we got a permit for having the runners on the road, we created and ordered t-shirts, and we picked out and ordered the medals. The morning of the run we finished the set up and prepared for the race, which took a little longer than an hour, and then had a great awards ceremony with medals and prizes.
The race turned out to be a great success. We had over 80 people, ages eight through seventy-eight come out and run. Everyone had a great time and a lot of people resolved to be healthier by putting their resolution on our Resolve 2 Run resolution board.