the scenes there's a little Hocus Pocus
are two key factors that make the Good Times such fun. One is our terrific
group of participants and the other is our great group of volunteers.
This week I'd like to give thanks to the latter.
Times Series is truly a study in controlled chaos. Take this week for
example, by 6:00 PM the sound system is in place, the Good Times Super
computer is booted and registration is setup and ready to go. During the
next 55 minutes 243 runners are processed (forms filled out, numbers distributed,
data entered in the Good Times Super Computer). Meanwhile a few miles
away our crack course crew is laying out traffic cones and setting up
our aid station.
At exactly 6:58 PM we have a few brief pre-race announcements before the
race starts at 7:00 PM. After the last runner has crossed the starting
line, the finish line crew immediately springs into action and has the
entire finish line area setup by 7:10 PM. At 7:17 PM the first runner
crosses the finish line. Thirty-two minutes later our last runner comes
across at 7:49 PM.
At 7:50 PM
our weekly raffle begins. By 8:00 PM complete results are posted and our
awards ceremony starts. Meanwhile the course crew and finish line crew
are breaking down their respective areas. By 8:10 PM the finish line crew
and course crew are back to catch the end of the awards ceremony. At 8:20
PM 53 PR Mylies have been awarded and the weekly age group awards presented.
By 8:30 PM the sound equipment is broken down and the Good Times Super
Computer is packed away for another week. The volunteer crew is now ready
for some well deserved food and drink. Now if that isn't a well oiled
machine then what is?
A big shout
out to Jim and Nancy Stronach, Richie Blake, Dave LaBrode, Glenn Stewart,
Steve Moland, Skip Cleaver, Stan Klem and Bill Rozen for their help last
night and all their help this season. They are the ones who make the Good
Times a Good Time!
With only three weeks to go Tim Burke and Erica Paton continue
to lead the pack with consitant performances weekly. Also after seven weeks
we have 76 people in the running to receive a Golden Mylie (New England's
largest medal) for running all the series' races.
Then check out the Good Times on our website,
our forum, our
page or our Good Times Blog.
Next week is one of Dave LaBrode's favorites the Sandbagger's Special.
This is a handicap race. Your handicap is predetermined based on your
best finishing time over the last 7 weeks. Go to the Good Times website
and click on information for detailed description on how it works. And
as always, we can't guarantee you will run a fast time, but we promise
you will have a good time at the Good Times Series.