Race T-Shirts: We have extra shirts on hand for sale at $10/each. You can pick up locally at Wesley Glen, or pay $2.50 for shipping within GA, or $5.60 for a flat rate envelope anywhere in the continental USA. To order shirts, please go to RacerPal’s site, same as race registration:
Click here—> CBRR T-Shirt Order Site
QUICK UPDATES: PHOTO’s are now uploaded. Click on Results & Photo’s Tab for All Photo’s, 5K & 10K Results, & Free Printable Finishers Certificates
What a day! Thanks so much for again braving threatening skies and dropping temperatures to support the Cherry Blossom Road Race for Wesley Glen. For the second year in a row, the weather had a significant impact on the event. However, as we did last year, despite a gloomy forecast, we caught a break andmanaged to mostly finish dry, and enjoyed seeing quite a few personal best times recorded. We had to cancel the Kids Korral due to the wet conditions, but we had lots of smiles as 1 Miler’s crossed the finish chute at record pace. We had some great tunes, and enjoyed shaking out some pre-race jitters with theMercer Bear & ChikFilA Cow demonstrating dance moves, and in general putting on quite the show. If you stayed home or left early, you also missed drawings for free shoes from RunFit Sports, Cherry Trees from the Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Commission, golf at Canongate, RoadID gift certificates, or membership with Pink Physique. We couldn’t have put on the event without the hard work and commitment of dedicated sponsors and volunteers that worked so hard before, during, and after the race. Birch Communications was a new participant this year, and as a Lead Sponsor, made a huge impact to deliver a successful event. Burgess Pigment Company, ESG, and Youmans Chevrolet returned assignificant, multiple year sponsors.
Groups like ESME’s Heart, the Macon Tracks, and Big Ring Racing toed the line, and helped out in all aspects of the race from planning, helping residents paint our awards, to finish chute setup/teardown, and evenleading out the races in racing kits. A couple volunteers arrived early to set up, then ran successful races winning awards in their divisions, then remained to help post-race. And then there’s the Donut Bandit! We couldn’t have been more shocked to arrive bright & earlier to pickup 150 dozen donuts, to be told someone had already picked them up on ourbehalf! All race we pondered where our donuts were, and how to possibly get an APB out for the purported black Cherokee that had wisked them away. Is there a DNA test for pink frosting? For the first time, we resorted to the tape, instant replay of the store video revealed another smaller local event had mistakenly claimed them. Since their order was in fact for 15 dozen, I can’t imagine what they’ve done with the other 135 dozen.
We made quite a few changes this year, believe the race was improved markedly as a result. Shirts were inserted in packets based on registration date.Packets were sorted by bib#. Our site layout was given serious review and re-organized to reduce congestion, improve que times, and safety. Various work instructions, documents and procedures, volunteer training sessions, were developed and implemented to improve the race experience for participants. We also utilized a different timing vendor, and this year enjoyed complete, timely, & accurate results which were posted immediately post race (they are linked on our website now). Free race photo’s and Finisher’s Certificates will be live on our website as soon as they are processed and uploaded.
We continue to solicit your feedback on how we can improve our event. We want to continue to be the Cherry Blossom Festival signature fitness event. We will meet in a few days to review this years event to ensure we continue to deliver a quality product, excellent service, and a memorable race experience. Meanwhile, please feel free to drop us a line and share your suggestions.
Tom Adrien, Race Director
All proceeds from the race are be donated to Wesley Glen Ministries, a local Methodist ministry caring and providing housing for adults with developmental disabilities. Though its Life Skills Center, Wesley Glen also host workshops, continuing education series, and routine meetings of community groups interested in understanding, supporting and improving the lives of individuals and families with various challenges.