Aug. 19, 2010
The inaugural Shatter the Silence Trail Run started out without a glitch. That all changed within minutes, when three runners approached the finish line in less than 10 minutes. Race Directors Stacy Rhea and Andrea Chisnell realized their worst fear had become a reality.
“Prior to the start of the race, we were informed several cones had been moved, twisted or disappeared,” Rhea said. We sent out a runner to double-check the course, but with limited time, he didn’t quite make all the corrections.”
In addition to the cones being out-of-place Rhea and Chisnell were also told three teenaged boys were on the ledges throwing sticks at the runners.
“I immediately hit the course looking for the boys,” Chisnell said. “I found them, but there wasn’t much I could do.Three against one made the odds bad for me.”
Rhea was on the course too, trying to figure out where the runners went wrong. A volunteer was confused and sent the second wave of runers the wrong way, Rhea said. Of all the issues that could arise at an inaugural race, one hopes runners do not miss turns, get confused or run extra miles, Rhea said., but that is exactly what happened.
Due to the course confusion, timing the race was difficult. Cleveland Plays Racing did a great job trying to time the event. In the end, the 5K event could not be accurately timed. To rectify this, if that is even possible, Rhea and Chisnell are working on a special discount for STS runners through Vertical Runner. (Details to be posted soon at http://www.shatterthesilencerun.org)
Race results, will be posted Monday. Keep in mind the results are not 100 percent accurate.
What are the girls doing to make next year’s race a success?
“We realize the inaugural race was less than perfect, and are working out all the details for 2011 event now.”
A new course outline is in the works. Rather than following a 5K / 10K course, Rhea and Chisnell are opting for a course that is geared towards miles, not kilometers. This will allow the RDs to create a comparable route, without using so many connector trails.
Color-coded flags will be used for each course, and a lot more volunteers will be on hand.
“We managed to gather a few last-minute volunteers, Rhea said. “As of Aug. 18 we only had 90 runners registered. We had no idea another 100 runners would register before the start of the race. Thirty signed up on Wednesday and more than 65 runners showed up Thursday evening to register.
“You can imagine how surprised we were,” Chisnell said. The extra runners created a few last-minute and unexpected issues – we made do with the number fo volunteers we had.”
Despite the course complications, runners crossed the finish line with a smile and said they would be back next year. “Rhea and Chisnell have received several e-mails from participants,” Rhea said. “Many are understanding and supportive, others have expressed a concern for the course confusion, but also said they would be back next year.
“We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the feed back and support,Rhea and Chisnell said. “We would like to thank everyone for their support!”
Visit www.shatterthesilencerun.org, for full details.