Thursday, January 29, 2015

2nd Annual CJ's Resolution Challenge

The 2nd Annual CJ's Resolution Challenge has come and gone and I'd like to finally take some time to remember everything about the day that made it so special.  
And as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.   
Race Prep!
2015 CJ's- RC Revolution Runners
RC Revolution Runners

RC Revolution Runners
RC Revolution Runners
RC Revolution Runners
Team RWB takes on CJ's!
2nd Annual CJ's Resolution Challenge
Kids take on CJ's!!!

Last Man Standing 2015
(All photos courtesy of Bo Hagaman of See PA Run!)
The race grew quite a bit this year from 77 participants in 2014 to 124 this year.  Enough growth that we'll be working with Integrity Sports (PA Runners) to chip time our 2016 race! We also added a virtual option for out-of-towners that had 43 participants across 15 different states plus Germany!  We raised over $8300 to support the Operation Jack Autism Foundation and Geisinger's Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute. 

I feel we got great positive feedback and encouragement to keep coming back.  Below are my favorite comments.

Sean M. - Awesome job by everyone involved with CJ's Resolution Challenge today...especially the hardy volunteers who stood out in the beautiful weather all day! Can't wait until next year! Great seeing familiar faces today! First class event, first class volunteers, and first class soup!

Eve-Marie - This was awesome . The sleet added to the fun. Friendly runners and volunteers. The course was wonderful. Could not have asked for a better outcome to event. The fire and hot soup was a plus.

Chris V. - Great race for an awesome cause. Highly recommend it, and will definitely do it again.

Janine G. - Really fun format, great food. Really enjoyed this race the last two years. The format allows for a wide range of participation, and is also a great way to get in some long training miles in safety and relative comfort given the typical weather in January.

Carla C. - This was so much fun! The weather was a challenge but it added to the adventure. Great event!

Kimarie - Loved CJ's Challenge! Beautiful location, friendly and supportive runners and well managed race! Food was great too! :)

Darcy I. - Great event ! 1st year I did Last Man Standing. 2nd year RC Revolutions. Both times I had a blast. Can't wait for the 3rd one !!!

Jay M. - Had a great time at this event. Original, challenging, well supported and all for a great cause!

As the race director, I work really hard to make my vision of this event a reality.  So comments like these make me so happy that I could burst!  I think the race format is great, I've called it customize-able because it truly is.  If participants want to walk a lap and then hang out by the fire they are welcome to do so.  If you want to come and run hard for over twenty miles, you are welcome to do that too!  I think the fundraising is going well with lots of room to grow.  And the autism awareness part of the event became a little more evident this year with representatives from not only ADMI and Operation Jack, but also ASERT Autism Resources and Verbal Beginnings, LLC.

I am overjoyed with this year's event and I am just so grateful to every single person who came to participate, who helped me spread the word, who stressed out with me during planning, who happily volunteered to cook, play music, or volunteer in anyway.  It takes so many people playing so many different roles to bring it together and I could never do it without you.  

Special thanks to the Mid Penn Trailblazers, PA Runners, Nittany Valley Running Club, Penn-York Valley Running Club, Team Taper, and Team RWB for their support of this race and for spreading the word.

Thanks to Dee and Ruth for the delicious soup.  Thanks to Kevin and Brandi for the use of their heaters and generator.  Thank you to the Steve and the Bucknell Crew team for lending their tent.  Thanks to Corey for making some really nice signs for the event.  Thanks to everyone who donated and bid for our basket auction.  Thanks to all our sponsors, especially Inside Track- Lewisburg, Blaise Alexander Ford, Boop's Welding, Chicadee Hand Crafted Jewelry, and Andre from A. W. Entertainment.

Thank you to Sam for your unending support of this race and for believing in it before I did.  Thank you to Megan and Dr. Challman for supporting the race and for representing ADMI.  Thanks to Erin for being present for Cullen and sharing what ABA Therapy is all about.  Thanks to Megan from ASERT Autism Resources for sharing what's available in PA for those affected by autism.  

And thank you to my mom, my right hand through it all.

I love putting on this race, and I hope to do it for many years.  
Thank you!!!
"CJ," the big guy that sparked a movement!

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