Updated: Feb 17

A Race Director's hope is that runners participate in the race, have a great time, go tell their friends about it, and don't notice anything that went wrong.


Well, there's always something that goes wrong.


Here's a little look behind the scenes of the first inaugural Dusk to Dawn Relay Race....


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WHITE GOLF TEES AND SALT

Our race is a little unique, both in the fact that it's held overnight, but mainly that it's run on salt (the Bonneville Salt Flats). To light the 2-mile course, I glued hundreds of those party lights you might find in balloons or vases at wedding receptions onto golf tees.



The mistake? I used white golf tees 🤦‍♂️


White golf tees and salt are not a good combo (that is, if you want to be able to find it once you set it down). I wasted waaayyyyyy too much time looking for tees I had set down on the salt.


The solution this year? Black golf tees.


FROZEN JUICE

We're proud of the deluxe pancake breakfast we hold at the end of our race. Especially since all additional proceeds (and 5% of every race fee) goes to the charity Run On.


Buttermilk pancakes, butter and syrup galore, fruit, chocolate milk, and juice.


Frozen juice, at least.


Put it on my list this year to take the frozen juice out of the cooler before the breakfast starts! Like the night before....


At least we had enough milk, and some people got very cold juice as it began to thaw.


SUNBURNS

As the Dusk to Dawn Relay Race is held at night, I hadn't thought of the setting up the course being entirely in the day (the race only started in 2019, to be fair, so still learning). Or at least the consequences of the day setup.


Just like snow reflects the sun (you'll know if you've ever been skiing or snowboarding), salt in August reflects just as much. Fair complexion, no sunglasses, short sleeves and shorts made for a sunburn-to-remember.


Next time I'm wearing a full robe and cowboy hat.


NOT QUITE A 2-MILE COURSE

Remember the white golf tees? And the sunburn? Those added some delays to the course setup.


To get the golf tees into solid salt, we had to pound them with a hammer and screwdriver. All 250+ of them. That took... longer than originally anticipated, to say the least.


Everything else was actually quite a breeze! But as we were cutting the course set up close to the race start, we made the hard call to cut it short.


But not this time! As long as we learn from our failures, right? And I certainly will.


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So there you have it. Mistakes of a Race Director - some big, some small. All of which we learn from to make future races seamless, at least from a runners perspective...

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Updated: Jan 16

Looking for the perfect motivation to get out there and pound the pavement? Start here with some of the best running memes created in the history of running memes!




MY FAVORITE TOPIC

If you're like most of the runners out there (I'm guilty...) your favorite conversation topic is your morning run, upcoming race schedule, how early you get up to run, running horror story.....the list could go on - and so could you, I'm sure!




RUNNING A MARATHON

Yup, that about sums it up. We understand your pain...




THE BEST SPORT

Insert your favorite cliche "running is a sport" saying here:

"My sport is your sport's punishment"

"Date a runner, every other athlete is a player"

It goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - RUNNING IS A SPORT!!




RUNNING :)

I don't care if I'm running through a beautiful Swiss meadow or through back alleys in the city, when I get out and run, it somehow makes everything in life seem better. Worries slip away, my mind becomes clear and my body feels energized.

Forget laughter, running is the best medicine!




HATERS GONNA HATE

Then there are those haters out there who think that running actually makes your day worse haha! And okay, I'll admit, some of my runs end up like that....but I don't talk about those! Cause I love running too much, and even the worst days aren't bad enough to keep me from going out again.




JUST FOR FUN

Since we're still experiencing the snow (at least here in Utah) let's try to make the best of it with a little snowball running humor.




I LIVE FOR LONG RUNS

And forget about going up and down the stairs! I'm about to move into a single floor condo just because of this...because I'm not giving up my long runs, oh no.




IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

I've given up trying to explain why I run to my non-runner friends. Instead, I'll try to convince them to come running with me and say "it's okay, I'll go slow!" Ha, like they ever take me up on that offer :P If they ever did, I'm convinced they would understand me better...




HOW FAR DID YOU RUN?

They say to not judge other people - but in this case, I'd say it's fair. Dang all those fair-weather, 3-mile runners!!!




THERE IS NO OFF SEASON

But the feeling of coming home, taking off your frozen socks and flopping down on the rug in front of the fireplace is all worth it!.....right?? Maybe once your frozen eyelids begin to thaw.




THIS IS WHY I RUN

You don't have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the person you're with! I run to increase my chances of survival.




BELIEVE ME, OFFICER...MY CAUSE WAS JUST

Back to the little elf above, tell me that running isn't a sport, I dare you! It IS too a sport. You're just jealous because my calves are so much sexier than yours, aren't you?




IS IT JUST ME?

At the beginning of any race I've run. Thinking to myself - am I the only amateur runner here? Also true at the end of any race I've run.......dang I should have done more hills/miles/squats/eaten less ice cream/been born on a different continent....




Well, that's it for now! If you're looking for a sweet event to join, come run the Dusk to Dawn Relay Race at the Bonneville Salt Flats, UT. You know it's on your bucket list to run on a god-forsaken, white and salty piece of earth through the entire night....if that doesn't sound awesome, maybe these memes don't relate to you lol ;) Or maybe you're just not insane like the rest of us....either way, check it out at www.dusktodawnrelay.com

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The years 2008 and 2009 were my best years, things went pretty well.


The 2008 and 2009 Provo River marathons started up in Provo canyon and ended at Utah Lake State Park. I set my lifetime PR at the 2008 Provo River marathon. This one is a very small race, the entire group going up in 2009 fit onto one bus, although it was crowded.


At the start I realized that in my life I had never led a marathon. I ran out of the start gate at a very fast pace, beyond my ability to maintain, and passed everyone in front of me. Then I realized I was leading the entire race.


Wow!


My first mile time was 5:52, I was still in shock that no one had passed me yet. Miles 2 – 6 were very memorable for me, with an excitement I will never forget. The excitement was combined with feelings of panic, being afraid that I had gotten off of the course somehow because no one had passed me yet. But then another mile marker would pass, and things would be OK again.


At mile 6 I “ended the madness”, and slowed back to a pace I could maintain, and someone went past me about a half mile later. Then as always happens to some, “Porta Potty time”. The person who had passed me went into another one, and when we came out he got confused and ran back up the course in the wrong direction. I ran after him and got him turned around, then settled in for the rest of the race.


Later I figured out that a time which was only 10 minutes behind my PR from the previous year was in reach, so I pushed for that.


Here’s an idea: At the end of the race, turn into the park.


I missed that last turn off, and spent two minutes running past the park in the wrong direction until someone told me I had missed the turn. I missed my ten minute event by four minutes, two minutes spent running past the park, then two minutes running back.



#FridayswithFrank #DusktoDawnRelay #SeizetheNight




Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew

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