Activity Report: Running Is My High 2011
We would like to thank the community for keeping this event alive! We would also like to thank the Native American Health Center’s Family & Child Guidance Clinic and Nutrition & Fitness Departments for co-sponsoring this event. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Christine E. Hansen’s Dental Office of Palo Alto and Teammates for Kids Foundation for their continued support, and to our donors including Piedmont Grocery, Downtown Oakland YMCA, Bill’s Trading Post, Gathering Tribes, Peet’s Coffee, Noah’s Bagels, and Berkeley Bowl. We would also like to thank the alcohol recovery lodges for their participation and friendly competition in this event. Finally, thank you to all who volunteered and participated in our tenth annual Running Is My High 2011. We could not have done this without your help and support!
The best feature was the large participation on the part of NAHC staff, medical providers, the school-based clinic, the alcohol recovery lodges, native organizations, and the native community at large. Other great features included Stress Management tent with yoga, meditation, sage burning, and massage hosted by the Family and Child Guidance; the environmentally-friendly gifts; the healthy meal; and the diverse collection of booths and organizations that hosted booths.
The most creative thing was making all of our gifts environmentally-friendly. All participants received 100% organic cotton t-shirts and biodegradable jute tote bags so that people can bring their own bags to the grocery store. Furthermore the food and drinks were all served with biodegradable cups and utensils, making this Running is My High the most green event we have offered.
The main challenge this year was the fact that we were using a new timing company that uses electronic chip timers that participants tie onto their shoes. This required some extra planning and preparation to work with a brand new company. It was a new experience for almost all our participants, and some stopped a few feet too early and thus the electronic sensors did not record their race time. But for the most part it went remarkably well and people enjoyed having the immediate results from the electronic shoe timers.
We will continue to put on Running is My High and cheering on our community to be active and healthy everyday!
Lessons LearnedFor next year we will put a big banner across the true finish line so that people do not stop too early and miss the electronic pads that record their race time. We will also cut off registration by 8:45 so that the timing company is not so rushed in recording last-minute registrees into the database.