We made the decision this year to open registration for the 2017 Historic Brownsville International Half-Marathon on the 4th of July to well - kick things off with a bang! We have to admit that anytime registration opens for any event, its a little nerve racking. We learn from every event something new about the registration process and we always assess what we can do better and make the process more efficient.
A few years back, we decided to open registration for our events just after midnight with the thought that the few runners that register between midnight and 8 a.m., we could troubleshoot any initial issues that come about so that when the masses start getting on things go smoothly. As it turns out, though, the complete opposite happens. By 12:05 a.m., we have our first 50 entries and by 6:00 a.m. there are several hundred. On July 4th this year, we knew we would be off the grid with little to no access to the internet as we enjoyed our vacation up in the mountains of Glacier National Park.
By the next morning, we could not bear the suspense any longer. We found a weak Wi-Fi signal at a camp store in Montana and waited for about 20 minutes to connect. To our surprise, 738 runners had registered in the first 24 hours!
When we started 2RunCrew, we wanted to use it as a platform to do different things. The running community is such an awesome assembly of characters, personalities and people from all walks of life - each of which is on a unique journey. We wanted to be a witness to those personal stories and so we strive to organize our events in such a way that every participant is made to feel like a ROCK STAR! We bang our heads many times to try and take care of the smallest of details. From the size and quality of our finisher medals to the number of volunteers on the course to being the first half-marathon in the Rio Grande Valley to offer live runner tracking capability-- a lot of planning hours and sleepless nights go towards making sure things go as smoothly as possible. We would like to think that the 738 entries in the first 24 hours was a reflection of that commitment to providing our runners the kind of high caliber race experience they should expect with their race entry.
In short, we would like to say THANK YOU to all of you. Not only for the continued support of this event, but for allowing us to continue to be a part of your running journey.
Find Yourself. Go Run.