2014 WV Race Review Changes
My racing scheduled has slowed down a little with winter upon us, but I’ve still been crazy busy with the holidays, work and preparing for a new semester as an adjunct professor. So I’m running a little behind on writing reviews for a couple of races I did complete at the beginning of January. (But they will be coming in the next few days!)
The main reason for my delay is that I’ve been trying to decide on a template to keep the race reviews consistent. I want to deliver information to you that may help you decide on whether or not to do the race in the future, but I want to be sure I don’t miss anything. So that has contributed to my belatedness as well. Please accept my apology and know I’ll step things up to get you more timely and accurate information. Here’s is what future reviews will entail….
- Race details such at distance, time, location, weather, cost, sponsor/charity, etc.
- Pre-race and post-race events
- Runner information such as how many, ages, etc.
- Course details
- How the race director, committee, volunteers did
- Awards and how I did
- Pros and cons
- Miscellaneous such as history or race or area, local legend, etc.
- Overall rating
- Pictures of the race will always be included
For the overall rating this year, I thought I would use something visual. At first I thought I would use the Star Rating with one star being a bad race and five stars meaning it was a great, can’t-miss-this-next-year race. But I didn’t think stars really related much to running. So I decided to use medals. Hey, we all love to get medals from the race…. this was my chance to give a medal back. So I will give gold medals to top races, silver medals to middle ground races, and bronze medals to the needs-a-lot-of-work races. Of course, please realize I’m giving you “MY” opinion of the race…. there are always others with different opinions. But I do try to be open-minded when rating something.
Finally, and something I’m very excited about is the fact that I may have some guest bloggers helping me with race reviews. Last year I ran in a lot of races, but of course I couldn’t hit all the races in West Virginia. So I’m talking with some running friends of mine that hit races in other areas and of different distances to add some spice to my race reviews.
So I wanted to write-up this short post to let you know what’s coming to my running blog in the very, very near future. If you run West Virginia races and would be interested in sharing your review here… just let me know. I can’t pay you for the review, but I can help promote your blog, website, Facebook or Twitter page. It’s always interesting to get a review from someone else’s perspective.
What do you think of the template I’ll use??
Is it too much information??
Am I missing any information someone may want to know about races here in West Virginia??