- From Facebook Post by Dan L. a Race Participant from Bedford, Indiana
Last weekend’s inaugural running of The Grind 10K was a model of organization, efficiency and attention to detail, and will stand out in memory as one of the best races of this year. Bright and early on race day, the registration tables were up and running ahead of schedule, staffed by cheery, bustling volunteers; there was plenty of time to pick up the packet, warm up, rub elbows with fellow racers, and admire the surroundings. A ten-kilometer course isn’t for the faint-hearted, and this particular route is now etched in the memory of the ninety-one participants as being additionally challenging for the steep terrain in the first mile or so, but the tone behind the comments plainly stated: yeah, I did it!
A seemingly-small detail bespoke a great degree of thoughtfulness: at the finish line, it was a great pleasure to be able to wipe away ten kilometers-worth of stinging sweat from the eyes with the very welcome fresh cotton towelette, and slug down the bottle of water handed to the just-arrived athletes.
The T-shirts are eye-catching, a sunny orange-yellow and sporting a snappy graphic of Beck’s Mill on the front, and the awards were very generous, indeed! Lots of much-appreciated runner-oriented gift certificates, tasteful selections from the Beck’s Mill gift shop, and exceptionally handsome trophy hardware; the ladies really admired the sparkly ribbons adorning their medals. Quite a few pans of savory cornbread will result from all the bags of meal that were issued, too!
The post-race ‘spread’ was an eye-popping offering of fresh fruit, cookies and doughnuts, even hot dogs and bratwurst, with an ocean of bottled water and sports drinks on ice. Runner and walker heaven!
Mag 7 personality Kelly Smith lent his timing expertise and gift of gab to the festivities, and the race results were posted on the website later the same day; slick!
There was a multitude of sponsors and volunteers that contributed a great amount of hard assets and valuable time to this exceptional event, and to call it anything less than a resounding success would be an understatement; the vibe was just that good! Thanks to all involved for a great race; the only improvement that can be made is for all of this year’s attendees to spread the word about this fine event, and return next year with a couple of racing friends in tow!
The Grind 10k Participant