The Oktoberfest Run For Beans 2013
Race Directors Report
On September 28, the Anchorage Running Club celebrated Oktoberfest by putting on its Run For Beans. For those of you who are unaware of this event, it is a race to benefit Beans Café and the Brother Francis Shelter. Not only are the net proceeds from the race donated, but many of the race participants brought in food and clothing donations on race day that were distributed to Beans and Brother Francis.
I am happy to report that Oktoberfest 2013 was once again a huge success. The event raised around $7500 which includes cash donations that race participants donated when they registered. The running club will present to both The Brother Francis Shelter and Bean's Cafe a check for $3750 within the next few weeks.
Although there is a charitable cause behind the race, the idea is for everyone to get together and have fun and it seemed like everyone did.
An apology and explanation does need to be made for the length of the 10K. Volunteers had preliminarily measured the course and turnaround points, but when it came time to put out the signage the evening prior to the race, my bike odometer wasn’t working. I established the turnarounds based on where I found what I thought were the preliminary measurements flagging (after the Coastal Trail face lift the Muni does not allow paint but rather chalk and flagging). In a discussion the next morning with one of the measuring volunteers, it became clear the 10K turnaround was short of where they marked it. I biked out there and moved the 10K turnaround but their flagging had been removed. In course management there is an old adage that says, “it is better to be long than short.” With my “best guess” last minute movement I applied this mantra, unfortunately excessively. The consensus it that the 10K was actually about 10.5K or 6.55 miles, and for this I am truly sorry.
Other than the 10K distance issue, it was a successful event with 396 racers (not including the runners in the Kids Run). If you weren’t there, you certainly missed out on enjoyable event. I would like to thank the many volunteers that assisted with so many aspects of the race. If it weren’t for them or the support of our membership a successful race like this wouldn’t have been possible. Also, I would like to thank Bristol Bay Native Corporation for sponsoring the event. Thank you very much.
Race Director Oktoberfest
O-Fest 2013 Results
Photos From This Years Event
Oktoberfest Run For Beans 2013 has been made possible by the generous support of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation and Kaladi Brothers Coffee.