A great big thank you to all who helped with the many tasks that go into making this event so successful! We should all be proud. Preliminary figures indicate we may have a net profit of about $9,000 for our Outreach Programs. Everyone who helped in any way possible has contributed to the Outreach of the Church. The smallest jobs make the biggest difference.
I must thank our faithful committee who attended the Mad Dash committee meetings and helped plan all the details of the dash:
Linda and Ed Goff—Linda is responsible for our correspondence and Ed for the traffic control. Also Linda and Ed had the wonderful sign in the front of the Church to thank our sponsors. Ed works with the State and local police to assure everything is safe for everyone. Linda writes all the letters to the sponsors from the previous years and also thanks each of them after they donate.
Susannah Renzi—helps with traffic control, obtained the names of all high school coaches for cross country so we could mail them flyer, helped obtain Stickles sponsorship, and helped with some coverage by the Poughkeepsie Journal!!
Robby Long—Our Sponsor coordinator. Robby worked hard to get many sponsors for the race not only in money but also obtained a large donation of water bottles from Hannafords in Red Hook.
Wally Decker—Wally does the initial mailing of the flyers to all the previous years participants. Wally also sets up the water stops and makes sure the runners have water during the race.
Francoise Weigel—who distributes the flyers—EVERYWHERE!
Ron Hirsch—Ron was responsible to order the trophies and order the tee shirts (nice colors)! This is a big job!
Barbara Craft—First time learning and doing the “stuffing party”—it all went very well. All the pre-registered runners/walkers had their goodies!
Laurie Craft —who works behind the scenes inputting the runners information into the database to send to Bay State timers.
Setsuko Ellsworth—who runs the race day registration, which can be a mad dash to register about 250 to 300 runners/walkers/mini-dashers in about an hour or so prior to the start. She has a great team working with her!
Liz Schembri—who provides for all the refreshments the racers enjoy after the competition. Liz purchases the food/drinks etc and has a great crew working with her! And thanks to all who brought Brownies!!!
Mike Britt—who has helped us with so many technical issues with production of the flyer etc… and produced certificates of thanks for our sponsors.
Kristy Carter—for putting all the information on our web site and linking us to active.com.
Mary DiNitto—who runs the mini-dash portion of our day! The kids love it!
Dave Craft—the jack-of-all trades who sets up everything! Assists where needed, hangs the finish line posters, etc., places course signs.
Jeff Weichsel —who arranges the timing of the race, monitors the finances and keeps the books, helps with traffic control and the course set up.
Leslie Weichsel —who ordered the Port-o-potties! Thank you!
Al and Laura Grigull—who assisted as Master of Ceremonies, helped with the stuffing party, registered runners, and handed out ribbons to the walkers, and who have given us this great tradition to work together to raise money for a great cause—the Outreach of the Church of the Messiah.