As part of the massive fundraising effort that has been kicked off at Lehi High School to allow the band to get to Washington, DC for the 2012 National Independence Day Parade, today we had a race. I have been imagining this event in my free time (from approximately 2:17am-2:54am) for almost three months. I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to stage the event and how it would all flow. But reality hit this week.
Reality in event planning is when when you have to try to get people to do a specific job in a specific way so that the outcome looks like what is your head- only no one else has the whole picture, so it may or may not come together. Reality is understanding that you cannot do it all. . . you must have help. And reality is also standing back and letting it happen.
I am happy to say that reality was wonderful today. Not exactly what I had in mind, but great in its own way. There were so many happy moments: like Home Depot actually being open at 6am, my first helper arriving at 7am, chairs on rolling carts so that I could put them where I wanted before I had to explain anything, a warm creamcheese and strawberry donut, more helpers than I had jobs, more runners than I was expecting, students who were on time, perfect weather, and parents who truly are willing to do anything I ask them to do. I am actually feeling overwhelmed by how so many puzzle pieces where on the right place on the table today.
The most exciting moment for me was seeing a huge crowd of people leave the starting line and head down 1st North in the 5K. It was one of those moments when you realize that all your thoughts actually came to life! Not only had I never planned a race before, I have never BEEN to a race before, so I wasn't ready for the excitement of the starting line! I am not sure how many people raced or how much money we actually cleared, but I know that everyone had fun (with the exception of the gentleman who got talked into walking the 10K. . .not happy), and that was half the battle.
Next week we will get back to the administrative tasks, but for today, it was fun to be a party planner.