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Celebrating 9 Years with the Air Power Marathon

The place has the time gone?

For this month’s Director’s weblog, I made a decision to share a bit of bit with you of my journey of years up to now on the Air Power Marathon. On June 2, I celebrated 9 years with the group! Now, in the event you’d requested me 9 years in the past if I’d sooner or later be the Director, I probably would have laughed at you; nevertheless, as I shared earlier this 12 months, it actually was a dream for me with out the total perception of realization.

And but right here I sit at present, writing to you from the director’s desk. Some days that truth nonetheless feels a bit of unreal. I’m captivated with what we do right here, and I actually pour blood, sweat and tears into this occasion. By means of the years it’s additionally been full of a variety of laughter, nice encounters with many individuals, a couple of unhealthy hair kinds on my half, and a lot development. I’m grateful to have this chance.

Just a few highlights:

  1. As a quick recap for many who don’t know, I began out because the Workplace Administrator in 2014. In 2018 I moved to doing the Occasions Supervisor place (expo, and many others). In 2019, I used to be named the Assistant Director and in July of 2022 I turned the Director. I’ve been humbled (greater than as soon as), I’ve discovered numerous classes, I’ve met so many great individuals and I’ve skilled each heartache and celebration in my number of roles. So at present I simply wish to replicate for a couple of moments with you and share some pictures and some recollections. It’s actually inconceivable for me to recount all of them, however listed below are only a few:
  2. Individuals I’ve labored with via the years who served as teammates and mentors alongside the best way: Rob, Mike, Lisa J., Jeanette, Jordan, Rick, Danielle, Liz, Taylor, Rachel, Brandon, Matthew, Katie, Robin, Megan, Chloe and Shalynne….. to my present teammates: Chris, Alex, Julianna, Jasmine, Lisa M. and Jill. Individuals come and go in our lives and every of those people has performed a job a technique or one other. Some stay part of my story, others had been just a few paragraphs within the chapters. Nevertheless, all taught me precious classes alongside the best way.
  3. We’ve had some cool visitor audio system via the years. Dave McGillivray following the Boston Marathon bombing will stand out to me, but additionally Meb Keflezighi whose e book Run to Overcome will all the time function motivator to me.
  4.  The U-2 Dragon Woman was our featured plane in 2015. In that 12 months because the Workplace Admin, I labored carefully with the pilots who flew the plane and I received to study some neat issues about their job day by day and assist them out with attending to our occasion. I’m not an airplane guru by any means- in truth, I sometimes should examine no matter present plane we have now to understand it. However I do study them annually, and that one will all the time be considered one of my favorites, partially due to my encounter with the pilots. I completely love our flyovers yearly and am moved by them as they grace our skies and open our race for us.
  5.  Bucket Truck job: one 12 months I used to be tasked to sit down arise within the bucket elevate, many toes into the air the place I may oversee the entire begin and end line. My job was to identify the lead runners and name them in. Looks as if a foolish job when there are such a lot of methods (now) to trace these runners, however within the 12 months, I did that, there was worth to it. There have been additionally fascinating challenges. One: I couldn’t go away the place to go to the lavatory for hours, in order that was fascinating. However two (and way more essential): I had the possibility to see the occasion from a unique view/perspective. I’ve photos of the morning fog rolling out of the sky to point out our lovely airplanes. I present members crowding in to start the race. I noticed the lead runners come via, and I used to be so excessive it felt nearly like I may contact the airplane because it flew over. I’d spent all the earlier 12 months planning with the staff to execute that race and to see it unfold from above was a day I gained’t neglect.

Do what you like, love what you do.

Actually, the checklist is so lengthy, it’s inconceivable to place into phrases right here. The purpose is I actually do love my job. I really like this race. I’m excited to listen to the runner tales and to see you accomplish your targets on the end line. After I discuss with you, it makes each second of the 12 months’s planning worthwhile.  I’ve an incredible staff that makes up our occasion and I take pleasure in every considered one of them. We’re a small staff, however we’re an incredible one.

1 down, so many extra to go!

Whereas I’ve been with the occasion for 9 years now, I’m simply approaching my official 12 months 1 as Director. Being in cost has a complete new set of curve balls and views that are troublesome, however the nearer we get to September, the extra worthwhile every problem is. Reflecting on the expansion and on the particular methods this occasion has impacted and continues to influence me are good reminders. I additionally use this to problem you all to know to by no means quit in your goals.  Whereas life reshapes and modifications always, by no means cease rising to maintain being a greater model of you, whether or not that’s in your profession, as a person, in your athletic journey or all of the above. Life may be laborious (a variety of the time), however there are all the time positives and wonder discovered within the moments as effectively. Maintain going on your goals! See you all in September on the End Line!





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