Well, it’s finally here. The Tree Farm Relay is this Saturday, and it promises to be the biggest and best relay ever!
Over the years, this event has grown until it’s become the chapter’s largest fundraiser. They money is important – it’s over 1/2 of our budget for the year – but what always touches me is how many people come together to make this weekend work. Even tonight, a few days before the race, several volunteers were out on the trail doing final touches on the trail. A little trimming here, a little armoring there – the trail was already perfect, but they are spending their evening making it more perfect. And behind the scenes, others are busy working on the parts that you don’t see – making sure there’s food and beverages, arranging for music and a stage rental, renting porta-potties, and seeing to the myriad of other details that make this weekend special.
We’re delighted when people declare that this is their favorite race of the year. Whether you’re in it for the competition or are just looking for a great ride in the park with friends and professional timing, there are a lot of people working hard to make it a great day for everyone. Even if you’re not into racing, come out to Lakeshore Park on Saturday, introduce yourself, and see what all the fuss is about.