It seems a little bit hard for me to believe that people are signing up for the second Historic Haunt. It seems as though it was just a short time ago that the decision to start Run Richmond was made. When that happened I started running regularly at White Hall. I got to have a real love/hate relationships with some of those hills. So when we decided that a race was going to be the best way to help build and support the running community in Richmond it made sense to do it at White Hall. I am so glad that things worked out the way they did.
The first Historic Haunt didn’t go off without any hitches. We made a few mistakes and learned some valuable lessons. Overall though it was a huge success. We donated over $3000 to local organizations. We had numerous people commenting that this was the first 5K or 10K they had ever done and we had a couple dozen kids possibly start a love of running by doing the free Little Goblins Run. We had fun, from what I heard you guys had fun it was just a big win all the way around.
Like I said though we learned some lessons from our mistakes. We applied those lessons to the Water To Wine 5K this May. That race became even bigger than the Historic Haunt in registrations and in exposure for Run Richmond. The Water To Wine 5K was a tremendous success all the way around. The good news is that we learned from that as well. We want to take the lessons from our first two races and keep improving both of them.
The main thing we learned from the Water To Wine is that we loved partying with you guys. The “Twine Market & Design Party In The Barn” was awesome. That is the type of thing that builds community. Spending time with each other talking and having fun. That is what we want to add to the Historic Haunt. That is one reason that we have moved the start time to 5:30 pm. We loved having the food truck at the Water To Wine 5K. Food trucks for morning races don’t seem to make as much sense to me. Plus, let us be honest, a party is going to be better on Saturday evening than bright and early on Saturday morning.
So this year the Historic Haunt is going to be new and improved. Our vision is for there to be fire pits lit after dark with people roasting marshmallows while people tell their “ghost stories” from the White Hall State Historic Site. We hope to have the Apollo Pizza food truck on site providing the best post race meal you could imagine. What hope for more than anything is that we have a ton of new runners that chose this to be their first race. We hope that you decided to push past your 5K comfort zone and choose the 10K. We hope that registrations go so well that we get to write over $5000 in checks to our charity partners for this event.
If you haven’t already get registered right away. Tell your friends about the race. Share the Facebook Event. Contact us if you are part of a business or know of a business that would like to become a sponsor for the race. We will be doing tons of marketing over the next few months and our sponsors will get a bunch of recognition.