While our annual meet up for Fifty States HALF Marathon Club was a great time at Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas for our 2012 destination, our 2013 annual meet up destination at Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon was even bigger and better!
To start off, Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon race management team was spectacular to work with. They were extremely organized, and truly hosted our group, by providing us a complimentary table at their expo to hand out specially designed Space Coast - Fifty States Half Marathon Club shirts they designed and purchased for all of our members. They also allowed us to present some of our official challenge finisher trophies at their hosted pre-race dinner prior to Jeff Galloway speaking, and also provided us a post race tent. This made for one of our best annual meet ups yet, in addition to drawing almost 60 of our members and their families down to the Space Coast event! From Tiki Bar meet up on Friday at our host hotel Radisson at the Port, to a fun pre race dinner where most of our members gathered, to a fun race day with members of our club, to our final wrap meeting for dinner, appetizers and drinks at Fishlips on the Cape Canaveral bay, combining that with GREAT COMPANY of our truly fabulous members of our running club I've met, I must say our 2013 annual meet up was a hit!
We now are currently working on selecting approximately 10 events for our members to vote on to identify our 2014 annual meet up that will be held in either September or October next year. This first list will be coming out soon! If you are an event within an hour of a MAJOR airport, and feel you could provide a similar experience to what Space Coast provided us for 2013, we welcome you to reach out to us for consideration! But must act soon, because once our list is out, there is no turning back :)
Also, those planning to join our club, if you want to get in on the VOTE for the 2014 annual meet up for next September / October 2014, you must join within the next day! The vote will come out soon!
We typically send approximately 10 events out for vote. We analyze our results and narrow down to final 3. We then discuss with the final 3 race directors and race management teams, and add any incentives to draw our members to choose that particular event. Since we close to doubled in membership in 2013, we anticipate an even bigger turnout than this year's 60 attendees! Looking forward to our 2014 annual meet up already!!
Here are some photos from our 2013 annual meet up!
As always, search for a half marathon at the most up to date 2014 half marathon calendar on the web!