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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Success Is More than Hard Work



Over the summer my friend’s husband introduced me to his work partner. “Seldom people work so well together, our contract for over 20 years is a handshake”

True.

There are projects that simply work well from the start while many others as worth it fail or never take off the ground.

What accounts for the difference between the two?

Celebrate Life Half Marathon started over a casual conversation between two runners who wanted to organize a race to raise money and assist local cancer patients. The idea was good, the work demanding and the expectations low. Who would want to run a race in the midst of winter, a long distance race no less?

The Race Directors were baffled when 225 runners signed up the first year. Now, 7 years later, the participation has tripled.

“Success is not an accident” the USATF expert who certified the course said.

Success is not an accident; it comes through had work – most of times, but also lots of good fortune paired with months of preparation.

It is hard to single out one reason that accounts for the success of anything and more so when there are so many others alike; was it the cause? Was it being a race that uses 100% of the proceeds to alleviate specific financial needs of cancer patients; was it the time of the year, the end of winter when runners are longing for a race; was it the passion infused in the event by the Race Directors?

Like my friend in the summer, seldom two people on a mission work so well together and compliment each other in their assignments. That is an accurate statement for Celebrate Life. The contrast of skills allows for duties in the preparation of the event to be individually defined but overlapping when necessary.

Over the past 6 years Celebrate Life has donated over $75,000 and assisted hundreds of patients. The reputation of the race has grown not only because of its organization but primarily because of the cause. Cancer survivors are recognized by the event. Many participants run or walk the race in memory of a loved one or run it for themselves while they celebrate life after cancer.

Celebrate Life is a success because of all the people involved behind the scenes. There are close to 100 volunteers on race day and over 50 sponsors every year who donate towards the cause. That combination is good fortune.

Tomorrow we will complete the 7th chapter of Celebrate Life and we will close the book for many months only opening it briefly to make a couple of decisions.

I will miss the chaotic times leading up to race day but it is a well deserved and needed break before we start gearing up for the 8th edition with lots more work to keep the bar raised where it is now, after all success is not an accident but lots of good fortune.