Hello Everyone! For those of you who are volunteers, THANK YOU. For those of you who are runners, I hope your training is going well!
Here are a few key updates and please note that we also post info on our Facebook page:
Training Runs — Start Sunday, May 5th
It’s time to kick off the official Sunday Training runs. Get to know your fellow Knee Knackerers and the course in a friendly and supportive environment. Everyone is welcome–you don’t need to be a Knee Knacker participant to join. Check out our training run page for all of the info. This year your fearless training run leaders are Glenn Pacé, Patricia Jensen and Mark Grist. And a thank you also goes to Clive Boness who leads the ‘unofficial Wednesday night runs’.
Last chance to order Knee Knacker jackets
Great news for runners and volunteers who haven’t yet ordered a commemorative jacket. After checking with our supplier, we’ve been able to extend the purchase deadline to midnight, May 7th. For information about the jacket or to purchase one, go to our 25th Anniversary jacket page. If you’d like to see the style in person, there will be men’s and women’s samples including colour swatches at the Sunday, May 5th training run.
We are excited to offer runners and volunteers the ability to raise money for North Shore Rescue through a personalized fundraising page. Last year, the Knee Knacker community raised over $20,000 for North Shore Rescue. Our goal for this 25th year is $25,000! We are pleased to once again announce that the person who raises the most money will be given a GUARANTEED ENTRY into Knee Knacker 2014! Last year, Kristin Kopec set the bar high–let’s see who can top that this year!
This is a special year! If you have pictures or stories from the early years, please let us know. We’d love to post these on our site for everyone to enjoy.
Please be in touch if you have any questions or comments.
I look forward to seeing you on the trails,
I’m really pleased to announce we have two new Knee Knacker Committee members this year — Wendy Montgomery and Mark Grist. Many of you will already know Wendy and Mark from their involvement over the years with a number of local races and we are thrilled to have their knowledge and expertise. Wendy is the current Race Director for Diez Vista, and Mark holds the distinction of not only completing the Knee Knacker 16 times, but being the youngest ever to get to that number!
- Enzo Federico — founder, finances & web
- Julie Flynn — Aid Station co-ordinator
- Patricia Jensen — Sponsor & permit co-ordinator, training run leader
- Tim Jones — North Shore Rescue
- Bev McKenna — Banquet co-ordinator
- Dennis Marchant — Volunteer co-ordinator
- Glenn Pace — Course and Runner co-ordinator, training run leader
- Jeff Trigg — Graphics, posters, volunteer & runners’ shirts
- Kelsy Trigg — Race Director
- Andrew Wong — Website, social media & trail work co-ordinator.
I look forward to another exciting year. As always, please be in touch.
As we head full swing into 2013, I want to take a few minutes to sincerely thank Rod Hatfull for his countless volunteer hours and 13 years on the Knee Knacker committee. Rod’s decided to step down from the committee this year, but he’ll continue to be around and involved leading up to race day. I am already going through withdrawal, but Rod assures me we’ll all be fine
Rod’s first Knee Knacker was in 1995 (he’s done 9), and he got involved in the training runs in 1998. Rod’s first official year on the committee was in 1999, so he’s second only to Enzo as longest serving committee member. With Enzo, Ken, Paul, Mike & me as RDs during this time, Rod has been a big part of the continuity and history of our race.
I will miss Rod’s awesome sense of humour, care, deep knowledge and willingness to jump in however needed.
As you run by the Race in Progress signs this year, think of Rod making each one of these by hand — a small example of Rod’s huge contribution over the last 13 years.
Please join me in thanking Rod.
Dear Knee Knacker Volunteers,
THANK YOU so much for all of your work, passion, dedication, humour and care that went in to making this year’s Knee Knacker another incredible day! I am so appreciative of all of the big and little things each of you do to contribute to this ‘crazy little run’. This year, the Knee Knacker community raised over $19,000 for North Shore Rescue (and the tally is still growing — we may hit $20,000!) and my inbox exploded with thanks to all of YOU who make the day so special for so many people. Thank you. I hope to see you again next year.
My sincere thanks,
Knee Knacker Race Director
As the logistics planning leading up to Knee Knacker 2012 is in full swing, I wanted to thank all of our amazing volunteers. I say this every year, and I mean it most sincerely. Without our 250+ volunteers, we would not have this run, this much fun, be able to support North Shore Rescue, or contribute to our community like we all do. Each year, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of all of you. THANK YOU!
Many volunteers come back year after year, and we have examples of people who have been VOLUNTEERING for two decades. One of the topics that came up at our Knee Knacker committee meeting last night was how hard it is to properly thank and acknowledge everyone’s contributions. If you are a runner and have a story to share about a volunteer who helped you in a special way, please let us know. If you are a volunteer, please let us know what we can do to keep you coming back each year. I look forward to seeing all of you in the next 10 days.
Taper well, rest well, eat well and enjoy the anticipation!
Knee Knacker Race Director
With less than one month to go before the race is underway, we’re busy filling the last of the volunteer spots for the course. All of the aid station crew and timer positions are full, but there are still a few marshall positions that are open. If you can assist with one or more of these positions, please fill out the online request form. This is a great way for friends and family of the runners to experience the course first-hand and to help make our event a success!
- Hollyburn Mountain Ranger Station (7:30am to 10:00am), one person
- British Properties/Craigmohr (8:00am to 11:00am), one person
- Skyline Shortcut (8:30am to 12:00pm), one person
- LSCR Varley Trail (11:00am to 1:30pm), two people
- Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge (9:30am to 2:00pm), one person
- Indian River Road (1:00pm to 4:30pm), one person
- Photograph and certificate sorter (at banquet, starting at 4:00pm), 2–3 people
- Transport crew with pick-up truck or SUV (various times during day), one person
- Transport crew assistant — no vehicle needed (various times during day), one person
And don’t forget, our post-race banquet needs more volunteers for the set-up and for during the banquet!
Don’t worry, you’re not expected to cook for 350 guests and Gordon Ramsay won’t be patrolling the aisles critiquing you! The Knee Knacker banquet finishes our race for the year, and we need a few more volunteers to help make it an amazing event for all our guests. There are two banquet shifts: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. for Set-up and 5 — 10 p.m. for Banquet serving and clean-up. We need 5–6 people for Set-up and 6–8 people for the Banquet shift. You can sign up using the volunteer form. On the form, indicate which shift you’d like to work (maybe both!).
All 2011 volunteer positions have been filled. Many thanks to all our volunteers! Meanwhile, the countdown to Saturday clicks on relentlessly, and your committee is working furiously on last minute preparations.