Matt met me immediately after I got checked in. He then took me around the course to give me a glimpse of what was in store, and started to introduce me to many of the Race Directors and other interns working the event. As someone who has also had the task of managing volunteers for large events, it was great to be with Matt as he checked in on the volunteers while he took me through the course and made sure that they were taken care of and having just as great of an experience as the racers were. For those who don't know me as well, for a guy with a Sport Management background whose professional career has been spent primarily in college admissions focusing on event management and great guest experience, getting a glimpse behind the scenes was a ton of fun for me. This was a side to the event that most racers don't get to see - the incredible amount of work that goes into the coordination of such a major event. And that's just during the event, not to mention all the work leading up to and after, and for Red Frog, it seems all done with a smile and the utmost desire to make sure that each and every person who is at the event from the racers, to the spectators, to the volunteers, has the best experience possible.
So to Matt and the entire staff at Red Frog Events, thanks for an extremely memorable experience both on and off the course at Warrior Dash Illinois. I can't wait for my next Warrior Dash here in Michigan in July, and if you need some volunteer help, I'm pretty good at carrying around 5-gallon water jugs :)
Oh and in case they read this:
Marty - That mustache is epic. And I mean Burt Reynolds epic.
Blades - Your mom is awesome. Seriously, awesome.
Madelyn - Thanks for being ready to pull me out of the fire in case I happened to trip on my way over. I had complete confidence you'd rush in to save me.
Matt - "Did we just become best friends?"