The end of the year is great for three things: to celebrate our successes, to determine our failures, and to set new goals.
The Boilermaker has a lot to celebrate as we close this year. The 40th running went off without a hitch! With a record number of participants and sponsors our community came out in droves to support our hometown race. No sooner did we put our sneakers away did we start to plan for the 2018 race. That ball is already rolling and believe it or not the race is less than 200 days away already.
This year we kicked off the Boilermaker Urban Initiative with a fundraising campaign. Did you know that this was the first time the Boilermaker created a fundraiser for our own outreach programming? Did you know that we are a not-for-profit agency? Yea! We are! The inaugural Run for U campaign raised $25,000 for the Boilermaker Urban Initiative, speaking volumes about not only your generosity but the special place this race continues to occupy in this community’s collective heart. Speaking very honestly, there were moments in this office that we were genuinely humbled by you.
We have a lot to celebrate here at 805 Court Street. It was a good year. But with success comes struggles. Struggles can be good! They provide opportunity to regroup, re-plan and find a new path for successful growth. We said good-bye to an outstanding president. Our public market limped along and we are still trying to plug all the pieces in for the Boilermaker Urban Initiative.
Boy, have these successes and struggles really given us some perspective and direction. We are re-working the plan for the Public Market…. And it’s going to be good! The Boilermaker Urban Garden, was such a highlight of the year but we can do better. Do you know what it’s like to make a difference in a community and in the life of a teenager? Well it’s pretty gosh darn incredible! Not to mention the 80 plus kids we inspired in the Boilermaker Kids In Training after school running club. All of these areas are expanding in 2018!
Our goals for 2018 are pretty simple: become the best Boilermaker, in all our capacities, that we can be. We will continue to bring you the best Boilermaker experience as we work to make this year better than last because YOU keep coming back and we love that! But we are going to be a better Boilermaker for you as we keep growing the Boilermaker Urban Initiative and our beloved community, throughout the year.
Many thanks to those who supported us in 2018! The 1600 people who donated to “Run for U”, the thousands of volunteers that gave us their time Boilermaker weekend, the individuals that helped get the Boilermaker Urban Initiative off the ground and of course our runners. You compel us to be better! THANK YOU!
May 2018 bring you the best you ever.