Well… the cold we can handle, but the ice is throwing a kink in our Resolution Run plans! We didn’t foresee the late afternoon ice fog or drizzle/snow in the forecast and now we have major icy road problems in Asheville. Personally speaking, we were on the roads in Asheville and stuck for 4 hours trying to get home this evening. It is apparent to us how dangerous it would be to continue to have this race for our volunteers, staff, vendors and our runners since the temperature is just going to continue to drop and roadways will not have a chance to melt.
We have been producing races for upwards of 12 years and this is the first race we have ever canceled. We feel very fortunate to have been able to get thru MANY difficult races over the years due to weather, but this one we are going to have to concede to Mother Nature. We do not take cancelling lightly at all… and typically we would wait until a few hours before the race to make a final decision. However, after talking with city officials, the police, and EMS it has become evident that those resources are going to be needed to help the folks stranded on the roads well into the night and tomorrow morning. Even if roads get de-iced, the sidewalks will remain icy for our runners and the side roads for those of you traveling to downtown Asheville will not be safe.
As far as the race goes, unfortunately we will not be able to reschedule the event due to city schedules. We encourage you to run this week - 5k or 10 mile, with your number on and post on our resolution run Facebook page a photo of you and your accomplishment with the hashtag #2018NYRR. We hope that if you are local or in the area that you will come by our office in Fletcher to pick up your shirt, bib and your medal if you didn’t pick it up yet on Saturday. Our office is located at 240 Old Airport Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732. Our office hours the week of 1/8 to 1/12 are the following: Tuesday and Friday: 11am-3pm, Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm, and Thursday: 11am-5pm.
If you ordered a shirt and/or medal — we would be happy to ship your shirt and medal, but you would need to pay for shipping HERE.
As most of you know much of the expense for the race have already been incurred on city fees, medals, shirts, goodies, food, drinks, staff prep for the event, pottery awards, etc… and this is a fundraiser for 3 non-profit organizations in our community. We will continue to make a monetary donation to our 3 charities regardless of this cancellation – Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, iDream Athletes Foundation and the YMCA of WNC, so your funds are going to great organizations in our community.
We encourage you to also still consider to donate gently used or new running shoes to the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Shoe Drive. You can bring the shoes to our office or take them directly to WCRM. Our goal is to get 100 pairs of shoes for WCRM, we have already received 34 pairs!
If you haven’t already picked them up on Saturday and you don’t want to get your awesome t-shirt/medal/goodies and you feel you would still like to have something back for yourself, we want to do the right thing by all of you. We can issue you a discount code to be used for the 2019 New Year’s Resolution Run. The code would be good for the amount you paid for your registration fee. Deadline to contact us for this code is January 15th, 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your discount code.
Again, we are disappointed about having to cancel this race tomorrow and hope that you all will understand and have a safe New Year.