Running with Amanda Race Timing
So we bit another bullet and invested several thousand dollars in our own timing system. Now we can time our races, but it also gives us an opportunity to help others who find themselves in the situation we have been in. Our goal is not to compete with the established timers out there, folks who have done tremendous service for us and the rest of the Arkansas running community. Our goal is to keep our timing services simple and affordable in order to give those small charity races an opportunity to offer chip timing to their runners. Eventually, we hope you outgrow us and find yourself needing the services of a timing service with more capacity and versatility.
We have directed road races to raise money for charity for the past four years. The first two years, we did not offer chip timing because the quoted price threatened to leave us with nothing to donate to the supported charity. As our races gained popularity, many runners indicated a greater likelihood of returning if we started chip timing. The last two years we bit the bullet and paid the price, and planned to continue doing so. But Easter falls on our normal race weekend in 2017, so we moved the race a week later. Every timing service we contacted was already booked that weekend, a year out!
We started running to get/stay in shape, but our motivation changed in 2011 when our oldest daughter, Amanda Marie Allison, was killed by a drunken, stoned 19-year-old at a party. Since then we have been Running with Amanda in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of teen substance abuse and to honor our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without faith in Christ, there is no way we could have moved forward in the wake of Amanda's death. Our timing service will continue this mission, to honor Christ and raise awareness of the dangers of teen substance abuse.