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Hull of a Race Tid Bits for the Sake of Having a Historical Background

How do you spell Hull? HULL. Where's that? Oh, it's a little spot in the road just off of interstate 72 just across the river from Hannibal, MO. So why would anyone want to start 5K or 1OK races there?

Way back in 2006, Lori, a physical therapist, was working with 2 ladies from Hull who had Parkinson's Disease. Add 2 husbands and you have a relatively unlikely group to establish a race. Lori had participated in some races, and the rest of us had never even been to one. We didn't have a clue as to what we were supposed to do.

After one year under our belts with Lori, we became experts! We were ready for 2007. We moved up the ladder qf progress and hung up our stopwatch and put away the clip boards. We went for professional help - Alan Avery, a professional timer, rescued us.

We were headed for 2008. We went into the field of amenities for our racers - we had Scottie Potties brought in. But a dark cloud moved in - our leader, Lori, was leaving us. Jim and Marilyn took over as directors in 2008.

2009 brought us a wonderful surprise --an unintended "crashing" of a West Pike class reunion produced 6 new people to help put Hull of a Race on each year. Hats off for the class of 1999 from West Pike. We also picked up several older West Pike alumni, so we have about 16 on our Hull of a Race committee.

We lost 1 of our original founders, Sam in 2010. We carry on - that's what he would have wanted. We brought the world of technology into the picture, we started using the internet to pre­ register.

2011 finds us turning our web site over to a web master. The bright spot for this race is we sent a check for $10,000 to the St. Louis Area Parkinson's Association for research. Another loss was endured - we lost another founder, Mable. We celebrated their passing by stating "Sam and Mable have crossed the finish line".

We were getting the hang of this project, and we were tired of just being called "the committee". We wanted some identity. Races need a "pit crew." So in 2012 we became "The Pit Crew." We added a food court for the racers at the finish line and sent in another check for $10,000 - just the same old "ho-hum."

The best thing that happened in 2013 was the Hull of a Race sending in another check for $10,000. That was three years in a row!

Then 2014 rolled in (or should we say "rained" in.) It poured all through the night and was still raining during the race. We didn't have room for people to take shelter. It was very difficult to register runners, and it hurt us financially, as many people did not come. Look at the bright side - only 1 bad weather year out of eight years. The check was sent but it was for only $9,000. Mother Nature is permanently in charge, and don't you forget it.

2015 through 2019 have been successful years for Hull of s Race. Each year we have sent $10,000 or more to the St. Louis Area Parkinson's Association with all of that money going toward research.

We now tout a Flat and Fast Certified Course with 3 rehydration stations along the 5k course and 6 rehydration station along the 10k course. We encourage people pushing strollers or wheelchairs to participate. The race is now professionally chip timed by Elvish Consulting. In May of 2018 we received our 501(c)(3) status.

2019 marked the passing from Parkinson's disease of one of our original members, Donetta "Sue" Moore. In her memory we are even more committed to improve our event to raise money for Parkinson's research.

We were disappointed that we had to cancel the Hull of a Race in 2020 due to Covid but continued to plan to revitalize the race in 2021.

Membership in this organization has fluctuated during the previous 15 races, yes -- 15 races. Where have the years gone? As we have had new people join us, we benefit from all the talents they bring with them. We believe that the money we've collected is important and must continue for 15 more races and beyond. Join us and become a member of our group... a member of the "Pit Crew" for the Hull of a Race.

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