I hope everyone had a great National Running Day yesterday. I celebrated with a 4 mile run downtown on the water and by announcing the Digital Running Club’s Tennessee Ragnar Relay Team. As part of that launch, I spent the afternoon contacting the list of runners looking for a team. One of those runners happened to be Ragnar Tennessee Race Director, Leslie Keener. She said she’d love to run with us, but she’d be a little busy during the race. That’s absolutely understandable, though I wonder why she was on the list in the first place.
Anyway, she’s very nice and brought up a good point (which I have to admit I’ve thought of a few times myself). Here’s what she said:
I would love to chat with you a bit more about some ways to make sure that the people that you are contacting can be assured that you are legitimately trying to put a team together. Please know that I do not think you are running a shady operation at all…I think it is really cool what you are doing. I have just gotten a few emails already from runners that received an email from you asking if I knew if you were legitimate or not.
Obviously, the best way is for her to just tell everyone we are legit, but how does she know? I mean her credibility and the credibility of the relay series itself is certainly on the line if she vouches for us and we turn out to be scamming people. If we are scamming, then each person who signs up is out a few hundred bucks.
Does anyone out there have any ideas? How can we inspire confidence in potential team members? Should we take a lesson from MC Hammer and name the team “Too Legit to Quit”…or the even trendier, “2 legit 2 quit”? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments.