Mollie Jarvis of Horseheads has been named the new race director of the Wineglass Marathon.
The 39-year-old mother of three teenage daughters is not a runner, but she
brings expertise as a former trade show and event planner for Corning, Inc.
, as valuable assets needed for the management of the annual event.As an event planner, Jarvis has organized golf tournaments, arranged hotel accommodations, and created customized meetings and in-house projects. "I thought I would like to someday own my own event planning business, and I was researching that [when I saw the want ad]," said Jarvis, hired in June by the Wineglass Running Club executive board.
"I love sports, and knew I could do the job, so I applied." Jarvis
, who grew up in Portville (near Olean) but has lived in Horseheads for 19 years, was one of 30 applicants, then one of four finalists interviewed for the race directorship position.
"The Wineglass Running Club
is a group of incredible people, with dynamic men and women who all have their areas of expertise," said Jarvis
, who has coached an 18-under softball team."[During the interview] we all liked each other, and it all fell into place.
"I think we can make the race into something different [in the future]," Jarvis
also wants the community to get to know the local runners up-close-and-personal via prerace media attention and profiles.She
wants you to care enough about the individuals to come out and cheer each one to the finish line.Spectator support has been weak in past years.
And it takes 400 volunteers to make the Wineglass marathon come alive.Jarvis
will be contacting community groups and schools in surrounding cities to recruit help.
"The more people involved, the bigger our race can be," she
During the interview, Jarvis
was asked which part of the job she
would find most frightening.Her
answer: The runner part.
not afraid to learn what makes us tick, and she
wants us to be well cared for along the way.Jarvis' number one priority in her
first year is safety for the runners.
"I want this event to be incredible for the runners," Jarvis
said."I want them to walk away and say, 'What a wonderful event!' I look at runners, and it amazes me how they enjoy (their sport) so much."
had a campaign platform, it might be: Spice it up!As the new race director, she's the head chef.
"The race isn't about me, it's about the runners," she
said."I'm the one who makes sure everything gets done.I'm the checklist person."
To put yourself on that list to volunteer, or for more information, go to the official website: www.wineglassmarathon.com.Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and Jarvis
will be in touch soon.