Friday, February 21, 2014

HMF Staff Spotlight: Genevieve Lattimer

Since joining HMF nine months ago, Genevieve has brought great energy and organization to our team as Registration Manager. If you have a question about registration, Genevieve is the one you talk to.  She has also been instrumental in rolling out our new Deferment Credit Policy, whereby runners can choose to defer race entry up to 14 days before the event and use credit toward a future HMF race. Learn more about Genevieve below to put a face and a story with the helpful guru of all things race registration related!

Registration & Data Manager

Role at HMF:
Coordinate every aspect of online registration for each of the HMF events.  Answer customer questions related to registration, maintain and manage the registration databases, update marketing database with information for all HMF runners.  Assist HMF team by providing weekly reports related to registration trends.  Order bibs for all HMF events.  Coordinate bib mailings and Mail My Packet mailings to our runners.  Set-up and manage Packet Pick-up for certain events.  Coordinate large group registrations for Hartford Marathon.

Role on race day:
The Registration Team works on Race Day and any Packet Pick-up times. We lead a team of volunteers to handle the bib assignments for pre-registered runners, handle race day registrations and bib assignments.  Answer any questions related to registration.  Coordinate with timers to ensure smooth results presentation.

Are you a runner, what’s your running style or type if so:
I have been a runner since childhood, when my elementary school gym teacher started a running club for students to arrive early at school and run a ¼ mile loop around our football fields.  I participated on my high school swim team, and running was great cross-training during that time.  Throughout high school and college I ran for pleasure, but ran my first “competitive race” as an adult when I participated in a 5K sponsored by Silk City Striders in Manchester, CT.  I enjoyed the spirit and camaraderie at the race and began entering more 5K races.  I don’t run to compete, rather I simply enjoy being out with a pack of runners enjoying the course and having fun.  Now that I am a mom, I need running to keep my stress-level down but I’ve suffered a few running related injuries the past three years that have made it harder to enjoy.  My favorite time to run is when I roll out of bed at 5AM and hit the pavement by myself – it’s the best way to start my day!

Favorite HMF race you've worked and why:
I loved being a part of the 20th running of the Hartford Marathon.  I was still relatively new to HMF and was really impressed watching our staff, and so many volunteers, put on a spectacular event for thousands of runners and spectators.  By race day, the whole team was physically and mentally exhausted, but standing back and watching the racers and the crowds was awe inspiring and kept us going.  I’m excited to take what I learned and improve on it for October 2014!

All-time best race experiences:
The 2009 Blue Back Mitten Run was my favorite race to run.  I had just recovered from a month-long sickness after and was feeling really great.  The course was awesome and I ran the best 5K time of my life!

Most inspiring race day moments:
I really love to see older generations participate in races.  I always applaud hardest for the 60 and above age group awards.  I hope to be out there enjoying running for the rest of my life – so these folks inspire me!

Favorite post-workout snack:
Greek yogurt

What makes you get up in the morning:
I don’t like to sit still for long.
I want to add….I really love being part of an organization that works REALLY hard, but has fun while doing so, and provides healthy events that give back so much to the community.

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