Two of the past three years my brother and I have participated in the Jeff Drenth Memorial Footrace as part of the Venetian Festival in Charlevoix, Michigan. In 2008 and 2010, we both placed in the top three of our respective age groups and medaled.
Part of finishing the race is having your time clocked and recorded, not only, for future reference, but also as an official time to determine final results. In addition to your race time, some of the information used in recording these results is provided during registration.
Registering for most races usually includes payment to compete, being given a number and tag, getting a complimentary tee-shirt and providing your particulars such as name, age and city.
Both years my brother and I have successfully registered with the exception of one minor detail that continues to leave us a little confused. We have both submitted our personal info as being twenty somethings from the city of Big Rapids... However, year after year the final race results show us to be from Grant, MI.
This is irrelevant, but random nonetheless. We cannot help but wonder, and even inquire as to why this mistake is continually made. My explanation is that we must be saved into a database which will continue to show us being from Grant, MI until changed. That change may never take place because it's such a minor detail, and not one either of us cares too much about.
So, for the time being, and possibly for the rest of our Drenth Memorial races, Matt and I will continue to represent the town of Grant, MI proudly. After all, they are the Tigers, and in this state that's a mascot I have no problem being associated with.
Here are some snapshot photos from the online postings of the race results: