(Say That 3 Times Fast!)
I (Lisa) and the Bibs2Bags team would like to extend our Congratulations to Andy Schachat on his 20th year of announcing events.
Anyone who runs in NH, Maine, and even parts of Massachusetts, knows his voice. I have told Andy this story, but wanted to share it with you as well.
Back in October of 2006 (so I am celebrating my 10th year of running this year!), I decided on a whim to sign up for my first race ever-the UNH Homecoming 5k. I had never run before this, and honestly I hated running. As a child, I would cry for weeks prior to running the mile in gym class. Running had always been a source of stress for me, so the fact that I was signing up for this race, untrained, was pretty outlandish. Not having trained, having had a baby earlier that year, and knowing nothing about running at all, I spent the entire time feeling out of my league and swearing that I would never run another step again.
As I headed toward the finish line, completely defeated, I heard the announcer call my name. I had never participated in sports, so this was the first time something like this had ever happened to me. His enthusiasm made me feel like I had won the race! I am 1000% sure that if it wasn’t for this “announcer”, I would have never run another race again. This voice is what made me want to run again. This voice belonged to Andy.
I remember running my first Boston Marathon as a charity runner. I was beyond nervous. Not only was I about to take part in the most prestigious marathon in the world, I was concerned I’d let down all of the donors who were so generous in helping me raise the money I needed in order to run. As I approached the start line, trembling, I heard that familiar voice. It was Andy on the microphone, doing the announcing before the race. I immediately felt more at ease hearing his voice. It was nice to have a bit of home away from home.
You cannot think of running without thinking of Andy. I’m actually bummed when I run a race where Andy isn’t the announcer. I race a lot, so for the most part, I don’t have friends or family running or cheering me on at every race. But it’s so nice to know that when you run a race where Andy is announcing, you always have a cheerleader, and a friend, waiting for you at the finish. And each time, he makes you feel like a rock star.
As runners, we may not always say it, but Thank You for always being there for us at the Finish Line.
Congratulations on 20 Years, Andy, and Here's to Hearing Your Voice for 20 More!!
Congratulations!!! Great Tribute!
I got chocked up reading your story Lisa. Andy has made me feel like a rock star on several occasions. I'm still working to improve my speed and I'm also looking into what it takes to become an announcer. I so love your story and thank you for putting into words what a lot of us "back of the pack" runners are probably thinking, but has not expressed. Andy is a class act and I hope to hear him at many more races to come.
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About The Authors
A 25 Year Veteran of the Group Fitness Industry, Erika currently teaches Kickboxing, Step, and H.I.I.T. classes at Guilford Parks & Rec.
An Avid Runner, Lisa began her running career about 10 Years Ago.