A little history. Last year, <3 and I joined our cycling club. Since it's run out of the bike shop I work at, I'm deeply involved in it by default but <3 became the club newsletter editor last year and is a voting member of the board. The club was founded in 1980 as a road cycling club and has since expanded to all disciplines. With over 200 members, you can find people interested in road racing, ultra-marathons, triathlons, mtb, 'cross, kids and family riding, you name it, we have a team for it. It's a great club with great people.
The club hosts a yearly picnic every summer and <3 and I were excited for last years. We wanted to meet more club members and wanted to use this opportunity as a meet and greet of sorts. When we arrived, about 10 people were there. Most of them were pushing 60 and they were all sitting in a circle talking about the old days. Needless to say, <3 and I were disappointed.
Since we're active members of the club and intimate with the workings of it, we've decided to help promote change within the club. We've started coming up with ideas for this year's picnic but I'd love to pick the collective Foo brain to possibly come up with some more. We want the picnic to be fun, family friendly, exciting and something that more than 12 people want to attend. The best idea so far is a sort of triathlon were the events are 12" bicycle dash, potato sack run, and something else which hasn't been determined.
The idea is that competition builds excitement, something sorely lacking from the club's get-togethers. Any ideas?