About Kick It Event Management
By the time our oldest child, Wyatt, started first grade at Isaac Dickson Elementary We had already managed the Thomas Wolfe 8k for two years. After hearing about our involvement in the Asheville Track Club, Kate Fisher, another super-involved parent, convinced us to begin a fun run for the school.
As chronic volunteers, we said "Yes!" and came up with the Isaac Dickson Elementary School Hot Chocolate 10k and 1k Hill Climb! After our third year as directors of the TW8K, we moved on and focused solely on the IDES Hot Chocolate runs on a volunteer basis.
As luck would have it (and with a good helping of determination) that “little fundraiser” became extremely important to the school. In the first seven years, we've raised over $96,000, and have helped to support the school's teachers, students and facilities. Now in our ninth year, it has also become one of the Asheville running community's favorite events, having been voted the Best Foot Race in Western North Carolina (10k and under) two years in row!
Throughout 2012 and 2013, other organizations would occasionally ask us to manage or help with their events. Seeing the need, Leslie launched Kick It Events in January of 2014. Our events for 2014 included: the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10k, the Mountain Sports Festival Mile Run, the Farm 2 Table 5k (the Asheville Track Club’s Bele Chere 5k replacement), and the Thomas Wolfe 8K.
Moving into 2015, we continued with the Hot Chocolate 10k in January, the Asheville High School Band Aid 5k/8 in February, the Race to the Taps six race series with the Asheville Radio Group highlighting local breweries, the Asheville Running Experience, a five-race weekend highlighting running in Asheville, and the Thomas Wolfe 8K.
We always strive to put on the best events possible. This means doing our best to predict the future and plan ahead; To be proactive and NOT reactive. We consider an event a success when we are able to put on a safe event that benefits the community and provides fun for most attendees. Simple as that!