Chin Up: In a year of canceled races, one event director shows us how it can be done (with help)

There is no one in Wisconsin doing races better right now than Sean Osborne of Oconomowoc and his company, Silver Circle Sports Events.

The 51-year-old former commercial real estate broker who turned aside hustle and hobby of running into a full-time race event business has been putting on fun runs and competitive 5Ks for several months now during the pandemic – successfully and safely.

While the coronavirus pandemic rages on, crowd restrictions and other rules have devastated the racing community in Wisconsin – and nationally – by causing race directors everywhere to cancel or defer their running races, rides, triathlons and obstacle course races.

But Osborne has worked with Waukesha County officials to drastically change the way we race – and yet hold socially distant races all the same.

We needed this for a simple, two-tiered reason:

Other races are being planned – carefully, with guarded optimism – because a few organizers have been looking at what SCSE has been able to achieve in 2020.

And, outdoor active and social activities are critical to our physical and mental well-being during these anxious times of uncertainty, negative news blasts and isolation.

The key to everything here is Osborne’s insistence on no-contact, socially distant, spread-out races and his rapport with Waukesha County which has granted him permits on their public parks and spaces to run them.

It’s still been a tough year.

In January, SCSE had 105 races on the 2020 calendar; eight were…

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