Nothing like the recent dose of spring to make us doubt the groundhog! I’m totally ready for spring as I always am, and March is one of my favorite months. For me, it could be one of the most challenging months ever. More on that later.
SRR’s has only three races and our spring Beginning Runners Class on the schedule. Those two races are the Lamb 5K over in Mooresville on March 24th. We will send a small timing group to that one. On the same day at Concordia Lutheran Church is the Love Thy Neighbor 10K/5K, low-key run, and race that often draws a good crowd. They will use one of our digital clocks so that runners can see their times. On March 31st, the Mt. Hope Church 5K will be held at Salisbury Community Park. SRR will be timing that one too. The Beginning Runners Class starts on Tuesday, March 13th at Novant Health. As usual, it will meet for eight weeks and will culminate with the graduates running the Bare Bones 5K in May.
Things are still shaking out for the April schedule but the popular Rock Your Sox at Knox 5K will be held on April 15th and the Teens with a Mission 5K is set for Friday evening, April 20th. Something new is in the works. Last year, we tried to get the “Learn to Ride, Rowan” bike program underway. Community support looks better this time and I believe it will happen this spring. Our goal is to assist Salisbury Parks and Rec with offering the opportunity for anyone who hasn’t learned to ride a bike to get that opportunity. Our volunteers will run along with the new riders as they learn to balance the bikes around a track, probably at the J. F. Hurley YMCA. This program will be open to all ages.
My own big challenge should be just underway as you get this newsletter. My goal is to run across North Carolina from Murphy in the west to Manteo on the Outer Banks. I am hoping to average close to 25 miles a day on a journey that should cover more than 600 miles. This time, I will return to Rowan along the way to handle various commitments, so it won’t be a continuous trip but not far from it. My goal is to finish the entire journey by mid-April.
Just a few words about one of the best races in our area. Best doesn’t always mean the biggest. I am often asked about what it takes to have a good race. The Will Run for Food 5K on Saturday, February 24th had many of the best things that I like to see. A detail-oriented race director with a good personality is the best start and we had that in Carla Kluttz. I like a safe course that isn’t too hard or too easy and a rural setting is always a plus. Nice shirts, food, and awards always help and this one did. A good mix of
people, including all ages and some walkers, but also some special stories that are unique to the race. We had an entrant from Germany and a first-timer who is training to go into the Navy who surprised even himself with the longest and fastest run of his life.
The female winner was 11-year-old Emberleigh Pauley-Brown, SRR’s up and coming young runner, who PR’d at 22:19 while beating a close rival. I like the good stories that each race generates and this one was full of them. Beautiful weather, plenty of good conversation and substantial proceeds for the church’s food packing program kept the good things coming. Overall, I think the race grew in numbers this year and that bucks a trend that causes some concern in the pattern that has developed with so many races available.
Bottom line, if you haven’t done this race, consider it for next year.
“One day of practice is like one day of clean living, it doesn’t do any good!”
-SRR member Wayne Crowder.
See you on the roads!