Spring has sprung and it’s a great time to go running, or walking or hiking, etc. Just this past weekend, I went with my daughter for a Sunday afternoon hike at Lake Norman State Park. I had a good run that morning and we planned to go to Stone Mountain for a hike but heavy rain was predicted for that area. So, we went to Lake Norman instead. They have a 5-mile trail that hugs portions of Lake Norman. Immediately, I thought that the trail wouldn’t be much of a challenge. Then I saw a sign that says “Allow 3 hours and 45 minutes for the whole trail”. It was a great hike over a moderately challenging course with some rain. Plenty of fun and an extra chance for enjoyable exercise. Check out the park if you haven’t already. The spring season will offer plenty more opportunities to experience the outdoors.
And just as you would expect, there are plenty of races including a few new ones. Next Saturday, April 8th, we have the Stinger Zinger 5K at Corriher-Lipe Middle School in Landis. The race uses the old Cancer Run course, starting and finishing at the Landis Pool. This is a first-time event benefiting school projects.
Then, on Sunday April 9th, we have the Rock Your Sox at Knox 5K at Knox Middle School. Laura Zimmerman-Clark is the race director. The Greenway/ Bare Bones 5K course is what she uses and the event will raise proceeds for PTA projects.
The next race is the Millbridge Elementary School 5K on April 29th. This one uses a rural loop course with long straightaways and a view of the finish line from nearly a half-mile away.
Looking forward to May, we have the Buck Hurley Triathlon and 5K on Sunday morning, May 7th at the Hurley Y. The faster run course is new for the triathlon and a separate 5K has been added. Then the popular Teens With a Mission 5K hits the streets around First Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, May 12th. West Rowan Middle School has their first 5K at Salisbury Community Park on Saturday morning, May 13th.
We actually begin April’s list of events with the Special Olympics at West Rowan High School on Tuesday, April 4th. A fun group of SRR members will time the 50, 100 and 200 yard races, this year working with the Catawba College cross country team for the first time.
Another lively Beginning Runners Class is off and “running” and will be in their third week of this eight-week series. All SRR members are welcome to join us for the Tuesday night runs. This class ends on Tuesday, May 9th at Knox Middle School when we run their graduation 5K.
Enjoy the latest update on Norton Dorton in this newsletter. Never has anyone burst so strongly on the local running scene with such immediate impact. Is it possible that Little Debbie Cakes actually are his secret?
A quote that newsletter editor Aaron Crowe wanted included goes like this and is from the philosopher Dogen, who is as far as we know the first SRR member having lived from 1200 to 1252. “It should be a practice, whatever we do should be an expression of the same deep activity. We should appreciate what we are doing. There is no preparation for anything else.” Now you see why he is the editor and I am just a writer. Have a wonderful month of April and hopefully I will see you on the roads and at the SRR events!