How do we make the best of October, possibly the best month for running of the whole year? By being active, having some great races and finishing off another good group of new runners. All that and making a few donations to deserving charities.
But how do we make an even greater October? By getting more members involved in any or all of the above. We’re back to being active again. With plenty of races and a Beginning Runners Class that meets weekly, and plenty of projected good weather, what better month to be active with your running club? For my run this morning, I went back in and put on a long sleeve shirt that felt wonderful in the cooler temperatures.
Here is a list of what is going on. We start the month with a 5K at the VA Hospital called the VAEA Hero 5K. The race is a two loop course around the main campus and everything will honor military veterans and especially the US Army this year. All this happens on October 7th.
Next up is a fantastic new race on October 21st called the Gold Rush 5K that is held in historic Gold Hill. No, it is not the same Gold Hill that you see on the way to the beach. Historic Gold Hill has plenty of interesting happenings and this year, it has its first race on the Gold Hill rail trail. The rail trail used to be part of a narrow gauge railroad line that hauled gold out to the main railway and took supplies back. Plenty of things to do in the area including antique shops, a bakery and soaking up the history. Age group winners get a gold railroad spike and everyone is eligible for Gold Hill dollars.
Then it is on to a spectacular costume contest weekend, sandwiched around two Halloween 5K’s. It is always fun to see the costumes running around our roads and streets. The St. Matthew’s 5K starts things off on Saturday, October 27th and proceeds benefit two church members with serious health issues and large medical bills. The race begins at the church and has a fast course around the neighborhood. Costume contest afterwards.
Then the Rotary Spooky Sprint 5K uses the roads around Catawba College and finishes inside the stadium on October 28th. Proceeds benefit Rotary youth programs. The costume contest follows the fun run.
Our current BRC class happens on Thursday evenings at Salisbury’s Civic Center. Meeting time is 6 p.m. and will continue through October on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
Here is something unusual. We will see who reads the newsletter and pays attention. Any SRR member in good standing who participates or volunteers for all four races in October and attends at least one BRC class will be entered into a drawing for $150, payable either to that person or their favorite charity. We will draw two winners! Commit to your running club, get involved and experience a great group of people!
Looking ahead, just a week later is the Clean Water 5K at Grace Lutheran Church. Race director Pam Roseman promises a great race in this first-time event on November 4th.
Then, on November 23rd, Thanksgiving morning, is the Butterball 5K. New this year are 5 year age groups for awards. Race director Rayna Gardner runs the tightest ship on the circuit and invites everyone to experience this special holiday event. Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited, just as they are with all the races above.
Plans are also underway for the 35th Annual Winter Flight 8K and Annual Meeting. More details soon on SRR’s biggest weekend of the year.
“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Jack Canfield. Consider doing something brand new this month. Challenge yourself. In fact, make it a monthly habit.
Hope to see you on the roads!