January is going to be exciting! I just have that feeling and here’s why. After the successful Resolution Run 5K on Wednesday, January 1st, we are now entering the buildup to the 2020 Annual Meeting and the 37th Annual Winter Flight races.
Here is why we all should be excited about these two events. The Annual Meeting on Janu-ary 25th will be bigger and better than last year with several highlights. We will again meet at City Park Recreation Building from 6 to 8pm. All current SRR members in good stand-ing will eat free from another Debbie Suggs Pasta Extravaganza. After a one year absence, Debbie and her wonderful food are back.
Entertainment this year will be provided by popular pianist and singer Matthew Weaver. Matthew will hopefully soon be joining SRR as he had an eight mile running/walking day. While a few members may not understand why the popular “open mike” duo of Wayne Crowder and Norton Dorton have been skipped again, Crowder summed it up best. Univer-sally known as one of the best runners ever in North Carolina, he said, “Our level of humor and singing skill might be more than the club members could stand at this point.” While not sure what he meant by that, we have them penciled in for next year. Just in pencil.
Our speaker this year is Rebecca Parker, fresh from a sizzling running career at West Ro-wan High School and Georgia Southern University. Rebecca will address her highlights and success during that time, with some humorous moments included.
Once again, the mileage awards for the club will be given out to those who met their year-long goals. The major awards for the club will follow. Awards for the corporate partner, race director, volunteer, and male and female members of the year go to those who have had outstanding years in 2019.
Late registration for Winter Flight will continue throughout the meeting and will close at the end of the evening. Packet pickup for the race will also be available.
Speaking of the mileage club, members have been challenged to enter one of the catego-ries and track your mileage as a motivator for the year. Cost is just $12 yearly to partici-pate. Levels of 500, 750, 100 and 2,000 miles are available. Membership dues will also be collected throughout the evening.
Watch for constant contact announcements. Board members are making personal contacts
with members as a reminder.
Then on to SRR’s signature race, the New Sarum Brewing 37th Annual Winter Flight 8K/5K and Fun Run on January 26th. Exciting and new for this year is the title sponsor and big successes from last year that continue are a greater emphasis on the Health Run/Walk 5K and a commemorative hoodie for all 5K and 8K participants. At this point, registration is running ahead of any recent year’s pace.
And once again, Rowan Helping Ministries will receive all the proceeds from the event. SRR’s partnership with RHM in December and January has reached a new level with the Santa Run 5K, the Resolution Run 5K and now the Winter Flight races. RHM provides qual-ity volunteers, social media and printing support, as well as many of the refreshments for the events.
And as always, we need SRR members to participate as both runners/walkers and volun-teers. Yes, it is possible to do both. Volunteer coordinator this time will be Teri Shaw. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers who work the race as assigned will re-ceive a commemorative hoodie and refreshments. Jobs available include registration, split timers, course set up, course monitors, gym set up and clean up and many more. Club vol-unteers, for the most part, report to the Catawba gym at 10am on January 26th.
With all that said, January could potentially be a month to remember for SRR. Participation reversed a downward trend last year and the club’s goal is to exceed the previous record payment to RHM once the races and accounting are complete.
After everything is said and done, let’s leave the Catawba gym on Sunday afternoon after awards are completed with no regrets. No reason to look back over our shoulder for what we could have done better. Give your time and your energy to boost our community!
Join us for one of the biggest weekends in SRR history.
See you on the roads and at Winter Flight! David