It’s October and the days are still warm. That suits me fine, just as long as the nights are cooler and they have been. The real cold is just around the corner and I’m fine with it making a slow approach. As of this writing, my runs are picking up relative speed as the humidity slowly decreases.
As usual, we are set for a very busy month of October. The first weekend has the Breeze 5K in Landis on Saturday and the rescheduled T’Man’s 5K in Mooresville on Sunday. We’ll be working at both events although the Breeze 5K is only competitive for the top 3 male and female runners. The T’Man’s race might be our largest of the year when all is said and done and it’s always fun to be pushed to excel in timing a larger race, especially a new one.
We have another new race with Thursday, October 11th’s Explore the Greenway 5K at Overton Elementary. It starts at 6pm on the Greenway course. The next day has the Livingstone Cross Country Meet on the 12th but it is only open to college teams. Then we skip to the Catawba Challenge 5K at Catawba College on Homecoming weekend, October 20th. SRR’s partnership with Catawba is returning to old form which has always been a good thing.
The next weekend, we have the back to back Halloween themed events, first at St. Matthew’s Church 5K on Saturday, October 27th and Rotary Spooky Sprint on Sunday, October 28th. Both of these are great fun and grab a festive holiday spirit.
The next race is the Harvest Hope 5K at Patterson Farm on November 3rd, a cross country farm run benefitting Hospice. Look for some new and exciting things with this event.
The fall Beginning Runners Class has a small group but they are progressing well and are starting their 5th week of training as I write this. Any of our SRR members are wel-come to come join in for a very relaxed run. Make sure to contact dependable Wayne Crowder for specifics of distance and class programs.
It was with great joy that I heard again from Norton Dorton this past week. One of the top runners in the southeast recently returned from a trip to Russia that wasn’t quite what he expected. Look for an update on Norton in this newsletter.
Ask the Running Guru has more useful information this month as RG addresses the most nutritious diet drinks and candy bars. I did a double take on that one myself, wondering why anyone would want to know this. All knowing RG has some good thoughts on the subject.
It is time to start looking forward to SRR’s next three races. We have the Santa Run for Hunger 5K on December 1st, the Resolution Run 5K on Tuesday, January 1st and the 35th Annual Winter Flight 8K for Sunday, January 27th. Can we even be thinking about winter races yet?
A thought provoking quote. “Between the two evils, I like to choose the one that I have-n’t tried before.” Board member Catherine Gilbert says she doesn’t get this opportunity often, but she knows just what to do when she does.
Take advantage of good roads and improving weather, and I will hope to see you out there.