We had some good races during May but SRR is not all about racing. Yes, most of our events are races and we support a couple dozen charities when we do them. But sometimes, we just do events that need doing and SRR wants to support them. Two of those events happened in May. Here is just a little about them.
On May 23rd, we had a group to run with the Special Olympic's torch through Salisbury. Our weather during the last three weeks of May has been loaded with humidity and such was the case that Wednesday morning. A 9:30 a.m. start for a five-plus mile run on a bright and warm morning on new asphalt made for maximum sweat rates. Those of us who ran with the torch had a great time interacting with the Salisbury PD and Salisbury High School athletes. Our goal was to support a much-needed program and help raise awareness for it.
On May 26th, we had a wonderful day with the Bare Bones 5K and the Let’s Ride Rowan Bike event. Bare Bones was a ton of fun and a wonderful group of volunteers made it that way. A lot of effort spread around among quality people leaves manageable work for everyone. SRR will make a significant donation to Relay for Life in the next few weeks.
After an hour’s break on the same day, SRR volunteers Steve Clark, Teri Shaw, Luann Fesperman, Dave Salmon, and Wayne Crowder joined with more volunteers from the Pedal Factory and Salisbury Parks and Recreation to provide Let’s Ride Rowan. Young kids came to learn to ride bikes and we had a ton of fun helping them. Wayne and Luann helped a little girl who didn’t want to try riding without training wheels but eventually made it around the quarter mile track at Knox. That accomplishment and the improvement of others was very rewarding for the whole group. The next Let’s Ride Rowan
is set for June 9th.
By the time that this newsletter is published, Rowan’s largest race, the Main Street Challenge 5K, will already be history. Newsletter editor Aaron Crowe manages this great event and continues to make the race unique. The fast out and back course on Main Street continues to attract a good crowd to what has developed as a downtown happening.
Only one race is on tap for the rest of June. The Missions 5K at Shiloh Church in Faith takes off on June 30 as part of the Faith Fourth of July festival. Luann Fesperman directs this fun race with plenty of door prizes and a two loop course.
The next race is The Run for the Greenway 5K at Knox Middle School on July 14th. Steve Clark heads this one up and usually has the largest spread of post-race refreshments and door prizes of any SRR race. The Greenway 5K is on the newly certified course that uses much of the greenway that proceeds benefit.
Aaron Crowe seems to have developed a legion of fans who are clamoring for more of his quotes. I will admit to not understanding some of his quotes but after several hours of deep thought, I can figure most of them out. So, here goes another one. There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there's virtually no competition. A. Crowe, 2018.
Aaron said, “I know you believe you understand what I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”.
I think I will just keep on running!