Heading into the first week of May, we finally have some warm weather. May offers just the right weather to do plenty of things and we have several quality races and a brand new event that is exciting. Here is the list of May events for SRR.
The Buck Hurley Triathlon was Sunday, May 6th. Once again, a ton of cooperation from various groups and volunteers made this event go. My part of it had to do with the Norfolk Southern train folks and their willingness to hold the trains that would cross the course. Norfolk Southern has always cooperated to make things safe for the runners and cyclists. That is just one of the dozens of things that must be done to have the best quality event. Ester and Kevin Marsh head up the triathlon.
Next is the Foot Pursuit 5K for the Salisbury PD on Saturday evening, May 12th. Patrick Smith is the race director and this is SRR’s chance to partner with him and the PD to establish this new event that benefits Special Olympics. The Salisbury Police Department has always been a valuable partner in our races held within the city limits and we certainly appreciate them. Rumor has it that a prisoner is going to be released by mistake while the police chief and other runners will try to catch and apprehend him.
On May 19th, the inaugural Ed Dupree Memorial 5K will be held at East Rowan High School. The race benefits Hospice and a scholarship in Ed’s name. As a true pioneer for running in Rowan County, Ed made a tremendous difference and I hope that you will consider walking or running in his honor that day. His daughter, Allison, is the race director.
May 26th is a huge day for SRR. First, we have the Bare Bones 5K that is one of the area’s most unique races. The long history of this 5K began when a title sponsor backed out at the last moment and left the race in SRR’s hands to cancel it. The race wasn’t canceled but was held on a shoestring budget. Now benefitting Relay for Life, the race registration is kept low but runners still get quality shirts and most unusual awards. Food, fun and a fast course make the race worth doing, and there is something brand new to consider.
After a short break from running activities that morning, our efforts will shift over to a first-time project called Let’s Ride Rowan. Salisbury Parks and Recreation, the Pedal Factory and SRR are offering a chance for children and adults to learn to ride a bike. Very popular programs are in place in other parts of NC. Often, children and adults never had the chance to learn to ride. Steve Clark is heading up this program. Come out and get involved. Here’s a hint—you might get in some exercise while assisting others.
The following Friday, June 1st is Rowan’s largest race, the Main Street Challenge 5K in China Grove. The 5K starts at 9 p.m .following several kids’ races. The race director is Aaron Crowe, yes, the same one who heads up this newsletter.
Finally, on May 23rd, the Special Olympics Torch Run happens. The torch will be carried through Salisbury at a 11:30 to 12 minute pace and SRR members are invited. Rides will be available to get back to Airport Road, the starting point. Call 704-267-9807 or 704-310-6741 for more information.
All of these events are posted at www.salisburyrowanrunners.org
In honor of Aaron, here is another of his favorite quotes, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment!” The whole collection is available from Random House, titled, “Understanding! I hope you get it!”
See you on the roads, and many of these wonderful events.