President’s Message


I had tonight off because the Sunset Run 5K was postponed from September 1st until September 9th. So, the Sunset Run becomes the Sunrise Run. It will have an 8:30 am start this time and runners will be able to shop at the Farmer’s Market afterward and I am anticipating a big run on the baked goods.

Our only other race for the month is the Erwin Middle School 50th Anniversary 5K to be held on September 23rd. The race honors Starr Forney, a coach, and teacher who passed away recently. At press time, it looks like the course will be very similar to the fast one used for the Music Run at East Rowan High in the past.

Our usual fall BRC class kicks off on Thursday, September 7th at Novant Health. We say so each time, but this class is open to club members who want to help, or those who need a restart or some motivation of their own. Either way, we start our 12th year of these classes and love to have SRR members in good standing come and take part. There is no charge for SRR members.

October cranks up big time with plenty of races. The VA Hero 5K honors US Army veterans this year and is held entirely on the VA campus. The VA employee’s association did a great job with the race last year and has big plans again. The Hero 5K is set for October 7th.

Next, comes the Lions Run 6K, a celebration of Food Lion’s 60th anniversary on Octo-ber 14th. SRR has only a small part in the race but provided some key things that will allow the race to happen. This race will use the Greenway/ Bare Bones 5K course with the extra distance to Food Lion#1 on Mahaley.

A new race follows, the Gold Hill 5K on October 21st. This one has huge potential because the Gold Hill Rail Trail, probably a surprise to most Rowan runners, will be used for most of the course. If you haven’t been to Historic Gold Hill recently, take the time to do so and I guarantee you will have an enjoyable time. There are plenty of shops, most open on the weekends, and history in almost every direction. Gold Hill dollars and railroad spikes are part of the awards.

Then, the last weekend has the Halloween double. The St. Matthews 5K has one of the most successful newer fall events and is back again on Saturday, October 28th. Then the always popular Rotary Spooky Sprint 5K takes to the streets around Catawba College on Sunday afternoon, October 29th. Both races have costume contests for lots of extra fun.

Looking briefly into November, the first race is the new Clean Water 5K, held at Grace Lutheran Church on November on November 4th. Pam Roseman is the race director and plans a race that will be run almost entirely on the streets of Grace Ridge development.

Check my newsletter story about SRR member Amber Springer Fowler taking the big step to open a second business. I think you might enjoy how we got to know each other too.

One item that most of the club probably didn’t know was happening is also worth mentioning. Over most of the last year, I served on the committee that worked through the new permitting process for city events that includes all of our Salisbury races. The process was long and very laborious, but the result, still pending council approval, appears very favorable to those races and the charities that they serve. The process had not been updated since the club was founded almost 37 years ago.

I’ve got another quote of those awesome quotes from Aaron Crowe, the newsletter editor. “Challenge is a dragon with a gift in his mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours!”

See you on the roads!

David Freeze

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21 October 2017
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28 October 2017
Printable Race Flyer with Registration Form - 2017
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28 October 2017
Printable Brochure - St. Matthews 5K 2017 On-li
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