President’s Message

DavidFreezeY-Trail     Just because it’s colder! Yes, fall is really here now. The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and races are happening. November is a busy month for SRR. A resurgent Spooky Sprint on Halloween set the tone for good things to come, and we’re excited about races returning to normal. First up is the Clean Water 5K at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 13th. Pam Roseman manages a good event. Then on Sunday afternoon, November 14th, the Girls on the Run 5K celebration is set for Salisbury Community Park. Nearly 400 girls and their running buddies will participate, with an open race for community runners held for the first time.

     Then we jump forward to the always popular Butterball 5K at the Forum where multi-time SRR Race Director of the Year Rayna Gardner offers Salisbury’s biggest 5K and an opportunity to burn early Thanksgiving Day calories. Proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.

     December has the Freeze Your Buns 5K on December 4th in Spencer as part of the Winterfest Celebration. Then the final SRR race for 2021 takes place in Mt. Ulla with the long running Santa’s Run for Hunger. Rowan Helping Ministries gets the proceeds. The Bigfoot holiday celebration will again be closely coordinated with the event. Human camping in the same area will be allowed now that Covid restrictions have been lifted.   

      January has two more races benefitting Rowan Helping Ministries. The Bradshaw Financial Planning Resolution Run 5K is back at the Forum. Rayna Gardner is again the race director for a low-key running and walking celebration to start the New Year.

    Then, SRR’s best known event, the New Sarum Brewing Winter Flight 8K/5K and fun run, are back at Catawba College on January 30th. In its 39th year, Winter Flight is the oldest 8K in the state and fourth oldest race of any distance. SRR’s Annual Meeting and pasta dinner happens on Saturday night just ahead of Sunday’s race day. The Annual Meeting returns to the City Park building on Lake Drive. Major club awards, entertainment, door prizes and Winter Flight late registration are all on the agenda.

     Our BRC class graduated just two people last week, Elizabeth Trick and Matthew Weaver. Both completed the Spooky Sprint 5K to receive their diplomas.

    SRR continues to serve an average of two lunch meals a week at Rowan Helping Ministries. Regular players in this effort include Amanda Lewis, Matthew Weaver, Karen Leonard, Diana Cummings, Tisha Corriher, Luann Fesperman, Wayne Crowder, Connie Hoffner, Steve Combs and others.

    Jasen Weber has joined SRR’s board as Social Media Director. He recently shared updates on the Spooky Sprint and posted photos. At this writing, all races currently posted online are running ahead of past registration performance.

    I don’t often mention past running memories, but Sunday’s New York City Marathon will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 9am. In 1979, I watched this race on TV and ran my first training mile that night. One year later, I ran the next NYC Marathon. Running has been good to me ever since. It’s been must-see TV for me except for the other three times I got to compete in it. Great memories!

    See you on the roads and hopefully at many of the events listed above.


Upcoming Calendar Events

04 December 2021
Printable Brochure - Freeze Your Buns Off 5K On
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11 December 2021
Online Registration - Santa Run for Hunger 5K P
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01 January 2022
Online Registration - Resolution Run 5K Printab
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