President’s Message

presidentOver the last 15 years, running and racing has made a concerted shift during the fall and winter. Just 20 years ago, races were hard to find in the colder months and such sacred days as Thanksgiving didn’t have races. Seldom was a race done within 2-3 weeks of Christmas and Winter Flight had January or early February to itself.
Things have changed dramatically. November comes out strong with three local events with December following with two more. January and February, 2023 will total at least three more.
Leading off November is the Clean Water 5K at Grace Lutheran Church on No-vember 12th. Pam Roseman has freshly prepared hush puppies for all who partici-pate. The huge Girls on the Run event follows at Salisbury Community Park the next day, November 13th. There is an open community race again this year, then almost 400 girls and the same amount of running buddies make up the largest running event in the county. Only the open race is competitive since the GOTR girls will be running to celebrate their completion of the 12 week fall session of their program, hosted at many of the elementary schools in Rowan and surround-ing counties. A few middle schools will send teams as well.
Thanksgiving Day belongs to The Forum’s Butterball 5K, directed by Rayna Gard-ner. It is Salisbury’s largest 5K and is likely to push 300 walkers and runners again this year. Burn those calories early and then replace them later that after-noon!
December has back-to-back events with the Freeze Your Buns 5K in Spencer as part of Winterfest on December 3rd. This race hits the streets at noon and post-race activities, including an ice rink, follow throughout the afternoon and evening.
Santa’s Run for Hunger 5K has plenty of ways to celebrate the Christmas season while providing needed funds for Rowan Helping Ministries’ programs. Santa, the nearby Bigfoot Holiday Convention, the human Bigfoot contest, Christmas music outside and inside and those ever-popular pancakes postrace make for a fun morning.
The New Year’s Day Resolution 5K Run/Walk moves to Monday, January 2nd for 2023 due to New Year’s Day falling on Sunday. Looking ahead has opportunities including the SRR Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 4th, The New Sarum Winter Flight 8K/5K and Fun Run on February 5th and the Will Run for Food 5K on February 26th.
Our BRC class just graduated a small and enthusiastic group, and thanks go to Luann Fesperman, Tisha Corriher, Matthew Weaver, Pam Roseman and Patrick Smith for hosting the 8-week session of classes and runs.
We continue serving a day or two per week at Rowan Helping Ministries for lunch and need more helpers. It’s a 10:30am-1:15pm commitment and much needed now.
Mark your calendars for these events. Getting to know those other members of the club during the holidays might just be the most fun of all. One board member asked me today, “Why does it seem like it’s the same people who do every-thing?” I have no idea, but his question has a lot of merit. I wrote an article a few weeks back about “Finding Your Adventure.” A real adventure means a commit-ment to do something different and at least little challenging. Do something new, volunteer if you haven’t, enter an event or just email and ask how you can help. I bet you will be glad you did.
See you on the roads while enjoying the cooler weather,David

Upcoming Calendar Events

Events in December 2022

  • - FREEZE Your Buns Run 5K - in honor of David Freeze
    FREEZE Your Buns Run 5K - in honor of David Freeze
  • - Santa Run 5K
    Santa Run 5K