President’s Message


    Hard to believe, but we are in the busy part of our spring schedule already. Some highlights of recent races include the downpour and flooding at the Wipe Out Colorectal Cancer 5K and the wind and heavy mist at the Mt. Hope 5K, both in March.

   April will be busy for sure, and the new SRR trailer will be available for all the upcoming races! No wait, it isn’t new but sure looks that way!  New SRR and Novant logos look great, and we hope to get another eight or so years from them. This is the third time new logos have been applied to the trailer, now in its 17th year. The logos were provided by Harwood Signs and Luann Fesperman.

   Tomorrow on April 6th, the West Rowan Bible Teachers Association 5K will have another record crowd in Cleveland for the West Rowan Elementary School. The course has been around for years, once used for the Santa Run at the old West Rowan YMCA. It is one of our fastest courses, without a hill and includes a scenic tour of historic downtown Cleveland. A huge half mile fun run will be held following the 5K. Proceeds will help fund Bible teachers in the West Rowan schools.

     Next is the One in 5K and Fun Run for the Family Crisis Council on April 13th which will be held on some version of the Bare Bones/ Greenway course, depending on the progress of the demolition at Knox Middle School. At present it still looks good for the same course that we used for the Labor of Love last September. “One in Five’ highlights that 20% of all women in Rowan County have been a victim of sexual violence, incest, domestic violence and human trafficking.

   Then comes the Teens With A Mission (TWAM) 5K and Superhero Fun Run at First Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, April 26th. Start time remains at 7pm to get the runners off the streets by dark. Proceeds benefit the FPC youth mission trips.

   SRR’s Beginning Runners Class continues with graduation set for April 30th. We have another large spring class and any SRR member can join the class at any time.

   SRR’s long time annual participation in the Special Olympics track and field competition continues at Catawba College on April 4 and at West Rowan High School on April 10th.

    Just ahead in May is the Special Olympics Torch Run on May 15th, the Ed Dupree 5K on May 18th and SRR’s own Bare Bones 5K on May 25th. The Torch Run is an easy run through Salisbury to Spencer, this year with a stop in downtown Salisbury to meet with Special Olympics athletes. The Salisbury PD and SRR member Adam Bouk will lead the event.

   “Run. Because zombies will eat the untrained ones first.” – From the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide provided by Chance Brown.

See you on the roads!


Upcoming Calendar Events

Events in May 2024

  • - Special Olympics Torch Run
    Special Olympics Torch Run
  • - Ed Dupree 5K
    Ed Dupree 5K
  • - Bare Bones 5K - Presented by Cathy Griffin, Century 21 Towne & Country
    Bare Bones 5K - Presented by Cathy Griffin, Century 21 Towne & Country