Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - June 2014

You are all winners in this mileage program as you continue to challenge yourself and strive for higher milestones.  Keep up the great work and go get those miles!!  To see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles for the month of June click here. 

Congratulations to all our milestone achievers!  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014.
 
Compete for yourself!  Prove it to yourself! 
Joe Schlereth

 Bill Shires
Caitlin Bullock
Megan Hovis
Walt Guyer
Mike Mitchell
Caleb Boyd
Paul Mainwaring
Graham Shorr
Dave Munger
Dennis Livesay
Mark McGeough
Daniel Matena
Rob Ducsay
Chad Crockford
Mark Ulrich
Danielle Crockford
Butch Holt
Tom Torkildsen
Jimmy Moore
Billy Shue
Wendy Norvell
  
Allen Strickland
John Compton
Brad Farmer
Dianne Allen
Carolyn Yang
Stan Austin
Gary Rautenstrauch
Bob Nelson
Valerie Matena
Anne Marie Church
Mike Slaney
Dean Otto
Michelle Seymour
Laura Gray
Taiza Rivera
Ben Hovis
Chad Champion
Hunter Fleshood
Keith Reynolds
Paul Reinfeld
Michael Miller
Dan Keller
Flavia Asar
Steve Tant
Lana Torkildsen
Paula VanTassell
Audrey Ashkin
 
You can join anytime during the year by emailing your monthly miles to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com.  If you have any questions or mileage corrections to report please send an email to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com

 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June Letter from the CRC President

Since I joined our Charlotte Running Club, there has always been one misconception that has just seemed to follow our club.

“The Charlotte Running Club is just for ‘FAST’ runners.”

This is simply not true. The Charlotte Running Club is open to all paces and welcomes all paces.

We have specifically organized our Facebook pace groups to accommodate multiple pace ranges. We have organized prediction, Easter Egg, holiday lights, brain freeze, endurance, and relay runs/races because they allow for other aspects aside from “speed” to be the determining factor in the finishing order. We schedule Happy Hours Socials and Summer Picnics so members have opportunities to meet and talk outside of running. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our activities connect with as many members as possible.

In my opinion people join the Charlotte Running Cub because they are passionate about running, they want to be more consistent, and they want the extra motivation and accountability that comes from being surrounded by “like minded” individuals. After they join and probably before they even realize it, they are attending more group runs, going to more workouts, and running more miles. They are becoming more visible at group runs, workouts, and races. Low and behold they may become faster. 

So yes, if you passionate about running, I would love for you to join our club and I don’t care what pace you run. Just don’t be surprised if after you join, you find yourself running faster. 

 

Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

Our board is working hard to have a CRC presence all over Charlotte this year.

· Upcoming Activities and Group Run Series

·         7/8/14 CRC/Charlotte Running Company Group Run – Dilworth Location – 6:30 PM

·         7/10/14 CRC/DART/Omega Sports Group Run – Summit Coffee Davidson – 6:30 PM

·         7/15/14 CRC Track Night 5k under the lights @ UNCC Irwin Belk Track

·         7/24/14 CRC/US Whitewater Center Group Run 6:15 – Main facility 6:15 PM

·         7/29/14 CRC/Inside Out Sports Group Run – 6:30 PM

·         8/3/14 Brain Freeze Run – Metropolitan 4 PM

·         8/5/14 CRC/Blue Ridge Relay – preparty – at Charlotte Running Company – Dilworth 6:30 PM

·         8/10/14 CRC/Sunday Long Run (SLR) Half Marathon – McMullen Greenway 7AM

·         Sept BB&T Stadium Run – Uptown Charlotte

·         Oct 10/4/14 Uptown Throwdown 12hr Run/Relay

·         CRC/Run Safer Clinic Oct

·         12/9/14 Holiday Lights Run (5:30 PM near Freedom Park )

 

CRC Summer Picnic:

In mid-June of each year we hold our annual club picnic and social. For the second year in a row, we choose to hold this event at Freedom Park. The Park & Rec guys hooked us up with an awesome shelter. It was nestled very nicely in the shade of several large trees.

Throughout the afternoon, we were able to wonder between Corn Hole games and volleyball games. Big thanks, to Rob, Wen, and Brad for sharing their games with the rest of us.

The club supplied the hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, and accessories, and I would like to personally thank our members for their side items. There was plenty of food for everyone. I also would like to thank Brad for stepping in to the chef’s role and grilling our hamburgers and hotdogs.

CRC Happy Hour @ BlackFinn

I would like to thank BlackFinn for hosting our second CRC Happy Hour. This is something new that we started just this year. Attendance is usually around 10 club members, but we hope to continue to have them and grow them over time.

Tour de Charlotte:

While you are watching the Tour de France unfold, plan to join us for our little tour of Charlotte during the month of July.

We will kick things off with a group run from the Dilworth Charlotte Running Company store on 7/8. We head to Summit Coffee in Davidson for a run with our buddies from DART at 6:30 on 7/10. Look for Omega Sports to join us. We turn on the lights at UNCC Irwin Belk Track on 7/15 for CRC’s summer track night – events start at 7 PM and remember it is free for both members and non members. The following week 7/24, we will head out to the US Whitewater Center and join them for a trail run. There are several distance options so pick your poison. We will finish the month of July off by joining our friends from Inside Out Sports on 7/29 from their Church Street location for a group run.

Plenty of opportunities to join us so mark your calendars.

Mileage Program:

Audrey has tabulated the May results for our club and posted it to our CRC website.

You can still join our mileage program by replying to Audrey’s monthly email. If for some reason, you have not received an email from her, you can still email Audrey at run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com

Member Status:

We soared to more than 300 members this month for the first time in since the early days when club was founded. Our current member count stands at 315. Could we get to 400 by the end of the year? I would love to see us do it so please invite your friends to join our club.

Board Members:

During our late May meeting our CRC board approved Loril’s nomination to our club’s board, and Eric Bilbrey was nominated and approved as the board’s Vice President. Loril will be completing Stephanie’s term which ends December of this year.

During our June meeting, Dave Munger was nominated and approved by our club’s board to complete Laurie’s term which ends in December of ’15.

Board Meeting Update:

Our May board meeting was pushed back into the first week of June to accommodate the schedules of our board members. Here is a link to our May Board Meeting notes.

 

Our June board meeting was on the 6/26 at Whole Foods.

We postponed approval of the board meeting minutes from May. They still needed to be reviewed by the board members.

Next up, Dave Munger’s name was placed into nomination and approved to fill the boards open position.

Paul delivered the club’s Treasury report. Current balance stands at $5448.95

We then went into a discussion of the group runs and events for the CRC during the months of July and Aug – see the list below.

·         July 8th CRC/Charlotte Running Company Group Run meeting  - Dilworth -6:30 PM

·         July 10 CRC/DART/Omega Sports Group Run - Summit Coffee - 6:30 PM

·         July 15th Summer Track Night - UNCC– 7 PM

·         July 24th CRC/US Whitewater Center Trail Group Run (Main Center) 6:30 PM

·         July 29th CRC/Inside Out Sports - Group Run – 6:30 PM

·         Aug 3 - CRCBrain Freeze Run - Metropolitan – 4 PM

·         Aug 5 – CRC/Charlotte Running Company/BRR Logistic Meeting – Dilworth – 6:30 PM

·         Aug 10 - SLR 1/2 marathon – McMullen Greenway – Rea Rd Entrance – 7 AM

We plan to provide water and Gatorade for the SLR event on Aug 10th.

Mike was approved to pay for up to $50 dollars in food and refreshments for 7/8 and 7/29 runs.

The club is extremely low on CRC Promo cards. The board authorized Mike to purchase a new bundle of cards – costing no more than $150.

  Discussions are continuing about holding a BB&T Stadium benefiting the ‘Let Me Run’ group. No dates and times are available at this point. 

Work on the WC8k Sponsorship materials will be delayed until we have locked down a date and location for the Winter Classic 8k. The current plans say that McAlpine XC will be closed after the first of the year. Therefore, we are looking at other options for our club’s race next year.

Eric will be heading up our push for information sharing during the month of July. Each week, we will be posting different information about group runs, running stores, trails, races, and friends of CRC to our club’s Facebook and www.CharlotteRunningClub.org. Additionally, we will be sending emails to club members with this same information.  

 Loril has agreed to head up a communications group. More details about their efforts will be shared once they have had a chance to meet and chart a direction.)

I am not sure if everyone realizes but we use Survey Monkey for our surveys and board voting. This cost of us just over $200 dollars per year. We are looking to let this expire and pick up similar functionality from Constant Contact. The cost will be roughly $84 per year versus the $206 that we currently pay with Survey Monkey. This transition will take place during the month of September.

Wrapping Up:

With dawn pushing back the darkness before 6 AM, I am super excited about the longer days. No head lamps needed and I can attempt to finish a run before the heat and humidity of the day overtakes me.

So don’t waste your summer. Head out the door and get in those runs.

If there is every a question, a concern, or just general feedback about our club, reach out to run.charlotte@gmail.com. Our board members monitor this email inbox and usually respond to emails within 24 hours.

 

Come run with me,

Bill Shires

CRC President

run.charlotte@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - May 2014


The heat is on but that’s not stopping you.  Over ½ of our program members earned a mileage award so far in 2014.  Congratulations to all of you!  Keep up the great work! For those of you working hard toward 500 miles, there is plenty of time left to reach your mileage goals.  The race is on.  You can do it!  You can join anytime during the year by emailing your monthly miles to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com.  To see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles for the month of May click here.  If you have any questions or mileage corrections to report please send an email to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com
Congratulations to all our milestone achievers!  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014.
 
Compete for yourself!  Prove it to yourself! 
   Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires
Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Mike Mitchell
Paul Mainwaring
Caleb Boyd
Chad Crockford
Graham Shorr
Mark McGeough
Dennis Livesay
Daniel Matena
Billy Shue
Danielle Crockford
 
  
Rob Ducsay
Butch Holt
John Compton
Tom Torkildsen
Mark Ulrich
Jimmy Moore
Wendy Norvell
Dianne Allen
Allen Strickland
Carolyn Yang
Valerie Matena
Gary Rautenstrauch
Brad Farmer
Bob Nelson
Anne Marie Church
Mike Slaney
Dean Otto
Stan Austin
Michelle Seymour
Ben Hovis
Taiza Rivera
Hunter Fleshood
Laura Gray
Chad Champion
Dan Keller
Keith Reynolds
Steve Tant
Michael Miller
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

May Letter from the CRC President

When the end of the month falls on a weekend, I am almost always caught in a bind. I know that I have to publish my CRC President's Letter. However, there is just too much to do on a weekend, and I let it pull me away from finishing it. Please read through the rest of my letter so you are all caught up with our CRC news.

I hope everyone enjoyed our Birthday run and our miler event at UNCC. If you missed them, there are more events coming. Each month we focus on having one or two events scheduled.   

In June, we are doing a Happy Hour at BlackFinn and our club’s Summer Picnic at Freedom Park. In July, we are holding our CRC Summer Track Meet at UNCC on a Tuesday night. We will follow it up a week later with a group trail run at the Whitewater Center. Our Aug schedule is a little bit in flux. We know we will be joining the SLR group for their 1/2  Marathon on the McMullen Greenway. There is a chance that we could do a BBT Stadium stairs run one evening possibly in August or September. The conversations are still in the early stages but I wanted everyone to put it on their radar for a fun mid week event.

 Oct, we are still planning our 12 hour run/relay. Rob is working on the exact location. It will most likely be different than last year.

Don’t forget to check-out our FaceBook and www.CharlotteRunningClub.org for the most current listing upcoming events. Changes do occur and we always update those two locations to keep our members in the know. Usually a day or two before the event, we will send out a reminder email. I never want to overdo the emails, but I certainly believe a little reminder email never hurts a few times each month.   

 

 

Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

Our board is working hard to have a CRC presence all over Charlotte this year.

· 6/11/14 CRC Happy Hour – BlackFinn @ the EpiCentre 5-7 PM (Wednesday night)

· 6/14/14 CRC Summer Picnic June (Freedom Park –Shelter #6) 11-3pm - 6/14/14 (Saturday)

· Tour de Charlotte Group Run Series

·         7/15/14 CRC Track Night 5k under the lights @ UNCC Irwin Belk Track

·         7/24/14 CRC Group Run – Whitewater Center 6:15

·         7/27/14 Brain Freeze Run – afternoon run

·         8/10/14 SLR Half Marathon – McMullen Greenway

·         Aug/Sept BBT Stadium Run – Uptown Charlotte

· Uptown Throwdown 12hr Run/Relay Oct 10/4/14

· CRC/Run Safer Clinic Oct

· Holiday Lights Run - Dec

 

CRC Summer Picnic:

6/14/14 we will be holding our CRC Summer Picnic in Freedom Park at shelter number #6. CRC will be supplying the hamburgers, hotdog, and buns. Members supply the side dishes and desserts. We will be setting up between 11 and 12. Cooking should start at noon.    

 

CRC Happy Hour at BlackFinn – June 11:

Our Happy Hour earlier this year seemed to go over very well so we are planning another one on June 11. BlackFinn @ the EpiCentre Uptown will be kicking in some appetizers from 5-7. Drop by and check it out.  

Tour de Charlotte:

As the summer heats up we are looking to have some fun with our runs. We are planning to have our CRC Track Night at UNCC on July 15. We will follow this up the next week by journeying out to the US Whitewater Center for a group run under the shade trees. We will finish off July with a Brain Freeze run from the Metropolitan.  We will finish off the summer events by joining the SLR group for their ½ marathon on the McMullen Greenway.

There is something for everyone so come out an experience it.  

CRC’s 5 year Birthday:

We had a great evening to celebrate our 5th year in existence at Triple C Brewery on 5/8/14. Really appreciate Triple C for all they do in welcoming us to their location. I hope everyone got a chance to taste our CRC Birthday cake.

Adventure Run

TrySports held their second Adventure Run on 5/1/14 and we were on site to promote our club. The number of runners definitely grew. This prompted Kat to give away a “cruiser” bike which retailed for about $400. Their next run is coming on 6/5/14. They may give away a tread mill. Show up to find out.

CRC All Around Miler:

CRC continues to grow and to keep our members interested and motivated; we need to give them alluring running activities. The All Around Miler event fell right in with this line of thinking. Running a mile on dirt, on pavement, and on a track with just a short rest presents a nice workout. I was happy to see that our members took advantage of it.

I personally learned a lot from organizing this event, but then, I learn a lot from every event that our club does. The real key is leveraging this knowledge to improve our next event. 

Mileage Program:

Audrey has tabulated the April results for our club and posted it to our CRC website.

You can still join our mileage program by replying to Audrey’s monthly email. If for some reason, you don’t receive it, you can still email Audrey at run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com

Member Status:

Growing again, this month our club broke the 290 member mark and now stands at 295.

Board Members:

I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on our board member status.

During our Wednesday meeting Loril Gossett will be officially approved to be a CRC board member. Please join me in thanking Loril for sharing personal time and energy on behalf of our club.

Earlier this month, Laurie emailed me that she needed to step down. We are in the process of researching a replacement board member. I will keep you everyone posted on our progress.

 

CRC Membership shirts and cards:

A few shirts and cards were delayed delivery until the first of May, but otherwise, each member should have their membership items by now.

The late items were due to inaccurate addresses in our membership database. Usually, there was an apartment number or a box number being left off. The USPS assumes nothing and returned the packages to us. I have since followed with these members to correct their addresses and resend their membership items.

For those that don’t know, you can update our CRC member address. Our club’s membership database is stored with RunSignUp.com. Each member has their own individual logon. If you have never logged on to the system, there is a process by which members can calm their accounts.  

Let me know if you don’t know how. I will get information to you.  

 

Board Meeting Update:

We had a number of board members that could not able to meet on our typical last Thursday of the month meeting date. To accommodate everyone’s schedule, we decided to push the meeting back a week to 6/4/14. Once this meeting takes place, I will make the meeting minutes available to everyone.

Whole Foods South Park - Meeting location – (May) 6/4/14 Board Meeting

 Review and Approval of previous month's meetings

·         Board Approval of Loril Gossett – to the open board position

·         VP position discussion

·         Nominees for open board position

·          Treasury report

·         Happy Hour BlackFinn – Status Update

·         Summer Picnic 11-3 – Status Update

·         Tour de Charlotte – Status Update

o   CRC Summer Track Night July 15

o   WhiteWater Center Thursday night run in July

o   Brain Freeze Run

o   SLR 1/2 Aug – Status and Participation.

o   BBT Stadium (tentative) – Aug/Sept

 

Wrapping Up:

Summer finally feels like it has arrived and my winter gear is in the process of being migrated to the bottom of my running drawer. I am ready for it. I like the longer days. This give me more time to run and enjoy being outside. Here’s is hoping that each of you is off to having a great summer.

If there is every a question, a concern, or just general feedback about our club, reach out to run.charlotte@gmail.com. Our board members monitor this email inbox and usually respond to emails within 24 hours.

 

Come run with me,

Bill Shires

CRC President

run.charlotte@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 12, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - April 2014

 Our program’s 81 participants ran over 9 thousand miles in April.  A small drop compared to prior months due to members tapering miles.  Now that the heat is on, don’t let the warmer temperatures slow you down.  You can do it!  Just make sure to drink extra water this time of year and don’t forget the sunscreen!  If you are not taking the mileage challenge, please consider joining and watch your miles grow along with feelings of accomplishment and personal victory.  It doesn’t matter how many miles you run as long as you are running.  You can join anytime during the year by emailing your monthly miles to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com.  To see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles for the month of April click here. If you have any questions or mileage corrections to report please send an email to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com. Congratulations to all our milestone achievers!
 
Compete for yourself!  Prove it to yourself! 
  
 Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires
Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Chad Crockford
Billy Shue
Mike Mitchell 
  
Daniel Matena
Paul Mainwaring
Caleb Boyd
Mark McGeough
John Compton
Danielle Crockford
Graham Shorr
Dennis Livesay
Butch Holt
Mark Ulrich
Tom Torkildsen
Rob Ducsay
Jimmy Moore
Wen Norvell
Dianne Allen
Valerie Matena
Ben Hovis
Carolyn Yang
Allen Strickland
Gary Rautenstrauch
Bob Nelson
Steve Tant
Anne Marie Church
Michelle Seymour 
 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CRC Birthday Group Run


Tonight at Triple C Brewery, we will be holding our Birthday Group Run. CRC has now turned 5 years old.

All paces are welcome. We start at 6:30 and run along the light rail toward the uptown. Runs will cover between 4 and 6 miles.

Stick around afterward for a slice of birthday cake - approximately 7:15 to 7:30.



See you there,

Bill Shires
CRC President

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CRC All Around Miler


Last night at UNCC, we held our CRC “All Around Miler” event. To those not familiar this concept, we consider an “All Around Miler” to be the runners that can handle racing a single mile on each of three different disciplines: Track, Dirt, and Road in the same evening.

The weather was a little warm but this was offset by the enthusiasm shown by the runners.

After few instructions, we sent the runners off for their track mile. Once the last runner was finished, we loaded up and walked the 200 yards for the dirt mile. With the dust finally settling from the last runner, we made our way halfway back for the road mile.

The awards were presented back at the track – see below for the results.

I would like to thank Tim, Sommer, Wendy, Vincent, Mike, Loril, and Steve for their help during this event. 

I would also to thank Ed and UNCC for allowing us to have this event on their campus. They provided the ideal location for us to hold this event.

We appreciate Tim's photo efforts and for sharing them on FaceBook.



Bib #
Runner Name
 Age
Track Mile
Dirt Mile
Road Mile
Total Time
Awards
1900
Anthony Famigliatti
35
4:17
4:18
4:26
13:01
Open Male Champion
1851
Matt Longworth
33
4:46
4:37
4:43
14:06
1st 30-35
1850
Paul Mainwaring
39
5:11
5:01
5:18
15:30
1st 35-39
1844
Stan Austin
38
5:45
5:40
5:52
17:17
2nd 35-39
1841
Rachel Guillot
25
6:12
6:16
6:18
18:46
Open Female Champion
1842
Bobby Aswell
51
6:52
6:39
7:15
20:46
Male Masters
1839
Nicole Aswell
12
6:53
6:40
7:15
20:48
1st 10 to 15
1843
Audrey Askin
47
7:51
8:00
8:17
24:17:00
Female Masters Champion
1845
Jeannette Pantani
45
7:55
8:05
8:30
24:30:00
1st 45-49
1840
Paul Burns
42
8:09
8:10
8:31
24:50:00
1st 40-44
1852
Loril Gossett
42
9:06
10:18
9:17
28:41:00
2nd 40-44
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