Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CRC ’15 Board Elections

Our CRC '15 Board nomination period is open now through 11/30/14. To nominate a CRC member, please email their name to run.charlotte@gmail.com.

Between 12/1/14 and 12/6/14 members will be able to vote for up to 4 candidates to fill the 4 open board positions.

** Note **

For ’15 our board will be expanded to 11 positions. By having an odd number of board members, no board vote will ever end with a tie. This 11th position will be treated as an at large position so instead of having 2 at large yearly positions, our board will now have 3 positions.  

Please take a moment and consider who you would like to have shape the future of our club. Better yet, nominate yourself. “Service” is a great way to give back.

Best in Running,

Bill Shires
Charlotte Running Club President

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CRC Renewal

Please accept my apologies for the “old” renewal email that came out this morning. The RunSignUp System which handles our membership database sent this email using the version from last year. It should have used the version that I updated for this year.

I have already been in their system this morning to correct it. 

To renew your CRC membership, please use the following instructions: 

2) login
3) click on "My club Memberships" at the bottom of the page
4) This should show you a list of your memberships
5) click on the newer one - the one with the larger membership number
6) click on the "Renew Now" Button.

** If you have multiple profiles in RunSignUp, combine them **

6a) you will also have the option of deleting the older profile if you like

This was entirely my fault for not following up this weekend and making sure that it was correct.

Again, please accept my apologies.

Bill Shires
CRC President

Monday, November 3, 2014

Member's Post: Age is Just a Number by Michael Lemmons

My name is Michael Lemmons and I am 51 years old. I moved to Charlotte seven years ago to begin a life with my new bride, Kim. I was active in the gym and was in relatively good shape going into my late forties. I did not run and had not run since I was in high school in 1981. I had only run my senior year and was fortunate enough to have the skills to run a 1:52 in the 800 meters that year. I chose to go to college and work versus continuing what had been a great start to a running career at a young age. Running to me was not an option in my normal pursuit of physical well-being at my age. We had moved into a new neighborhood in Charlotte in 2009 when a young couple across the street shared that they had run the 2008 Thunder Road Marathon. I immediately went home and told my wife that I wanted to add the Boston Marathon to my bucket list. She thought maybe a 5k would be more appropriate but I felt that my drive and passion would help me achieve this goal. The following paragraphs detail the journey of my quest to run the Boston Marathon and the amazing events that have occurred during that journey.

The first time I went out for a run in my neighborhood, I struggled to run a 9-minute mile. The funny thing was that I couldn’t wait to run again. I realized that the “Runners High” was real and I experienced it every time I ran. I trained myself for 8 weeks to run the Thunder Road Marathon in December 2009. I ran a 3:53 and was very disappointed that I did not make my qualifying time of 3:30. I joined the Charlotte Running Club in January 2010 and continued to train and improve my time. I started paying attention to the race times of Bill Shires and Billy Shue. Not that Billy was close to my age but he had this passion for racing like my own and had showed me kindness early on in my quest to get faster. Bill Shires was a legend and showed that racing in your 40’s was easy and his times showed it. I ran my first 8k, Elizabeth Ave, in 35:17 which was good enough for 2nd in my age group. I was so excited and now had the racing bug. I spent that summer and the fall running 10ks and half marathons while continuing my quest to qualify for Boston.

I finally qualified for Boston while pacing a fellow runner in the Myrtle Beach Marathon with a 3:28 in February of 2011. I ran the Corporate Cup half marathon right after that winning 2nd in age group, and then proceeded straight to the Tobacco Road Marathon hoping to improve my Boston qualifier time. Unfortunately, I cracked my heel and tore most of my tendons in my left foot and had to drop out of that race at mile 12. I was determined to continue my trek and did just that after rehab by running and placing in the Ortho Carolina 10k and the Thunder Road Half Marathon that same year.

I was three weeks away from the 2012 Boston Marathon when I slipped and fell on a set of concrete stairs uptown while helping someone and broke my back. I spent four months swimming in a pool hoping to recover and return to racing. I came back in the summer and ran a 5k or a 10k every month winning my age group or Masters in every race. This was also a time to reflect on all my efforts and struggles and I believe that running at this age was not a bad thing but a chance to relive my youth. I was able to get into Boston for 2013 and one month before the race, I fell while running up a set of stairs barefooted and broke my right foot. That was a bad year for Boston and another disappointing miss of a bucket-list goal. Everyone I knew was now rooting for me but also encouraging me to stay away from stairs. LOL!! I came back from the injury and continued to race every month in half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, easily winning my age group and moving into the Top 3 overall. I tore my hamstring at mile 2 while running in the Susan Koman 5k in October of 2013 and still finished 8th overall. This injury kicked me out of the Savannah Marathon and put me on the sidelines until the end of January 2014.

I returned to training in February 2014 and was rewarded with a 2nd place Masters finish in the Elizabeth Ave 8k. I decided to run the Raleigh Rock and Roll marathon as a Boston qualifier and once again accidently injured my foot a week before the race. I went through rehab and came back to a 1st place Masters win in the Run Ballantyne 5k in May of 2014. I decided to move my Boston goal a little further down the bucket list as my hopes of getting there injury free were starting to wane. I set a new goal of going to the USATF Masters National Championship in July 2014 and compete in the 800 meters. I trained myself for less than 2 months and went to Wake Forest only to find that I was overwhelmed with the amount of talent at this event. The field was made up of former Olympians and college track stars who had all come prepared with coaches and their respective track clubs. I came in seeded with a 2:05 qualifying run which advanced me to the finals. I showed up to race the finals with an allergy attack and struggled to finish with a 2:13. Despite my disappointment with a 2:13 as my 2:05 would have won the Gold, it was good enough for a 7th place overall out of 24 of the best 50-year-olds in the nation. This also qualified me to advance to the World Championships, which will be held in Lyon, France in July 2015.

Since this race, I have won 1st place overall in two local 5k’s and recently cruised to a 1st place overall finish in the Inaugural Carowinds Half Marathon on October 5th beating the 2nd place finisher by a whopping 10 minutes. In the last 5 years, I have placed in 24 races ranging from 5k's to half marathons all while running in my late 40’s and early 50’s. I am inspired by other runners who have a passion to seek results from their efforts. My wife just took up running at the beginning of this year and has already placed in two of the five races she entered and she is 40 years old. I have a fellow running club member Jennifer who took up running at the age of 39 and has also placed in numerous races over the last 12 months. They both stated that their inspiration to run at this age came from seeing the results of my efforts.

The greatest thing besides winning at age 51 is the health benefits. I look at my lab results from annual physicals as a PR over my prior years and they have improved dramatically. I am in better shape overall than I have been in the last 20 years. I am proud to be a part of the Charlotte Running Club and thank each of its members and leadership for giving me goals to chase after. I am very excited to report that as I get older, I am getting faster and still have not peaked. I have shared my journey, not to brag, but to encourage every person over the age of 40 to look deep within and find that desire to relive your youth and go race like you have always wanted to.

Age is just a number and the only way to get results is to make the effort.

Michael Lemmons - Charlotte Running Club Member since 2010

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Letter from the CRC President

Each year, we usually plan for one or two extended board meetings. This year, with so much going on, we have had only time for one longer than normal meeting. This occurred earlier this month at the Dowd YMCA.

We met for 5 hours and covered a whole host of topics. If you are interested reading through the full list of topics and their summaries, skip down to the bottom of my letter. I have provided a link to our meeting minutes.

 Our biggest topic focused on moving away from being such a board centric and toward being a more committee centric club.  Why you might ask? Well, since I joined our board, pretty much any activity or event sponsored by our club has been driven by the members of the board. This is somewhat understandable. These are the members who have stepped up and said they were willing to lead our club.  However, managing a club can be a time consuming task. The countless hours spent making CRC run smoothly can often be overlooked.

During my tenure as President I have seen a number of promising individuals step away from the board because they didn’t realize the commitment being asked.

The reality of the situation is that our club needs to spread out. We need to empower more members in the running of the club.

This is the only way that out club will continue to grow.

 To do this, we will be working to established committees for handling specific areas of our club.

We are currently working to establish the following committees.

·         Membership

·         Sponsorship and Advertising

·         Community Out Reach

·         Communications

·         Competition Events

·         Social Activities

 The description of the committees are still be finalized so below is a just a draft version. I will provide the final version in my next Nov letter. For now, read through these descriptions with this understanding in mind.

·         Membership: Coordinates, surveys, and assesses the member body. Handles new memberships, renewals, and dues

·         Sponsorship: Works with and seeks potential sponsors and advertisers.

·         Community: Coordinates with the larger community including the local running stores, charitable work, and coordination with regional clubs

·         Communications: Handles all internal and external communication from the organization: Newsletter, social media, website, etc.

·         Competition: Manages racing events and athletes’ participation in events

·         Social: Develops and manages non-competitive events and get-togethers. Club socials, happy hours, picnics, and themed group runs

Serving on one or more of these committees is as easy as emailing run.charlotte@gmail.com. Your email will then be forwarded to the appropriate committee chair.   

Think about it. Volunteer with our club and make a difference in our club’s future.

Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

Here is what’s on tap for the rest of the year and into next year:

·         11/1/14 Thunder Road Marathon Preview Run 6:30 AM BB&T Stadium (Second Half of the TRM course)

·         11/1/14 CRC Guinness Tether Team Practice Run Run 2 PM Fleet Feet Huntersville, NC

·         11/8/14 CRC Guinness Tether Team Test Run 2 PM RFYL Park Rd location

·         11/13/14 CRC Guinness Tether Team Practice Run 6:30 PM Charlotte Running Company Northlake location

·         11/14/14 CRC @ the Thunder Road Marathon Expo

·         11/15/14 CRC Cheer Zone - Thunder Road Marathon 10 mile point

·         11/15/14 CRC Post Marathon Social - Brixx/Foxcroft 4- 6 PM

·         12/6/14 CRC Annual Meeting 2-4 Location: TBD

·         12/7/14 Holiday Lights Run - Freedom Park 5:30 PM

·         12/13/14 CRC Guinness WR Tether Team attempt @ Huntersville 5k 8 AM

·         1/17/15 CRC/Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness 4 miler and Relay.

CRC Guinness WR Tether Team

Guinness has officially approved our Tether Team World Record attempt so we are definitely a go for 12/13/14 at the Huntersville 5k.

We have two test runs coming up:

·         11/1/14 at Fleet Feet in Huntersville 2PM

·         11/8/14 at Run for Your Life Park Rd 2PM

·         11/13/14 at the Charlotte Running Company (Northlake location) 6:30 PM

Our team continues to have plenty room so if you are interested, please email run.charlotte@gmail.com. My goal is to have 200 runners, but if we have more, we definitely will not turn anyone away.

CRC/Thunder Road Partnership:

 CRC is making a big splash with the Thunder Road Marathon this year.

We will be at their course preview run on 11/1/14 @ 6:30 AM – BB&T Stadium. They will be running the back half of the Thunder Road Course.

We will be at the Thunder Road Expo on Friday 11/14/14. Please stop by our pacer booth to say hello.

We will have pacers leading various pace groups for the marathon.

We will have the 10 mile point Cheer Zone.

If you are interested in pacing or volunteering with us at Thunder Road, just email: run.charlotte@gmail.com.

CRC Renewal Swag:

 This month our board approved the renewal swag. In January, renewing and new members will receive a new CRC Membership Card and will receive a new CRC Magnet.

During the renewal process, members will be given the opportunity to purchase CRC singlets, tech-t shirts, and CRC caps.

Swag will be shipped on two separate occasions. The first batch will be sent to the printer on January second of ’15. The second and final batch will be sent to the printer on February 1st.

After February 1st, members can still renew but will not have the opportunity to purchase gear. 

CRC Post Marathon Social:

 CRC is holding our POST MARATHON social at the Brixx in Foxcroft from 4 to 6 PM on 11/15/14. Come out and enjoy catching up with your fellow CRC members. Share you marathon story with your fellow CRC friends.

CRC USAT&F Membership:

Seems like every day I learn something new. Since ’14 started while club has shown up on the non renewing club page for the USAT&F website. And, yes, we paid our USAT&F renewal payment. I did it myself in December of last year.

 What did learn? Well, our club was setup with the USAT&F to allow both youths and adults as members, because of this setting the contact person for the club must pass a background check before the club can be consider in good standing. Needless to say, I passed my background check and got the club cleared as of today. Unfortunately, this is not a onetime event. Each year from now on, I have to have a background check or our club fails out of favor with the USAT&F.  Let’s just say that I added it to my yearly todo list.   

Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo 4 Miler and Relay:

The City of Charlotte has approved our race permit for Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo 4 miler and relay. Mike is already well underway with the race planning. Look for the race website and registration information to be made public soon.

If you are interested in helping with this race, please email greaterClt4Miler@gmail.com. Mike monitors this inbox and I am sure that he will gladly accept the extra help. Putting on a successful race depends upon having numerous hands to help with the many tasks.

Mileage Program:

Dave has accepted the role as our new mileage program coordinator and with him; he will bring about some new changes.

Starting in January ’15, Dave will send the mileage program emails. Instead of each person responding with their mileage, there will be a link to the ’15 mileage program gdocs spreadsheet where they will enter their monthly mileage.

Dave will roll up the totals and post the summary to our club’s website.

For now, Audrey continues as our coordinator so remember to say thank you before end of December for all of her good work.

Mileage program emails can be sent to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com

Member Status:

As of 10/31/2014, our membership stands at 365 members strong. Seeing so many runners supporting our club is simply awesome. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate their support.

Board Meeting Update:

Each year we hold an extended board meeting once or twice per year. This year October was designated as our month for our extended meeting. The meeting took place at the Dowd Y on 10/18/14 from 11-4 PM.

We use these extended meetings to cover topics that are just too large to cover during our monthly meetings.

To read a recap of the topics and summary, please us the following link: Extended Meeting Minutes

Wrapping Up:

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived. With it comes a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful world that we live. Don’t waste another moment go for a run, do a 5k or 10k, or sign up for your first marathon. Whatever you do, just go have fun running.

 I welcome any and all feedback from our members. To contact me, please use the following email address: run.charlotte@gmail.com. Our board members monitor this email inbox and usually respond to emails within 24 hours.

Best in Running,

Bill Shires

CRC President


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happening this week.

Run Safer Clinics
On Wednesday and Thursday night at the Charlotte Running Company (10/29 - CRC Dilworth, 10/30 - CRC - Northlake) 6:30 PM come out to hear Todd Williams talk about his Run Safer Initiative. RunSafer is a program created by the Two-Time Olympic Distance Runner and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This one hour session will teach you safety techniques and tips to help protect yourself in a dangerous situation.

Space is limited so please RSVP to scott@charlotterunning.com.Please include the location that you plan on attending. 

Click here for more information. 

Thunder Road Course Preview Run
Want to see the back half of the Thunder Road Marathon course; this is the weekend to do it. Let's meet up at the BB&T Stadium 6:30 AM on Saturday (11/1/14) morning for Run for Your Life's last course preview run.  I will be there so come out and say hi. 

OPTIONAL Tether Team Test Run
  Saturday (11/1/14) afternoon 2 PM at Fleet Fleet in Huntersville will be our second OPTIONAL Tether Team test run. 
  • Practice using our race day layout. 
  • Practice running at a 10 minutes per mile pace
  • Practice slowing to a walk every half mile to regroup then resuming a 10 minute pace. 
       Let what it feels like to participate in a tethered run.


      Hope to see this week,

       Bill Shires
       Charlotte Running Club President

Monday, October 13, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - September 2014

We finished September stronger than we thought.  Some last minute mileage reports rolled in and we almost tied for the highest mileage month yet this year.  United in effort, we are also about to cross the 100,000 mile mark for the year.  Way to go everyone!  There are three months left in the program so make the most of it!  Click here see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles for September.  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014. 

"You don't know what you are capable of unless you try." - author unknown
Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires
Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Caleb Boyd
Paul Mainwaring
Mike Mitchell
Graham Shorr
Dave Munger
Mark Ulrich
Brad Farmer
Mark McGeough
Rob Ducsay
Steve Staley
Jimmy Moore
Daniel Matena
Tom Torkildsen
Billy Shue
Danielle Crockford
Allen Strickland
Dennis Livesay
Stan Austin
Mike Moran
Wendy Norvell
Chad Crockford
Carolyn Yang
Butch Holt
Dianne Allen
Gary Rautenstrauch
Ben Hovis
Laura Gray
Butch Holt
Keith Reynolds
Dean Otto
Michelle Seymour
Hunter Fleshood
Bob Nelson
William Weimer
Taiza Rivera
Chad Champion
Flavia Asar
John Compton
Valeria Matena
Joey Church
Mike Slaney
Anne Marie Church
Paul Reinfeld
 Michael Miller
Dan Keller
Keli Fayard
Allie Brown
Matt Miller
Dave Edwards
Jeff Linson
Lana Torkildsen
Mark Cullen
Audrey Ashkin
Kathy Earle
Ralph Shore
Melinda Law
David Huss
David Potter
Chris Davis
Jeannette Pantani
Paula VanTassell
Dave Knavel
Holly Hassen
Steve Tant
Jason Benoit
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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tether Team Test Run Recap

On Tuesday night, we held our first tether team test run. The evening went pretty much as I expected. There were more questions than I had good answers. I did my best to share all that I knew.

We had a good group of runners in attendance which really helped with the test run. We organized our team in the layout that I proposed to Guinness.

While we had a rather small group compared to what we will have on race day, I learned that we can start moving faster than I expected. We got down to 9:30 pace.

This is a lot faster than I want us to run on race day. To help control the pace for future test runs and on race day, I plan to be the point person on the front row to ensure the pace gets no faster than 10 minutes per mile.

I also plan to slow the team to a walk every ½ mile. Our lines became rather ragged during our test run. Slowing everyone to walk will give our line captains an opportunity to get everyone back in line. This allows them to check-in with their group runners to make sure they are all doing okay.

We finished the run by asking everyone to share their thoughts on how the evening went. Getting feedback from others is really important. They provide numerous other perspectives. Considering these perspectives ensures that I have as many bases covered on race day as possible.

I do want to extend my appreciate to everyone that came out. Also, I want to give Eric a big thank you for helping get our layout organized. 

Our tether team has plenty of room for more members. Don't be on the fence here. Please sign up. 

Details about our Tether Team can be found on our Facebook page.

To join our Tether Team – just email: run.charlotte@gmail.com

Our next Tether Team test run will be 11/1/14 at the Fleet Feet in Huntersville at 2pm.

Come help me bring a Guinness World Record to Charlotte,

Bill Shires

Charlotte Running Club President
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