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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sept Letter from the CRC President

 

Over the course of the last nine months, our club has given away multiple pairs of running shoes and running tech shirts. Not to mention, the numerous $30 promo codes given away to Run For Your Life races.
All of this stuff is courtesy of the Run for Your Life’s Team awards program.
When our members enter the Run for Your Life races and select the Charlotte Running Club as their desired team, we get a shot at winning these team awards.
When our team wins, our members win.
We turn these awards around and give them back to our members as prizes won through our Facebook contents.
The next time that you enter a Run for Your Race and see the team option make sure to select the Charlotte Running Club team.
And, don’t forget to say “thank you” to the Run for Your Life crew. For without their effort none of these awards would even be possible.
 
 
Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:
Here is what’s on tap for the rest of the year:
·         10/4/14 CRC Uptown Throwdown 12hr Run Freedom Park Shelter #6  7AM-7PM
·         10/7/14 Tether Team Test Run I Fleet Feet Huntersville, NC 6:15 PM
·         10/18/14 CRC Board Meeting 11-4 Location: Dowd Y
·         10/25/14 CRC/Wilmore Park Ribbon Cutting – 11-2PM (Wilmore Park)
·         10/29 & 30/14 CRC/Run Safer Clinic Charlotte Running Company Locations & Times TBD
·         11/1/14 Tether Team Test Run II Fleet Feet Huntersville, NC 2PM
·         11/14/14 CRC @ Thunder Road Marathon Expo
·         11/15/14 CRC Cheer Zone 10 Mile point of the Thunder Road half and full marathons
·         11/15/14 CRC Post Marathon Social - Brixx/Foxcroft 4- 6 PM
·         11/20/14 CRC Board Meeting 6:30 PM Dowd Y
·         12/6/14 CRC Annual Meeting 2 PM Location TBD
·         12/7/14 Holiday Lights Run - Freedom Park 5:30 PM
·         12/13/14 CRC/Guinness Tether Team attempt Huntersville 5k
CRC Guinness WR Tether Team
Our Guinness WR Tether Team continues to grow. We have now pushed over 100 team members.
I am now planning two opportunities for test runs. The first one will be 10/7/14 at 6:15 PM at the Fleet Feet location in Huntersville. The second test run will be on 11/1/14 again at the Huntersville Fleet Feet at 2pm. Both are optional runs and will be used to test out our ideas for connecting our runners.
There continues to be plenty room on our team 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:
The Thunder Road Race Director and the Charlotte Running Club has reached an agreement to have a presence at the Thunder Road Marathon activities.
Our club will be represented at the two Thunder Road Preview runs which take place on 10/18 and 11/1. These cover the first and second halves of the Thunder Road course.
Our club will be co-branded with Endurance Magazine as the official pacers of the Thunder Road Marathon.  With this co-branding we will be providing pacers for the marathon.
Our club will have a presence at the Thunder Road Expo on Friday before the marathon.
Our club will organize and staff a Thunder Road Marathon Cheer Zone at 10 miles.
 While this is our club’s first real partnership with the Thunder Road Marathon, the stepping stone that it provides now will help us to grow this partnership long into the future. 

 
Interested in pacing for us, just email: run.charlotte@gmail.com.


McMullen Greenway Parking:
If you visit the McMullen Greenway off Rea Rd, don’t park in the “Shops at the Glen” parking lot. The lots are being monitored and runners are being towed.
Please use the parking lot adjacent to the greenway or the side street along the greenway.
 
Nonprofit Status:
More good news on this front. The IRS called us last week to inform us that our club’s nonprofit status is being restored, and they would be sending us a letter stating this fact in the next 4 to 5 weeks. This path to reinstatement has had many twist and turns plus a whole lot of on the job training. But it has all been worth it.    
 
Blue Ridge Relay Teams:
I would like to give a shout out to the Blue Ridge Relay teams. From what I heard conditions were hot and steamy in the mountains with several runners being put in bad shape.
To my knowledge, there were no serious issues and everyone came home safely.
Big congrats to our own CRC BRR team for finishing second this year.
All of the teams ran hard and should be proud of their efforts. BRR is a tough course and only the fittest survive it.   

Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo 4 Miler and Relay:
We have accepted a new challenge for January of ’15 by partnering with the Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo to produce a 4 mile run and 2 person relay race.
We expect the event to take place at “The Park” off Rt. 74 near Bojangles Arena. Runners will run a 2 x 2 mile loops. Relay runners will make the exchange with each running one of the 2 mile loops. There will be both age group and team awards.
More details to follow as we finalize the permits with the city.

Mileage Program:
I wanted to let everyone know that Audrey has decided to step down as our Mileage Program Coordinator.  Audrey’s monthly inspirational emails are something that I look forward to reading.
 Her inspiration and help will be sorely missed, but at the same time this opens up the opportunity for some new in our club to step in to our mileage coordinator position.
Audrey plans to continue her running exploits by coaching children at the Thompson Children’s Home in Matthews. Let’s send our best luck to her on this new venture in life.  
If you would like to be considered for mileage program coordinate, please email run.charlotte@gmail.com.  
Now for those interested in our August miles, Audrey has tabulated them for our club and posted it to our CRC website.
Audrey will continue supporting our mileage program through the end of this year and may be reached at run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com.
 
Member Status:
CRC’s exposure in the Charlotte running community continues to go. Our membership level has reached 359 members through the end of September.
Board Meeting Update:
Our Sept Board meeting covered the following topics:
·         Approval of Aug Board Meeting minutes.
·         Treasury Report
·         12 Hour Run/Relay Status check – low numbers this year possibly of canceling it if number don’t reach a certain level by Wednesday. Rob will make the go/no go decision on the race.
·         Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo Race – Mike brief the board on the status and the board approved moving forward CRC involvement
·         CRC/Thunder Road Agreement- reviewed with the board, the details on CRC involvement with the Thunder Road event as well as the expectations for the club.
·         Recognition of Audrey , Jason, and Phyllis for their efforts on behalf of CRC for the year ’14. The board approved a free membership and gift card to Inside Out Sports for each of them.
 
 
Wrapping Up:
Back in the middle of summer, we had only a few items listed on our fall scheduled. How would we ever continue to engage our members with the same intensity that we established during the spring and summer of this eyar?  Our board has continued to produce with numerous activities now listed on our upcoming events calendar.
Nothing happens without lots of hard work. All of the credit goes to our great board members and our supporting members for making it happen. To each of you, I say “THANK YOU”.
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
run.charlotte@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - August 2014

Congratulations to all of you reaching new milestones in August.  Marathon training is in full swing for many of you and it shows as our total program mileage is creeping back up.  Keep up the awesome work and good luck to all of you!  August results are in.  Click here to see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles.  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014. 
"Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way."
                                                --Jen Rhines
Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires
Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Caleb Boyd

 Mike Mitchell
Graham Shorr
Paul Mainwaring
Mark McGeough
Dave Munger
Mark Ulrich
Brad Farmer
Rob Ducsay
Daniel Matena
Dennis Livesay
Tom Torkildsen
Danielle Crockford
Allen Strickland
Mike Moran
Stan Austin
Wendy Norvell
Chad Crockford
Jimmy Moore
Billy Shue
Carolyn Yang
Butch Holt
Dianne Allen
Laura Gray
Gary Rautenstrauch
Keith Reynolds
Dean Otto
Ben Hovis
Bob Nelson
Michelle Seymour
Taiza Rivera
Valeria Matena
 
John Compton
Hunter Fleshood
Anne Marie Church
Chad Champion
William Weimer
Flavia Asar
Joey Church
Mike Slaney
Paul Reinfeld
Michael Miller
Dan Keller
Keli Fayard
Mark Cullen
Matt Miller
Allie Brown
Lana Torkildsen
Dave Edwards
Audrey Ashkin
Ralph Shore
Kathy Earle
David Huss
Melinda Law
Paula VanTassell
David Potter
Steve Tant
Jeannette Pantani 
 
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.
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Aug Letter from the CRC President

 
Over the years, the Charlotte running scene has changed in some ways but in others ways the view has remained pretty much the same. When I look across the running landscape now, I see lots of smaller running groups and a couple of large groups/clubs. One of these groups/clubs is our very own “Charlotte Running Club”.

Turning back the clock 20 years, and I remember there stilling being two major running groups/clubs in Charlotte. One in particular was the “Charlotte Road Runners Club”.
My reason for talking about these guys stems from the fact that they have decided to close their club doors.

In 1988, Steve Staley formed the “Charlotte Road Runners Club”. To my knowledge, Steve has been the President and the driving force behind this club the entire time. 

I have joined Charlotte Road Runners Club somewhere around ’92 or ’93 when I met Steve, Bobby Aswell, and Ken Wong. These guys were like the three amigos. They seem to race often and everywhere. We quickly became friends, and I went to many of the club socials and group runs organized by Steve.

In CRRC's hay day, I am guessing they had well over 300 members. Maybe they had more. Steve would know for sure. But like anything in life people move on, and over the years, the club has grown smaller currently at 52 members.

Over the last couple of months, Steve has talked often about shutting their club doors and just recently he started taking the necessary steps to move forward with this effort.

At the end of December, the Charlotte Road Runners Club will cease to exist. For me personally, this will be a sad day. I have many fawn memories of being a part of this club and running and racing with these guys.

After Steve told me about his plans, I wondered what these runners would do without a club home.
I cannot envision not having a place to hang my running club hat. To this end, I reached out to Steve and extended an invitation to him and the rest of the members to join our Charlotte Running Club.
Having them join our club is a win-win situation for all of us. Our club continues to find its footing but has enormous drive and potential. When blended with their experience, our future can only continue in one direction – upward.

Please join me in welcoming these former Charlotte Road Running Club members in to our club.  
 
 
Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:
Here is what’s on tap for the coming months:
·         10/4/14 CRC Uptown Throwdown 12hr Run Oct
·         10/29 & 30/14 CRC/Run Safer Clinic Charlotte Running Company Locations & Times TBD
·         11/15/14 CRC Cheer zone 10 point of the Thunder Road course
·         12/6/14 CRC Annual Board Meeting 1-4 Location: TBDs
·         12/7/14 Holiday Lights Run - Freedom Park 5:30 PM
·         12/13/14 CRC’s Guinness World Record attempt for most number of runners tethered together while completing a 5k (Huntersville Half & 5k 8:00 AM start)
 
CRC Guinness WR Tether Team
Our Guinness WR attempt is coming right along. Our application for this attempt has been submitted to Guinness. I have been working with them on the approval of our tether team layout. There are a number of guidelines that need to be approved by them before we can make our attempt.  
Additionally, a budget has been created but hasn’t been submitted to the board as yet. There are a number of materials needed to connect the runners together. The budget reflects those materials but I cannot finalize it until Guinness has approved our layout. For my part, I try to respond quickly to their request and questions. But as you can imagine, their response isn’t quick.
There continues to be plenty room on our team 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.
Nonprofit Status:
Good news. The IRS has responded to our nonprofit application. Their response contained four items for us to address. In three of these items, they have asked us to modify our club’s purpose statement to better fall in line with the IRS tax codes. The forth item pertains to how our foundation is classified under the IRS tax codes. The letter also stated that we need to respond by September 18th or our application will be suspended.
During our Aug meeting, our board members approved these changes to our club’s bylaws and our response has been returned to the IRS.  
 Uptown Throwdown:
More good news, our 12 run and relay will pretty much use the same course as last year but the starting and finishing location will be at the opposite end this year. We will be running from Shelter #6 in Freedom Park down to the Metropolitan and back.
Rob is on track to get more info out in the coming weeks so stay tuned to our Facebook page.

Winter Classic 8k Status:
As many of you know, there is major construction coming to the McAlpine Greenway. Shortly after Foot Locker races are completed, the park will close to all events. What does this mean? Well, we have been looking for a new home for our Winter Classic 8k. We have explored numerous locations around Charlotte. The short story is that we have not been able to found a suitable location which would allow us to continue the Winter Classic 8k in the same fashion as previous years. With this said, we have decided to postpone our club’s Winter Classic 8k race for ’15.
Once McAlpine reopens, we will plan to return with the Winter Classic 8k. This will most likely happen in ’16.
I know everyone is disappointed. I am disappointed as well. Hopefully, our disappointment will last only one year.

Mileage Program:
Audrey has tabulated the July 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. For those that might have this email address, please use run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com
Member Status:
Our club membership total now stands at 338 members. Remember, you are our brand so help us promote our club. I would love to have 400 members by December of this year.
Board Meeting Update:
Our Aug Board meeting covered the following topics:
·         July Meeting Minutes approval
·         Treasury Report
·         Winter Classic 8k postponement – voted to postpone the event until ‘16
·         CRC Introductory Letter – draft copy to be updated and reviewed by board members
·         IRS Nonprofit Letter – required updates to our club bylaws and foundation classification. Letter is being signed and returned before 9/18/14
·         Board approved allowing Allen to use the club’s clock
·         Board approved dropping Survey Monkey in favor of using Google Survey functionality for the fall club’s elections.
Other statuses given:
·         Discussion of adding a social to the fall schedule
·         Guinness WR attempt status
·         Uptown Throwdown status
·         RRCA dues for ’14
 
 
Wrapping Up:
I have to say that this summer we have seen some of strangest weather in recent memory. Either the skies have been cloudy with rain falling or the days been summer hot and humid. Honestly, I am pretty good with it either way. I like it warm. There is nothing like a warm summer shower during a run.
Now, with September I don’t expect too much rain but I do expect cooler temperatures which mean good running and racing weather.
There is a ton of events coming this fall in the Charlotte so get out and take advantage of them.   
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
run.charlotte@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

CRC's Guinness WR Tether Team - Update II



On December 13, 2014 at 8 AM, our club will attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record of 116 runners tethered together while completing a 5k race.

The Huntersville 5k in Huntersville, NC will be the hosting race for our attempt.

There is no cost to be on our team, but team members will have to register for the race (costing $20) so you are listed in the official results. These results will be turned over to Guinness as part of our proof of accomplishment.

In addition to the race shirt, each Tether Team member will receive a special edition CRC/Guinness World Holder Shirt.

Our first test run will be 10/7/14 @ 6:15 PM at the Huntersville Fleet Feet Store.

Our goal is to have a 200 team members by race day. If you are worried about speed, we suspect that it may take us upwards of 40 minutes for more for us to complete the course.

If you are interested, please email run.charlotte@gmail.com.

Additional details and updates can be found on our Facebook page.

Come be on a world record setting team,

Bill Shires
Charlotte Running Club President and CRC Tether Team Captain.


Friday, August 8, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - July 2014

You guys are amazing runners!  The list of milestone achievers continues to grow as all of you continue working hard toward your running goals.  July results are in.  Click here to see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles.  Great job everyone!  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014. 

Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires

 Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Caleb Boyd
Mike Mitchell
Dave Munger
Paul Mainwaring
Graham Shorr
Dennis Livesay
Mark McGeough
Mark Ulrich
Rob Ducsay
Daniel Matena
Tom Torkildsen
Brad Farmer
Jimmy Moore
Danielle Crockford
Butch Holt
Chad Crockford
Wendy Norvell
Allen Strickland
Billy Shue
Stan Austin
Carolyn Yang
Dianne Allen
Laura Gray
  
 
Gary Rautenstrauch
John Compton
Dean Otto
Bob Nelson
Valerie Matena
Michelle Seymour
Keith Reynolds
Ben Hovis
Taiza Rivera
Anne Marie Church
Chad Champion
Mike Slaney
Hunter Fleshood
Flavia Asar
Mike Moran
Michael Miller
Dan Keller
Joey Church
Mark Cullen
Paul Reinfeld
Lana Torkildsen
Keli Fayard
Allie Brown
Audrey Ashkin
Dave Edwards
Paula Van Tassell
Ralph Shore
Steve Tant
Matt Miller
Melinda Law
 
 
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

 


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