Monday, April 14, 2014

CRC All Around Miler Races


Our CRC All Around Miler event takes place on 5/6/2014 at 6:30 PM.

Race day registration opens at 5:30 PM at the Irwin Belk Track on the UNCC Campus.

Online Registration is available here

One evening – 3 races
  • 6:30 PM will be the track mile
  • 6:45 PM will be the dirt mile
  • 7:00 PM will be the asphalt mile.

Cost:
  • $10 for CRC Members
  • $15 for non Members

Awards:
  • M/F  1st Overall, 1st Masters, 1st Grand Masters, 1st Senior Grand Masters
  • Age Groups – 3 deep running from 15 to 70.

Race shirts sold separately for $15. 

Questions: Run.Charlotte@gmail.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - March 2014

Congratulations to our participants earning mileage awards this month.  Your dedication and determination in achieving your running goals is inspiring.  High fives to all of you!  Our program's 80 participants ran over 11 thousand miles in March.  To put that in perspective and if the oceans were not in the way we could have reached Australia by a human chain of relay.  That's amazing!  Keep working hard!  I wish all of our CRC members running the Boston Marathon a strong fight to the finish! You are helping Boston stay strong!  Achievers are always in order of miles run. 
 
  
 Joe Schlereth 
  
 
Bill Shires
Billy Shue
Paul Mainwaring
Caitlin Bullock
Mike Mitchell
Walt Guyer
Chad Crockford
Megan Hovis
Daniel Matena
Caleb Boyd
John Compton
Dennis Livesay
Danielle Crockford
Mark McGeough
Graham Shorr
Rob Ducsay
Mark Ulrich
Butch Holt
Wen Norvell
Tom Torkildsen
Allen Strickland
Jimmy Moore
Valerie Matena
Dianne Allen
Carolyn Yang
 
To see a complete listing of those that submitted their miles for the month of March click here.  You can participate in the mileage program anytime by using Athleticore for logging your miles or email your monthly mileage or any questions/corrections to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Letter from the CRC President

A while back Mike Kahn wrote a letter to our club about why CRC was the best running club on the planet. I go back to read it ever so often because I identify with it so closely. I have been running in Charlotte for a long time now, and I have made quite a few friends over the years. However, since joining CRC, I have made a whole bunch of new friends for which I am a richer person for it.

This was made ever more apparent to me when my 10,000 consecutive day run drew such a large crowd. My initial expectations were for a small turn out. After all everyone has busy schedules so getting out for an evening run at Triple C can be tough.

I was surprised, excited, and appreciative of everyone that came out. So much so that it is really hard for me to put into words what this meant to me.

It doesn’t sound like enough but “Thank You” for sharing a part of your day with my on a special day in my life.


Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

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

·         4/3/14 Scavenger Hunt @ TrySports Blakeney & South Park 6PM

·         4/13/14 CRC Scrambled Egg 5k @ McAlpine 12-3PM (Sunday afternoon)

·         5/6/14 All Around Miler Track/Dirt/Road Mile 6:30/6:45/7:00 UNCC Track

·         5/8/14 CRC's 5 Year Birthday Group Run @ Triple C Brewery 6:30 PM (Thursday night)

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

·         Tour de Charlotte Group Run Series

·         Brain Freeze Run

·         CRC Summer Track - July/Aug dates TBD

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

·         CRC/Run Safer Clinic Oct

·         Holiday Lights Run - Dec


Partners for Parks:

Once again this year, our Winter Classic 8k was profitable. This allowed our club to make a $2,000 donation to “Partners for Parks”. We asked that this money be err marked for rebuilding the McAlpine Stage. The McAlpine stage is central to so many functions that it would be sorely missed if it were not rebuilt after the upcoming changes at McAlpine. 

Vida Cantina Happy Hour Social

The guys at Vida Cantina invited us in for a Happy Hour social in March and provided us with some free appetizers.  This was my first visit to their establishment so I was very impressed.  They were on top of it. I hope that we can continue to work with them and possibly have future CRC Happy Hours at their location. 

All Around Miler Event:

We changed up the “All Around Miler” event. Originally, we planned for 3 races on 3 different weeks at 3 different locations because finding a track, a road, and a trail option in close proximity is a tall order here in Charlotte. However, the guys at UNCC really came through for us. UNCC’s location provides the ideal location to have all 3 races on the same evening.

Therefore, on 5/6/14 at 6:30, 6:45, and 7 PM, we will run a track mile, a dirt mile, and a road mile. We will give age group and overall awards to the winners.

Registration is here.

The club member's registration fee is $10 and for non members it is $15.

If you need to get in some mile repeats, this is an excellent opportunity for you.

Mileage Program:

Audrey has tabulated the February results for our club and posted it to our http://www.charlotterunningclub.org/2014/03/crc-mileage-program-february-2014.html 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:

Our club is up to 280 members. This is up 20 members over last year.

CRC March Madness Basketball Challenge:

We had roughly 50 members participate in our CRC Baller’s Challenge this year. To view the standing on cbsports.com click here.  

CRC Membership shirts and cards:

The board members divided up the members nearest them so they could hand deliver another round of shirts. The remaining shirts will be mailed during the month of April. I apologize for the delay. We have been making every effort to hand deliver as many shirts and cards to avoid the shipping cost.

** Note ** After April 15th new joining members will not receive a shirt. The club is not able to maintain ample supplies of shirts beyond this day.   

Team Category – RFYL Signature Series:

Many of you run in the RFYL Signature Series. When you sign up, select a “Charlotte Running Club” from the team category. This puts our club in the running for free stuff which I see goes back to you. Last year, we won several pairs of shoes and shirts which we passed along to you.

Proof of my word, I have received emails from RFYL stating that our club won the club category for their first two races: 2 shoes, 2 shirts, and 2 x $25 awards toward entry in to RFYL races. I will be giving these out via Facebook during the first week of April. The shoes and shirts will need to be picked up during on April 10th which is the Captain/Team night at RFYL.

Board Meeting Update:

This month we shifted our monthly board meeting to Whole Foods. Whole Foods offers a more central location for all board members.

I have listed our discussion topics below.

The big items, we will be out the TrySports Scavenger hunts on 4/3 – Stephanie is handling the Blakeney Store, and I will be handling the South Park store. There is no cost to the club for these events and it gives us an opportunity to be visible in the community. We talked about the location for our fall 12 hour relay/solo run. Rob is already working out the details. Eric, Billy, Stephanie, and Wendy agreed to be on a committee which will organize our Tour de Charlotte activities in July. For those that don’t know during July there is the Tour de France cycling race. We thought it would be a good idea to do some group runs around Charlotte to coincide with this event. So stay tuned for more information about these runs.  Our last task of the meeting was to distribute out shirts and cards to board members who would then distribute them to members in their area of Charlotte. The remaining shirts will be mailed to our members during the month of April. The board also agreed that April 15 will be the cut off for shirts. Members signing up after this date will not receive a club branded item as part of their member until they have renewed ’15 membership. 

We had nine of the ten board members present for our meeting.

Board Agenda:

·         Approval of Previous Month's Minutes

·         Treasury Report – Paul

·         Gear Store update – Bill

·         Park Reservations for CRC Events

·         TrySports Scavenger Hunt – Bill/Stephanie

·         Parks and Rec – Donation – Mike

·         CRC Monthly Challenge – Eric

·         Uptown Throwdown – Rob

·         CRC March Madness – Mike

·         Tour de Charlotte – formation of a committee – Eric, Stephanie, Billy, Wendy

·         Distribute of member shirts and cards - group

Minutes from the 3/27/14 meeting can be found “Coming Soon”.  

 Wrapping Up:

Spring has been a little slow getting started this year, but I promise you that it will be here soon. If you feel stuck running your local neighborhood loop or are just tired of the concert, Charlotte’ great greenways and trails can provide the perfect respite for you.  

Email run.charlotte@gmail.com. Let us know where you live and we will point you toward the nearest trail or greenway in your area.


Come run with me,

Bill Shires

CRC President

run.charlotte@gmail.com




  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - February 2014

 
 
Welcome to CRC's Mileage Program for 2014!  As of this post, we have 76 members committed to reaching their personal milestones for the year.  Whether you are aiming for 500 miles for the first time or attempting to cross the 2000 barrier, we are all making promises to each other to run. All of you are off to a strong start for 2014!  Congratulations to our inspiring and talented 8 participants that crossed the 500 mile mark in February.  That's the equivalent of running all the way to Savannah, GA and back.  Keep up the great work!  Achievers are always in order of miles run.
  
Bill Shires
Caitlin Bullock
Paul Mainwaring
Chad Crockford
Walt Guyer
Dennis Livesay
Mike Mitchell
Caleb Boyd 
 
To see a complete listing of those that submitted their miles for the month of February click here. You can participate in the mileage program anytime by using Athleticore for logging your miles or email your monthly mileage or any questions/corrections to run.charlotte.miles@gmail.com

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Letter from the CRC President


February has been a month of extremes. One day the temperature is 75 degrees, and then the next day the snow is piling up on my front lawn and the temperature is in the teens.

Hopefully, this bouncing around weather is over soon and we get on with spring.

As long as I am on the topic of the weather, the snow and sleet that covered Charlotte caused us to postpone our Valentine’s Day Group Run. Pushing back the date in the name of safety and common sense was the right decision. Our new date turned out to be awesome. We had great weather and a huge turnout.

While most people come to Triple C for the “spirits”, we did supply the Gatorade and cupcakes for runners post run. We also raffled off a number of items in including our red and white CRC Valentine’s Day Bears.

I enjoy these types of events more than anything else that I do for CRC. Getting the opportunity to talk running and share why CRC is the best running club in Charlotte one on one with other runners is really important to me.

In the past, CRC has often been thought of in same context as just for fast runners and/or elite runners. Nothing could be father from the truth.

CRC is about people who enjoy the activity of “running” and want to share their passion with others.

This is the common thread that binds us all.

Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

Please make an effort to come out and participate. If nothing else, make a late New Year’s Resolution to attend at least one event this year.

·         3/1/14 Allen’s Road To Boston 5k Frank Liske Park 9 AM (Saturday morning)

·         3/5/14 10,000th Daily Run @ Triple C Brewery 6:30 PM (Wednesday night)

·         (Marcus Watson - to speak for 10 minutes about St. Jude’s Hero’s Program - know our new program and how we can help get them access to training materials and premier races)

·         CRC March Madness BasketBall Chanllenge (late March)

·         4/13/14 CRC Scrambled Egg 5k @ McAlpine or Reedy Creek Park 12-3PM (Sunday afternoon)

·         5/8/14 CRC's 5 Year Birthday Group Run @ Triple C Brewery 6:30 PM (Thursday night)

·         All Around Miler Series - 3 weeks in May

-          Track Mile (Tentatively UNCC or AG Middle School Track on 5/6/14 - a Tuesday night))

-          Dirt Mile (Tentatively McAlpine or Reedy Creek Park on 5/13/14 - a Tuesday night)

-          Road Mile (Tentatively Freed Park on 5/20/14 - a Tuesday night)

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

·         Tour de Charlotte Group Run Series

·         CRC Summer Track - July/Aug dates TBD - checking with Ben

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

·         CRC/Run Safer Clinic Oct

·         Holiday Lights Run - Dec

10,000 Continuous Daily Runs

This coming week, I will be running my 10,000th consecutive day. If you are in the area, come by Triple C Brewery on Wednesday night at 6:30 PM. We will be heading out for an easy run anywhere from 4 miles to 10k. See you at Triple C.

Mileage Program:

Audrey has tabulated the January results for our club and posted it to our www.CharlotteRunningClub.org website.

We still have awards from our ’13 mileage program. I will have them with me for pickup at our 10,000th Consecutive Day Group Run 3/5/14. 

Lastly, I encourage everyone to participate in this program for two reasons. One, this gives you a great reason to go out door and put in a few miles even when you don’t feel like. Two, Audrey does an awesome job sending those inspiring monthly reminders to share your total miles with the rest of the club.

Member Status:

This month, we had 15 members either join or renew their club memberships. Our club membership now stands at 271 awesome runners sharing a common bond.

Word of mouth is the best recommendation that any organization can have. This month we had only one referring member listed. Remember, during your weekly runs to give CRC a shout out and ask others to include your name when they join our club.  

CRC March Madness Basketball Challenge:

Our CRC March Madness Basketball Challenge is returning this year and with some additional loot on the line. We are discussiong a prize structure of gift cards to the top 5 overall.

Please stay tuned to our FaceBook and www.CharlotteRunningClub.org sites because they will have the full details to the contest.

 

CRC Membership shirts and cards:

If you are in the area, please drop by on Wednesday. Mailing shirts and cards to our members is quite costly for our club, besides, if you come by Triple C, I will get to meet you.  I will be able to personally hand you your card and shirt.

Team Category – RFYL Signature Series:

Many of us run the RFYL Signature Series. When you sign up, select a “Charlotte Running Club” from the team category. This puts our club in the running for free stuff which I see goes back to you. Last year, we won several pairs of shoes and shirts which we passed along to you.

Board Meeting Update:

This month’s board meeting was mostly status updates for ongoing activities. We are going to make a couple of shifts in the upcoming events. We plan to have a booth at the TrySports Scavenger Hunts in exchange we will promote their scavenger hunts to our members. The first schedule hunt will be 4/3/14.

The second change involves the midsummer runs in July. We discussed changing these to free group runs and holding them at various business around Charlotte.  Potential names for the series of group runs could be “CRC Tour de Charlotte”.

All Board Members were present.

Board Agenda:

·         Changes and Approval to Previous Month's Minutes

·         Shirt and Card Distribution - Status - Bill

·         Allen's Road to Boston 5k - Status - Mike/Bill

·         Park and Rec access for Events - Bill

·         All Around Miler Series - Bill

·         CRC Mid Summer Night Miles (1, 2, 3) Series - July

·         CRC March Monthly Challenge Program - Eric

·         TrySports Scavenger Hunts - Bill

·         Mileage Program - Bill/Mike

·         CRC March Madness BB Challenge

·         March Extended Meeting - Group

·         Discussion topics for extended meeting - group

·         Inside out Partner Program & Gift Cards- Bill

·         Treasury Report - Paul

Minutes from the 2/27/14 meeting can be found here.

 

 

Wrapping Up:

Running in Charlotte is really awesome two times per year: Fall and Spring. We are just about to start the spring season so get out the door and enjoy a run on one of the many greenways and trails around Charlotte.

If you don’t know where to run, just email run.charlotte@gmail.com. Let us know where you live and we will point you toward the nearest trail or greenway in your area.

 

Come run with me,

Bill Shires

CRC President

run.charlotte@gmail.com

Friday, February 21, 2014


 
Our next CRC event is supporting Allen’s Road to Boston 5k on 3/1/2014 9 AM at Frank Liske Park in Concord.

Additional Information and online registration is available here.

This will be followed by our “10,000 Daily Run” Group Run from Triple C Brewery on 3/5/14 6:30 PM.

While resting for your run, check out our CRC Spring Gear store. Use the access code "hovis3RH". Our store will be open until 3/17/14.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014




Given the weather conditions will be absolutely terrible over the next 48 hours around Charlotte; we are postponing our Valentine’s Day Group until 2/20/14.

Be safe if you have drive. Be even safer if you try to run in the snow.
 
Bill
Charlotte Running Club President.
 



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