Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CRC Mileage Program plans for 2015

I'm Dave Munger, and I'll be heading up the CRC Mileage Program for 2015. Audrey Ashkin has done a tremendous job handling the mileage program in a way that I couldn't possibly duplicate. My plan is to make it a little more automated. You won't get the personal touch of Audrey emailing you as you finish each month, but hopefully it will be just as rewarding to participate in.

The mileage program is a way for CRC members to set mileage goals for the year, then track them and see how they compare to fellow CRC runners. We will distribute patches to each participant who surpasses 500, 1,000, or 2,000 miles in a year.

As with this year, in 2015 there will be two ways to participate (they'll just be a little different than in the past). If you are on Garmin Connect, all you need to do is join the Charlotte Running Club Group and make sure your privacy settings allow "Connections and Groups" to see your activities. Then as long as you sync your Garmin with Garmin Connect, your miles will be automatically tracked on a Google Doc. Otherwise, you can update your own weekly mileage on the CRC Mileage Program - 2015 Google Doc. Because of the way Garmin tracks miles, we'll do the tracking on a weekly basis rather than a monthly basis. If you're adding your name to the sheet for the first time, please add it on the bottom. It doesn't work to add it to the middle. We'll sort the list periodically so it stays in alphabetical order.

Like Audrey, I will email CRC members monthly reminders to update their information, but I will be asking you to do the updates yourself, either via the Charlotte Running Club Group on Garmin Connect or the CRC Mileage Program - 2015 Google Doc. If you don't have a Garmin device you can still create a Garmin Connect account and manually enter your activities or possibly sync from a non-Garmin device or app. Otherwise just use the Google Doc to update your weekly mileage (weeks end on Sundays).

If you have any questions or suggestions about the 2015 program, post them in the comments below or email me at

I look forward helping everyone meet their mileage goals for 2015!


CRC Breaks World Record for Tether Runners

During the Holiday 5k in Huntersville, NC on 12/13/2014, the Tether Team organized by our Charlotte Running Club broke the world record for most runners completing a 5k while tethered. The previous record stood at 116 runners. CRC broke with this record by fielding a team of 178 (number to be confirmed) runners via results provided by Start 2 Finish.

Over the next the week all of the materials required for proof of accomplishment will be assembled and then sent off to Guinness World Records for final approval.

Congratulation to CRC and all tether team members for making this happen and bringing a Guinness World Record to Charlotte, NC.

Bill Shires

Tether Team Captain

Friday, December 12, 2014

CRC Mileage Program - November 2014

We are at the home stretch for 2014.  Stay focused and keep strong through the finish and you will be ready for an amazing 2015!  You know you can do it!  Click here to see a complete listing of participants that submitted their miles for November.  Milestone achievers are in order of total miles run in 2014.  Congratulations to all of you!
"Run like the wind, Bullseye!"- Woody from Toy Story 2
Joe Schlereth
Bill Shires
Megan Hovis
Caitlin Bullock
Walt Guyer
Graham Shorr
Caleb Boyd
Brad Farmer
Paul Mainwaring
Dave Munger
Mark McGeough
Mike Mitchell
Paul Newnham
Mark Ulrich
Rob Ducsay
Billy Shue
Steve Staley

Tom Torkildsen
Danielle Crockford
Allen Strickland
Daniel Matena
Jimmy Moore
Chad Crockford
Carolyn Yang
Stan Austin
Dianne Allen
Ben Hovis
Gary Rautenstrauch
Laura Gray
Mike Moran
Dennis Livesay
Dean Otto
Michelle Seymour
Hunter Fleshood
Wendy Norvell
Keith Reynolds
John Compton
Flavia Asar
Butch Holt
Chad Champion
Mike Slaney
Valerie Matena
Taiza Rivera
Paul Reinfeld
Bob Nelson
William Weimer
Anne Marie Church
Michael Miller
Joey Church
Allie Brown
Keli Fayard
Dave Edwards

Matt Miller
Dan Keller
Jeff Linson
Audrey Ashkin
Lana Torkildsen
Kathy Earle
Chris Davis
David Potter
Ralph Shore
David Huss
Mark Cullen
Melinda Law
Jeannette Pantani
Holly Hassen
Dave Knavel
Jason Benoit
Paula VanTassell
Robert Gannett
Steve Tant
Gurmit Arora

You can join anytime during the year by emailing your monthly miles to  If you have any questions or mileage corrections to report please send an email to

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Letter from the CRC President

This will be my last Charlotte Running Club Letter from the President.

While most of us hate change, change is really a good thing because we are forced to think on a new level. From different people spring forth new and better ideas. After 2 years of being our club’s President, the time is right for me to step aside from the Presidency and give someone else the opportunity to lead our club.

As I looking back now, I have learned a lot about running our club and working with our members. We have experienced plenty of successes – our membership is up and we put on some great events, group runs, and socials. We have given our members more opportunities to meet and share than at any time in our past.

This is not to say that everything has been peaches and cream. More than a few times I have made mistakes and sometimes I have just plain screwed up.

I often find that there are similarities between being our club’s President and being a ship’s Captain. Successful voyages should be attributed to having a strong crew.  Our club couldn’t have put on the activities and events that it has without the great support from our existing board members. They efforts have made this club the success that it is. But when trouble waters are found and things don’t go as expected, the “buck” stops with the Captain or in this case me. I have always accepted the blame in these cases. I was the one in charge so I needed to answer for it. That’s just who I am.

Honesty, integrity, and trust should NEVER be given. They should be earned. I hope during my tenure as President each member felt that I was honest, showed them integrity when dealing with their issues, and worked hard to earn their trust.

Now, this is enough about me. Let’s get on with the good stuff.

Over the next two weeks, we have a bunch of activities planned. Please check out the upcoming events section below. Make a point to attend at least one activity or event. Better yet, attend them all.

Questions on any of these should be sent to


Upcoming CRC Activities and Events:

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

·         12/1/14-12/6/14 Voting for the CRC board

·         12/6/14 CRC Guinness WR Tether Team practice run Jason Deli Huntersville  9 AM

·         12/6/14 CRC Annual Meeting 2-4 TrySports South Park

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

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

·         12/14/14 CRC/SLR Ugly Sweater Run McMullen Greenway 7:30 AM

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

CRC Guinness WR Tether Team

With a 161 members as of mid November, we are well over main goal of 116 runners. We will have one more practice run on 12/6/14 from Jason’s Deli in Huntersville at 9 AM. This run will cover roughly 90% of the 5k course.

I will send out the athlete info sheet the first week of December so start looking for it in your inboxes. Additionally, I will be posting a copy of it our FaceBook page.

Note ** We ordered 150 tether team shirts. Those registering by 11/8/14 will get their shirts. For those registering after 11/8/14, the shirts will be distributed by the registration date and time. There is no guarantee of shirt sizes. All runners will still receive their Holiday 5k race shirt.   

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

CRC/Thunder Road Expo, Cheer Zone, Pacing:

I would like to personally thank everyone that came by our expo both on Friday and/or helped us with the either pacing or at the cheer zone on Saturday.

Eric and I spent the entire day of the expo talking about running, the Thunder Road marathon, and most importantly the Charlotte Running Club.

Being a partner with the Thunder Road Marathon was an awesome step in helping the entire Charlotte running community to know that our club is here to stay.

We are already talking about coming back next year in a very similar role – just bigger and better!

Board Position Elections:

Elections for our ’15 board will open tomorrow and will run through noon on Saturday. Anyone not voting by then will have one last opportunity by voting just prior to the start of our board meeting.
Electronic voting will close at noon on Saturday 12/6/2014.
As in the past, we will use electronic voting. Each of you will be sent an email with a link that opens to a Google form where you can cast your vote.

Note, you will be asked to enter your CRC member id. This will be included in the same email that contains the link for voting.

Get to know the candidates by reading their bios (Bios are only available for the candidates that returned. Also bios were posted as the candidates returned them).

Electronic Voting

In past years, we have used Survey Monkey for our voting. This year, we switched to using Google Forms. Survey Monkey cost the club $200 a year yet, we only used for our voting and maybe one other survey per year. The cost justification just wasn’t there for us to continue with it. Google Forms Survey tool is free. The functionality isn’t quite as nice which is why we are asking our members to enter their member ids when voting. This will ensure only vote per member is counted. In the case of a member voting multiple times, only the last vote will count.

CRC Expenses,

One of the most common questions that I am asked pertains to where each member’s renewal fee goes. Well, a big chunk of it goes for just a few items:  RRCA Membership, USAT&F Membership, Membership Cards, Member Magnets, PO Box, socials, events, etc.

Let’s take one of these for an example.

Our RRCA membership runs about $2000+ dollars for nearly 400 club members. These are yearly expenses.

Why do we need our RRCA membership for example? Well, we need it for the insurance. This insurance covers in case of an issue during group runs, track meets, socials, and any club gathering. More so, we need it because without it, we could not do event like our Winter Classic 8k or our Charlotte Health & Fitness Run. The city of Charlotte requires us to have it.

Please be assured that as board members we all pay very close attention to how our club spends your money.

Board Position Open:

 This month Paul Mainwaring resigned from our board. Over the last 11 months, Paul has been a terrific board member and Treasurer. He will be missed. I wish him only the best.

What does this mean? We have an open board position which will have 1 year of the 2 year term to complete.  With club elections upon I have decided to leave this position to be filled by the ’15 board. Additionally, once the new board is selected, a new treasurer will be selected. In the meantime, I will double up by filling the treasury role.  

 Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo 4 Miler and Relay:

Mike has been working overtime to make sure Greater Charlotte Health & Fitness Expo 4 miler gets off to a great start. You can help him out a bunch by registering early

If you are interested in helping with this race, please email 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:

Audrey will be finishing up her duties this month, and Dave will take the reins with ’15. I am looking forward to seeing the changes that he will be bring to our mileage program.

As with ’13, we will continue to have mileage patches available. You can pick up your patch at the 4 miler in January. 

Mileage program emails can be sent to

Member Status:

As of 11/28/2014, our membership count stands at 370 members strong. Now, if I could just remember everyone’s name. I am working on it.

Board Meeting Update:

Our November meeting was a week early due to the last Thursday of the month falling on Thanksgiving.

Topics covered during our meeting were as following:

·         Password – I emphasized that our club’s password should be not shared through any electronic medium. If any board member needs the password, they can call me.

·         Elections – I updated the board on the nomination and planning for the board electrions

·         Croft Brewery Run – We talked about the many brewery runs coming on the Charlotte running scene and how CRC would want to be involved. 

·         Advertising/Sponsorship – Eric updated the board for the ongoing activities like the ACC Bowl, Belk Bowl, and Super Bowl ventures. He also updated us on how he was changing how we deal with sponsors and potential sponsors of our club.

·          Committee Staffing  - with our move to more of a committee structure, we discussed ideas for getting more members involved with the committees.

·         4 Miler – Mike gave us an update on the 4 miler progress.

·         Magnets – we approved the buying magnets for members renewing for ’15. 

Wrapping Up:

The holiday season is here. Spend some time with family and friends. Take in a holiday themed race or two. Really get into the season and enjoy it.

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

Best in Running,

Bill Shires

CRC President

Friday, November 28, 2014

'15 CRC Board Candidates

The candidate nomination period ends 12/28/2014 at midnight. Candidates have until 11/30/2014 (My apologies. This previously listed 12/30/14. The date should have been 11/30/14) to respond with their acceptance of their nomination. 

Board voting starts 12/1/2014 and runs through noon on 12/6/2014. Voting in person at our annual meeting is possible until 2pm. 

The top 4 candidates will fill the 4 open board positions which is a 2 year team. 

Current candidates accepting their nomination are: 

  • Gurmit Arora  
  • Flavia Asar 
  • Eric Bilbrey  
  • Richard Lyman 
  • Cora Player 
  • Michelle Seymour  
  • Melinda Law Westmoreland 
  • Bill Shires 

Current candidates responding with their running profiles are: 

Gurmit Arora

Software engineer by profession, Photographer by hobby. I also have interest in sketching and painting. My friends think of me as a problem solver, i am always curious to learn new things. 

I realized my interest for running after my first 6k dream run back in my hometown(Bombay). I enjoy running and helps me connect with myself and also with other. The best part about running is i learn something new each time i go for a run. I like to run in groups and you will find me running at most of the local area group runs. Every time i run, i race with myself to make sure i have a better time and form.

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to add value to one of the best running clubs in the area.

Flavia Asar

I’m married, no kids, and was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. My parents are from Sicily, so my first language is Sicilian. I have a huge love for cooking, and eating...especially pizza and pasta! From a very young age I had a passion for running. Since elementary school, I can remember always pushing myself to try and beat the boys in my class. In High School I ran the 400m, 800m, 4x400m and 4x800m on a women’s team that took lead in our conference and became 3A regional champions. I was also MVP of our Cross Country team back in 99'. After High School, I took a long break from competitive running and became a certified personal trainer. I wanted to help others reach their fitness goals. I worked my way up the ranks of a national gym chain, where I was transferred to NYC to manage the PT in 8 locations. After a few years of being away from family and friends, I moved back to Charlotte and decided to pursue a higher education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This is when I began to run again. Not for my school, but for myself. I started out with a 5K every couple months, only running about 10-15 miles a week to get back in the groove. Now I’ve worked my way up to Full Marathons and am running over 50 miles per week! I completed my first Full Marathon at Thunder Road on November 15th, 2014, and got my 2016 Boston Qualifier! Additionally, I’ve participated in the RFYL GPX and Signature series the past 3 years, and have started my own Monday Night Brewery Run. I have made so many friends on my journey to get where I am now, and it has made me a true advocate for running clubs, group runs, and other running social events. I would love the opportunity to be a member of the board for 2015 to take my passion for the running community to the next level.

Eric Bilbrey
I am married (to a former CRC board member) with a 3 month old baby. I began running in high school, ran through college, and after a few years off, started running again when I moved to Charlotte and joined CRC about 5 years ago. Through this sport, I have found not only fitness and a competitive outlet, but also my wife, the vast majority of my friends, and an enduring community of brothers and sisters in running. Needless to say, I'm not sure where I would be without all the miles.

My entire professional career has been dedicated to helping organizations be more effective by defining and articulating a shared vision for the organization and then putting the mechanisms in place to achieve that vision. In Nashville, TN, I helped to found a nonprofit to support local entrepreneurship and then worked with several start-ups from launch through capital-raising. In my current job at Bank of America, I am working to help the company define our employee value proposition and put the tools and programs in place to deliver.

I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve CRC and the broader Charlotte Running Community! This past year, I served as an at-large board member, and I was selected by the board to serve out the remainder of the year as the club's vice president. While I am proud of the work that we accomplished this past year, I look forward to all that we can continue to do to grow our club and build a stronger running community in Charlotte.

Cora Player

I am married with two girls, ages 7 and 9.  My husband, Chuck, is also a runner.  About 5 years ago, we both decided we wanted to live forever so we started running and eating less cake.  My first race was the Marine Corp Mud Run and that's where I met the best running buddy ever.  Not many Saturdays pass where you won't see us running McMullen Creek Greenway.  By day, I am a Corporate Recruiter for a technology company HQ'd here in Charlotte.  (It pays the running shoe bills.)  

Michelle Seymour

My first race was the Charlotte Komen 5K in 1999.  I had never run before, and couldn't run a mile without stopping.  I was never fit growing up, but being diagnosed with thyroid disease in my early 20s made getting healthy and losing weight a priority.  I've been running consistently ever since, and do it for the love of fitness and being active.  So often there is a focus on finish times and being competitive, but that has never been my style.  I'm not a born runner - but I've got more discipline than most to get out there despite life's obstacles.  Right now I'm making my way through a "40 in 40" project - during my 40th year I will participate or volunteer in 40 athletic events, and then make a quilt from the 40 t-shirts to remind me what I was capable of when I was 40.  The South Park turkey trot 8K will be #17!  I'm training for the Austin marathon, and am grateful to have the best running partner ever.  Being a local yoga teacher helps me stay strong, and I'm a devoted 24 hours of booty participant.  I'd like to see more club events where fast and not-as-fast runners run and socialize more together.

Melinda Law Westmoreland

Melinda Law Westmoreland has served on the CRC as a member and secretary for one year. I have been running since the 90's, after college, around the time I started a career as a news reporter. I switched gears 10 years ago and now work at Johnson & Wales University as the communications & media relations director. I run to stay in shape and keep my sanity. My 10 year old ran her first 5k in 2014 and my 12 year old ran her third 5k in 2014 too. My husband is our greatest cheerleader! I am looking forward to another year with CRC!

Bill Shires

I have been running for the last 30 years and have run every day for the last 28 years in a row. Running been something that I truly enjoy and gives me a way to decompress after a long day of work or to energize me heading into the day. 

For the last 3 years, I have been a member of our Charlotte Running Club board. The first year, I served as a back up to the Secretary. The last two years, I have served as the Charlotte Running Club.Each of these years, I have given my best effort for our club, and I hope to continue my work into the future. 

Rich Lyman

Richard “Rich” Lyman has been running for 42 years. He is a CPA and has lived in Charlotte since 1985 and runs in as many charity races as possible while occasionally embarrassing himself in local track meets.   A morning runner, he can typically be found with his faithful dog, Black Jack, pounding the asphalt in southeast Charlotte.   Rich was also a volunteer character coach for Reggie McAfee’s Cross Country for Youth program in CMS middle schools.

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

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
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