Sunday, December 12, 2010

January 2011 Races/Events Club Members Are Attending

With Thunder Road and Kiawah behind us, 2010 is just about done. With only a few races here and there remaining in 2010, it is time to start looking ahead to January!!! I have listed what I know club members are thinking about. Please consider a couple of these and let us know which ones you will probably attend. Since several of them require a short road trip either the day of or the morning of the event, we can help connect you with other runners to carpool. Go Green and save some gas J

1/1 Hangover Run – McAlpine Park– More details to come but a fun way to start the new year with club members. Come run a free timed race and stick around for a few more miles afterwards.

1/8 Frosty 50k Salem Lake Winston Salem - > marathon equals an ultra which scares a lot of folks but let me tell you from personal experience, this race is a blast! It is such a friendly experience and tons of support to get you through 50k. I did a road trip last year with Thomas Eggar, Michelle Hazelton and Matt Jaskot. Nothing like stopping at IHOP after a 31 mile run! Lots of club members already planning to road trip over that morning as this is an easy one to get to the morning of. Frosty 50k (website was down Sun dec 12th but might be back up)

1/8 and 1/9 Disney Marathon Weekend (full, half, 5k) – Mike Beigay is making the trip down again this year along with others. Good luck to all club members who participate.

1/15 Charleston Full and Half Marathon – This year is the first year for the full marathon and 2nd for the half marathon. The race festival organizers have been working hard to make this year even better. Justin Breland, Mike Kahn, Deb Rubinich, Adam Mayes, Richard Hefner are the folks that come to mind making the trip. Charleston is an easy 3-4 hour drive from Charlotte and if you have never visited the city, please do. It is wonderful.

1/22 Hot Chocolate 10k Asheville, NC – Chris Jones has attended this before and recommends it. The CRC board is running this race Saturday morning and then spending the rest of the weekend planning out 2011 and club vision. Come join us at the race as several others are doing. Hurry up as the race caps at 1000 and allegedly is near capacity.

1/22 Charlotte Running Company Trail Race Whitewater center 13, 9, 4 mile options
If you prefer to stay in town and are a fan of or want to give a trail a try, then come on out to this race. CRC has performed pretty well in this event and should do the same this year.
Colleen Cummins and Lat Purser – last year overall winners for 13
Jocelyn Sikora and Keith Mrochek – last year overall winners for 8.2
Kay Allen and Bjorn Erik Norman – trail regulars who I am sure will be present at the events.

1/29 Fellowship of the Idiot Run – 19.7 miles total up and down Morrow State Park mtn. Put on by Vac and Dash out of Albermarle club members Jen and Stan Austin, Bill Shires, and Scott Helms – inductees into the Fellowship of Idiots. 5.30am start. Another easy drive of 1 hour or less from Charlotte. If you are training for a Spring marathon and/or ultra, the folks at Vac and Dash are a blast. This event is very low key as you will see at the link above and best of all free!

1/29 Winter Flight 8k (RRCA State championship put on by the Salisbury Rowan Road Runners). This race draws some of the best running talent in North Carolina. Since it is a 10am race start over in Salisbury, a short 1 hour drive the morning of the event will get you there in plenty of time. A few members who competed last year: Bill Shires, Jason Holder, Caitlin Chrisman, Theoden Janes, Alana Hadley, Allen Strickland, Kevin Ballantine

1/30 USATF National Half Marathon Championships and Full marathon Houston
Caitlin Chrisman in the Half Marathon, Meagan Nedlo – full marathon

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