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

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