April 2008 President’s Message

Hi Road Runners,
How about this April weather?  It’s getting warmer now and I really, really, really want to go out for a run.  You’ve got to love getting out there in shorts and a t-shirt.

Now that running season has arrived, we’ve got four events for you to participate in right now.  Come on out run with us.  You’ll help yourself race better this summer and you’ll help the club achieve our goal to increase participation during 2008.

Our first event, track practice, is held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Heritage High School.  Heritage is located at 1401 West Geddes Ave. in Littleton.  You can look on the website for directions and for the workout schedule.

Second, the trophy series continues on with a 5 mile race on Sunday, May 4 at 8am.  We’re running a brand new course in Central Park at Stapleton.  The race starts at the pavilion off Beeler Street.  You should be able to find us by looking for our new advertising banners.  The club purchased three bowflags – free-standing banners that will let everyone know who we are.  Our marketing VP, Kevin Downing, designed and ordered this nifty new addition to our promotional items.

Continuing on with the trophy series, I’m happy to report that our April race was a big success with 129 participants racing in City Park.  The weather was nice, so we had no trouble topping the 49 person turnout for the March blizzard race.  We had 91 members and 38 non-members racing, including the AIR Foundation team.  We also got to sample Joint Juice, a new product demoed for the club.  We’re working on other product demos for the coming months.   Come on out and see what we’ll have at the next race.

Third, the training runs at Wash Park on Tuesday nights and at deKoevend on Saturday mornings are drawing more participants.  Join us for company through 2 laps at Wash Park or on varying distances on the Highline. 

Last, as you plan for a fall marathon, keep RMRR’s Marathon Training Series is the back of your mind. We plan races of 10-20 miles in the July – September timeframe.  Again, the website has more details.

I mentioned above how I’m really, really itching to run.  It’s wishful thinking as I write this because I’m injured at the moment.  I’m staying involved by volunteering at the finish line.  If you’re like me and temporarily out of commission, I invite you to stay in touch with the club by joining a our usual dedicated group of non-running volunteers.  Stephanie Struble is our volunteer coordinator and co-director of the May race.  She has lots of jobs for you, whether you’re able bodied or a bit gimpy.  Email Stephanie at volunteer@rmrr.org to let her know you can help. 

Finally, I continue to be happy with our club’s direction.  With our new banners and new faces, I can feel the energy all of you are bringing to our events.  This energy is helping us gain momentum as we get ready to Celebrate 50.