|Salisbury Rowan Runners|
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Salisbury, North Carolina
● Salisbury Rowan runners, first organized in March 1980, was originally known as the Greater Salisbury Track Club.
● Chuck Cooper served as the club's first president, with Larry Pinkston as vice president, Anne Baugh, secretary and Sue Pinkston, treasurer.
● GSTC had fifty
members its first year. Its goal was to promote running in North Carolina
and to offer racing, educational and social opportunities.
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· The club hosted its first road race two months after it was organized--the Mayfest Run, a 10K, held on May 3, 1980. There were 96 entrants in the 10K and 29 in the one-mile fun run.
· In 1981, the club directed a race called the Miller Lite Winter Flite which included a 5K, 10K, and one-mile fun run. Over 320 runners participated. Chuck Cooper was race director.
· Other races on the club’s agenda for 1981 were the Mayfest Run (10K, 5K & 1-mile), the Hunger Run (10K & 1-mile), and the Carolina Ten Miler (10 mile & 1-mile).
· Club history is sketchy as to why there was no Winter Flite in ‘82 or ‘83.
· The Winter Flight Road Race was reborn on January 29, 1984, and consisted of 5 and 10-mile races, along with a 1-mile fun run. It was the largest and most successful running event ever held in the Salisbury-Rowan community. It started and ended at the Historic Wall Mural at Wachovia Bank on South Main Street. There were 758 participants in the three races including a bus load of distance runners from NC State University. Entry fees were $7 for the two longer races and $5 for the fun run. Long sleeve T-shirts went to all runners. The event was preceded by a spaghetti dinner and running clinic the night before with Dr. Angus McBride, Charlotte orthopedic surgeon, as guest speaker. Larry Pinkston was race director. Proceeds from the event went to the North Carolina Association for the Blind. A tour of historic Salisbury was part of the weekend events.
· Chuck Cooper of GSTC was race director for the Ken Mattox Memorial Mayfest Run held on May 5, 1984. The race was a memorial to GSTC club member Ken Mattox. There were 307 entrants.
· Dr. George Sheehan, physician, athlete, author and nationally known speaker on exercise and fitness, was guest speaker and race participant at both the second and third annual Winter Flights.
· Winter Flight became the first race in the Tar Heel Tour in 1986 and was moved to Catawba College.
· The Greater Salisbury Track Club changed its name to Salisbury Rowan Runners in the latter part of 1986.
· Winter Flight became the Coors Winter Flight 8K (dropping the 10K) in 1987. The 8K course was certified by TAC and sanctioned by RRCA for the first time. The 1987 event had 1065 entries. Bob Zirt was race director. Prize money was given to the top first, second, and third finishers, male and female ($250, $100, $50). The race was dedicated to the memory of Harold Sifford, a long time SRR club member.
· Current course records were set in 1988 by Hans Koeleman of The Netherlands (male - 23:34.9) and in 1992 by Joan Nesbitt (female - 26:48).
· The 1989 Winter Flight, scheduled for January 29th had to be postponed to March 19 due to the red measles quarantine in Rowan County. Race officials were pleased that 573 of the 970 pre-registered runners showed up for the Winter-turned-Spring Flight.
· Jim Young of Young and Associates, Raleigh, began managing Winter Flight finish lines/results in 1990 and has been a vital part of all Winter Flights since.
· The 1990 Coors Winter Flight was dedicated to the memory of long-time SRR club member, Don Henderson.
· Winter Flight ‘91 had a record total of 1142 registrants. Temperature was in the high 60’s on race day—February 3rd.
· Winter Flight ‘95 was probably the coldest Winter Flight ever. Race day was windy with temperatures in the low 40’s. There were 783 total entries but only 585 actually showed up to run due to the cold.
· The Winter Flight road race had to be postponed for a second time in 1996 due to heavy snowfall.
· SRR celebrated the Olympic Torch Run with a torch (or flashlight) run of their own, The Night Light Flight 5K run/walk held on Sunday, June 23, 1996, 8 PM at China Grove Middle School. Race director was Dick Franklin.
· Spring-like weather greeted a crowd of over 800 runners/walkers at Winter Flight ‘97.
· Pete Gibson of Murfreesboro, NC was overall winner of Winter Flight ‘98 with a time of 26:54. Sabrina Martin, coming back after having her first baby six months earlier, captured her second Winter Flight title.
· SRR added two new races to its annual agenda: Telespectrum 5K (1998) & Run for Your Lungs 5K (1999). Both races started and finished on the Catawba College track.
· $2100 in prize money drew 620 entrants to Winter Flight ‘99.
· Entries were down to 429 in Winter Flight 2000 although temperatures were in the high 50’s on race day. The spring-like race day followed several weeks of snow and ice. Stewart Ellington’s winning time of 24:31 and Kim Certain’s winning time of 28:44 were the fastest times since 1993 (male) and 1996 (female).
· The 2nd Annual Run for Your Lungs 5K was run on April 8th, 2000 and brought in 121 runners and walkers despite a threat of rain. The course, which the previous year circled the Catawba soccer field, took participants across Statesville Blvd into and around the Salisbury VA grounds. New club member, Robert Miller, won the race with a time of 16:41. Proceeds went to the American Lung Association of North Carolina.
· SRR went "on-line" with its first web site in May, 2000. URL address - www.geocities.com/salisburyrowanrunners. Long time club member Judy Zirt was webmaster.
· Two new series - Member of the Year Series and 1000 Mile Club - were started in June 2000 and added over $200 to club funds in the first two months.
· The 3rd Annual Telespectrum 5K was moved from Catawba College to Knox Middle School in July 2000 to allow participants to run / walk a completed portion of the Salisbury Greenway. This was the second year that proceeds from the race went toward the Greenway Project. The event brought out a total of 182 runners and walkers. Steve Clark from Salisbury Parks and Recreation (and SRR member) was race director. SRR club member Robert Miller easily won the race with a time of 15:39. The female overall winner was Jennifer Halsch of McLeansville, NC (18:25).
· 33 new members joined Salisbury Rowan Runners in a four-month period (May - August 2000) bringing the membership to 105 as of August 31st, 2000. Judy Terrell of Lexington received a $25 gift certificate to The Athlete's Foot for being the 100th member.
· Winter Flight 2001 Sponsorship drive got underway in August 2000 with a promise of 10% to any member securing sponsorship money for Winter Flight 2001.
· In September, 2001, Club member Brent Orr secured The National Guard as new title sponsor for Winter Flight 2001.
· SRR adopted a new club logo in September 2000.
· The first Winter Flight 2001 website went on-line in November, 2000. The first ever, on-line registrant for Winter Flight 2001 was received on December 4th, 2001. A special pre-registration and packet pick-up was held on Saturday, February 3rd, at the Salisbury-Rowan YMCA. Turn-out was sparse due to lack of advertisement, but club members felt it to be worthwhile.
· As usual, spring-like weather greeted the 500-plus participates in the 18th Annual Winter Flight 8K 2001, held on Sunday, February 4, 2001, at Catawba College. The title sponsor, The North Carolina Army National Guard, provided manpower in all areas of the race day activities. Black hawk helicopters flew overhead and then landed in the stadium where they remained on display throughout the day. Scott Dvorack, of Charlotte, and a sponsor of Winter Flight 2001, won the race with a time of 25:29. In addition to sponsoring and winning Winter Flight 2001, Scott also designed the snowman logo on the Winter Flight sweatshirt as well as the new Salisbury Rowan Runners Logo.
· Winter Flight 2001 was dedicated to the memory of long-time runner and friend of Salisbury Rowan Runners, Barry Hatley, who died on November 27, 2000, at the age of 50. The family was presented with a plaque during the awards presentation on race day.
· SRR established a supervised walking program in June, 2001, through a partnership of SRR and the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department. Led by SRR club member Bob Zirt, the group of 5-10 walkers, sometimes as many as 12-14, met at the Salisbury Greenway on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Club member Nancy Brandt was featured in an article about the supervised walks in the Salisbury Post.
· The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, had an impact on sponsorship monies for Winter Flight 2002. The uncertainties of the economy and talk of a recession kept several long-time Winter Flight sponsors from participating as a financial sponsor of WF 2002. Even the bulk of the monies committed by WF 2002's title sponsor, the NC Army National Guard, had to be cut in order to help provide the resources to combat the new war on terrorism.
· A new course had to be certified for Winter Flight 2002 due to renovations of Shuford Stadium at Catawba College. The new course started and ended in front of the gym entrance.
· A helicopter circling the race day site and holding club president David Freeze and club member Nancy Brandt started the day's events for a very patriotic Winter Flight 2002. In addition, "perfect running weather" greeted the total of 473 participants from five different states who turned out to run the new 8K course. 42 ran in the one-mile fun run. American flags lined the finish line. As in the previous year, NC Army National Guardsmen were highly visible, providing much of the manpower for registration, traffic control and finish line. Static displays of military equipment delighted old and young alike. The American Red Cross supplied water, fruit and snacks. Greensboro's Brian St. Onge, 25, was overall winner of the 8K with a time of 24:16, the closest time ever, short of breaking the race record. Durham's Missy Foy, 37, was first overall female with a time of 29:38. The top Rowan County (and SRR) finishers were Robert Miller, 29, finishing 3rd overall (26:45) and Trudy Gale, 43, second masters (35:21). Prizes were also awarded to the top 3 finishers (under age 12) in the fun run. Club member, Adam Pannabecker, age 11, placed second with a time of 6:35. The event brought in over $3000 with donations going to the New York City Trade Center Relief Fund, Rowan Special Olympics, the American Red Cross and the Rowan Amateur Radio Society.
· Member of the Year Series was dissolved in February, 2002 due to lack of interest/support.
· The North Carolina Lung Association made a decision not to continue with the annual 5K Lung Run. Also, the 'going out of business" of Telespectrum, the major sponsor of the Run for the Greenway, also left the future of the Greenway run (usually held in July) in question.
· New officers for 2002-2003 - President: David Freeze: Vice President: Trudy Gale; Treasurer: Dan Roseman; Secretary: Judy Terrell; Membership Chair: Judy Zirt; Telephone Chair: Nancy Brandt; Board Members: Bob Zirt, Steve Clark, Molly Connor, Lewis Terrell, Rick Johnson, & Mark Alexander. Publicity Chair: Open.
· The 1st Annual Bare Bones
Memorial Weekend 5K replaced the Run for
Your Lungs 5K in May of 2002. The "bare bones" event was done without any
major sponsors and used left-over trophies. Seventy-seven runners and
walkers participated in the 5K which started on Summit Ave at Catawba
College, ran through the neighborhoods around Catawba, across Statesville
Blvd, in and around the VA Medical Center grounds and back, finishing at the
same place on Summit. Salisbury's Robert Miller was the male overall
finisher with a time of 16:41, and Jennifer Vandiver of McLeansville lead
the women with a time of 19:43.
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