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       March is upon us, and things are really starting to get busy. Already this morning, we had the UMW Missions 5K at City Park amid the snowflakes, and that race will be followed by 5 more during the month.  Then, much the same follows in April and May.

      The rest of March brings us the very popular Salisbury Fire Department St. Patrick’s Day 5K on March 9th at the Hurley YMCA. SRR’s Board Secretary Terry Smith is race director. Then the following Saturday, March 16th, the first Rowan Cabarrus Community College Tour de Campus 5K takes place on a new trail course if construction can be completed in time. Otherwise, it will be run on a loop course around the campus.  Sunday March 17th is the Shamrock Shuffle on the Greenway course benefitting Overton Elementary.  Laura Clark is the race director. Saturday March 23rd is the 2nd Annual Millbridge Elementary 5K on the rural course near the school on Millbridge Road. Claire Watts is the race director.

      In addition, we have four Beginning Runners Classes starting. It is the first time that we have had four at once, but the popularity continues to be huge. Classes will be offered at Rowan Regional Medical Center on Tuesday nights starting March 19th, and Thursday nights at the Parks and Rec City Park building on March 21st.  Classes are also offered at RCCC on the Research Campus in Kannapolis. Monday nights at 5:45 PM and Thursdays at noon are both available, with the classes kicking off March 18th and 21st. Information on all these is available on the SRR website at  Each series of classes runs for 8 weeks.

       On the radar for April are plenty more races. April 6th is the Warrior’s Way 5K, headed by Ester and Kevin Marsh, at Salisbury Community Park. April 13th is the Thorlo Classic 5K in Statesville . Sunday April 14th brings the Carson Prowl 5K at Carson High School. April 20th is the huge and always popular Marti Estes 5K in Mooresville. This race raises more than $20,000 a year for charity every year in honor of a young mother who died while on a training run.  April 21st is the Run for Cowden 5K at Sloan Park.  Proceeds will now go to benefit a young girl named Kenzey Smith with leukemia. Brittany Chester is the race director.

       SRR will time and provide results for all of the above events. All of them are listed on the homepage of the club website and will have contact information in the newsletter.

      With all of that information out of the way, the club will also offer an outing in the late spring. Details will be posted in the next newsletter.

      Now it is time for an opinion, one that has much to do with the continued success of our sport. For much of the last ten years, quality runners in the younger age groups have been decreasing.  There are probably lots of reasons, but it is important that we encourage young runners at every opportunity. Today’s race at City Park included a much higher percentage of young runners. The day was chilly and the course included a moderate hill 3 times. Still the kids came out and raced hard and smiled a whole lot. It has been common that the teen and young 20 age groups often don’t have enough to fill out the awards, especially those for females.  Kevin and Ester Marsh are doing a great job coaching the kids in track and cross country, and April Marshall told me yesterday that she is making great strides coaching the Parks and Rec Girls on the Run. No doubt, it all starts with the youngsters. Do what you can to encourage them when you see them running and especially at races.  We need these kids to carry on this great sport!

      Eventually, spring weather is coming! Let’s enjoy it on the roads and everywhere else!

  See you on the roads.

                                                 David Freeze













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