|Salisbury Rowan Runners|
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Salisbury, North Carolina
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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 www.salisburyrowanrunners.org
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
Eventually, spring weather is coming! Let’s enjoy it on the roads and
See you on the roads.
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