Snowing?  You've Got To Be Kidding!
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Snowing? You've Got To Be Kidding!

President's Message

We saw a lot of snow in February and it looks like March is starting with more.  This message is being sent in the midst of one more in a long line of winter storms, many of which have interrupted our normal training and racing schedules.  I, for one, experienced three days without power in February, resulting in three lost days of training (and some cold nights).   

Fortunately, the month started with good enough weather for the Super Bowl Trail Race, which marked my first foray into trail running.  The course at Cromwell Valley Park was challenging, with ice and
snow, single-track trails up and down the hills, and a few icy stream crossings.  I slipped and skidded, fell once, got lost and ran 8.5 miles in an 8 mile race - and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.  If you are a regular road runner, I encourage you to give trail running a try.  It is a new way to test your endurance and enjoy the beauty of the landscape around us.  Thanks to Bart Rein and Darryn Waugh for putting on a good show, especially with Bart's barbeque afterwards.  And thanks to the trail racers who supported BRRC by running this race.  Results can be found here.

February also brought the
RRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge in Columbia.  BRRC was led by member Mark Manz, who placed 39th overall (of almost 750 finishers) with a time of 1:00:46.  Congratulations to Mark and all the BRRC members who represented the Club at this annual race.  Full Club Challenge results can be found on the Howard County Striders site here.

Also in February, the Board approved a new training program called Couch to 5K, which was proposed and will be managed by Ginnie Welsh.  The program is oriented towards a variety of runners and walkers who want to get to the 5K race distance.  More can be learned here.  The program starts this week, and represents our second active training program, alongside the Middle Distance Training Group.  Thanks to Ginnie for taking the lead on this program.  Look next month for another new program coming.

In advance of the coming of Spring comes BRRC's nomination period for our annual Performance Awards, which will be presented at our BRRC Family Picnic in June.  Multiple awards are available to deserving member runners.  You can learn more here.  Board Delegate Christian Creutzer, himself a winner last year, has volunteered to oversee the awards evaluation process this year.  If you know a runner whose performance has been exceptional over the past year or, if your own has been noteworthy, contact Christian with your nomination.

Remember that we are also accepting applications for the 2014 Charlie Reynolds Memorial Scholarships.  Go here for full information.  If you know of a deserving young runner, please send them to the website for the information. 

I am very excited that our website was named
2013 RRCA Outstanding Website Award Recipient, as noted in our recent Monthly Update.  This national award is a nice tribute to the Club and to the volunteers who have made our website successful.  The award will be presented at a banquet during the RRCA annual meeting in Spokane, Washington in early May. 

The third race of the Grand Prix Series, the White Hall 15K, is scheduled for next Sunday, March 9.  Conditions on the NCR Trail are such that we may need to postpone the race.  If so, a notice will be sent via email this week and posted on the website.  If you are planning to run that race, please check the site later this week.

As always, if you have a suggestion for the club or an observation about club activities, please let me know.  And, a special "Thank You" to our many dedicated volunteers.

Thank you for being a part of  BRRC.  I look forward to seeing you at the races!

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