Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Let Me Run 5k Event

Last Saturday morning, I got a chance to do a little volunteering. The guys at Let Me Run held their fall event, and our Charlotte Running Club was providing volunteers.

With music blaring and the electrify excitement in the air, nearly 1600 middle school boys got their chance to show off all of their hard work from the last couple of months.

Let Me Run has grown from a grass roots organization into something very special.  It is all due to the people like Paul M who take on those leadership roles and make things happen.  Based on Saturday’s results, I’d say our next generation of runners is in great hands.

Good work “Let Me Run”.


The Cool Down Runner


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Charlotte Marathon – Race Day

 Saturday morning, I met up with our pacers that could not make the expo on Friday. What an amazing sight? All of those bright smiling faces, wearing those hot pink pacer shirts ready to help others meet their race goals. Having paced that last 2 years, I now know how they feel. In fact, I learned that several of our pacers have paced every Thunder Road/Charlotte Marathon. That’s 12 marathons. Quite an achievement if I do say so myself.

In fact, all of our pacers deserve a huge pat on the back. May be it has something to do with the passing of time and the gaining of wisdom, but I find giving back to be just as rewarding as running and meeting my own goals. In some ways, I found it more rewarding.

Yeah, when I run well, I feel good about it. However, when I help someone else achieve their goal or get their BQ time, the feeling seems to resonate so much better.  Until you experience it yourself, it is difficult to explain. If you have never offered to pace, let the guys at run.charlotte@gmail.com know. Next fall, they will be looking for Charlotte Marathon pacers again. Actually, there is a possibility our club will be helping organize pacers for the Corporate Cup ½ Marathon in Half Marathon in the spring of ’17. This gives our members even more opportunities to get involved with Charlotte Running Club events. Awesome! Dont you think so.


Living the Dream,

The Cool Down Runner



Charlotte Marathon – Expo Day


One of my favorite volunteer efforts to do for the Charlotte Running Club is to work the Charlotte Marathon Expo. Every runner that wonders by our booth wants to talk running. I mean – what could be better?

Friday started with me rolling in to Hall C of the convention center around 8:30 AM. After a few minutes of searching, I found our booth and quickly went to work setting things up.

Ryan came by around 9 AM and helped me finish things up. Then, all there was to do was hangout, pass out our pacer shirts, and talk running for the next 12 hours. John hung out with me so did Jason. Gurmit came over to drop off our pace bands.

By the way, the pace bands were a great idea and a huge hit, guys. Runners loved them.

After 6, I was solo but hey, maybe that’s the best part because I didn’t have to share the attention with anyone. LOL.

As the clock began to approach 9 PM, I took my raspy voice and loaded up our stuff to head home. Race morning came early for me. I had to be back at the BB&T Stadium to meet up with our pacers by 6:30 AM.
Big thanks to DC and Tim for allowing our Charlotte Running Club to have part in making our town's Charlotte Marathon a huge success. You guys rock.


Living the Dream


The Cool Down Runner