2023 was a year that brought several new ventures for our club. January kicked off with the Celebrating 50 Years Running Festival and the addition of the Brew Crew Saturday morning group run. The first annual Bonnet Springs Park 5k proved to be a winner and helped raise funds to ensure the park is there for all runners and walkers for many years to come.
After Covid-19 disrupted our lives over the past few years, race and training program registrations bounced back with a fury. This year’s Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series was our biggest yet, with 3,793 overall registrations. A revamped 10k Training Group was introduced, with runners having the additional option of training for a half marathon. Our Kids Run Club hosted, on average, 75 youth runners each Tuesday. While on the other side of Lake Hollingsworth, our Tuesday night LRC Training had interval training options for runners of all paces. I am sure every passerby wondered what are all those running people out there doing?
This past year we grew to approximately 800 members. Behind the scenes your club leadership got stronger with our board of directors mapping out a five-year strategy and working to transition to be a more agile, committee driven organization.
Chris Baker, President