A Little Competition, a Chance to Challenge Myself

TCTC Summer Track Series on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Bob Sosnik Track, Hanes Park in Winston-Salem, NC. (Photo by Robert Hill)

I love to run. I love to compete. I love to race. I love a bargain. The Twin City Track Club hosts a series of races that checks off all those boxes.  

 The $5 5K Race series is one that I really enjoy participating in. But first, let me back up just a bit. I started running about nine years ago. My soccer days had ended—age and too many injuries—and my wife, Sheri Rudel, brought me to a fun run hosted by Stacie Battjes of Fleet Feet.  

Fun run you say? Well, once it started this “fun” run quickly became a race to me. I didn’t know it at the time, but my running life had just started. Fast forward nine years, and running is now a passion, a therapy, a way to stay healthy, a social outlet, not to mention a way to satisfy my competitive nature.  

TCTC’s $5 5Ks offer a perfect chance for me to measure myself against myself. Being able to run the same course once per month in a “race atmosphere” is the perfect way for me to compare my times against themselves. While I am racing the other runners, I am also racing to beat my time from the month before. Since I am not a runner who desires to run marathons—I may run an occasional half marathon—5Ks and 10Ks are more appealing to me. This series of races really fits my style. 

I plan to run them again in the future and look forward to seeing many familiar faces out at Jamison Park beginning this spring. If anyone is looking for a run, or a race, or just some social exercise, this is a perfect opportunity. Thanks TCTC for hosting this series.