President’s Message – January/February 2023

2018 Beat the Heat. Photo by Robert Hill

Happy New Year!

If you subscribe to Eddie Wooten’s Running Shorts newsletter, then you’ve already read some of this. I am sharing it here because some of it deserves repeating. This is a 2022 reflection and a look forward to 2023 from a TCTC perspective.

While 2022 produced many great running memories, the highlight was a continued rebound in race participants. Twin City Track Club saw a 57% increase in finishers for hosted races in 2022 over 2021 and just 20% short of 2019 numbers. We are optimistic that this trend will continue into 2023.

We experienced tremendous growth in TCTC membership with over 700 current members. And we’ve been generous with our time and resources. We raised over $8000 to local charities and filled over 300 volunteer opportunities! That is so awesome!

2023 will be a success if we continue to see an increase in people running and supporting runners. This includes race participation numbers, volunteerism and people that simply run on a routine basis.

As runners, we are lucky to live in this area. Runners tend to be very supportive of each other and Triad runners are no exception. The camaraderie of local runners is awesome. We see examples of this camaraderie expressed at the individual level over and over again through personal experience and stories shared through media (especially Running!) We also benefit from the camaraderie between numerous organizations including running clubs, running stores, race timing organizations, local government and many more. It is worth mentioning that both Winston-Salem and Greensboro have been designated by Road Runners Club of America as Runner Friendly Communities in the past couple of years. This recognition is a fitting tribute to the supporters of local runners.

Happy New Year and Happy Running!