President’s Message – September/October 2022

2018 Beat the Heat. Photo by Robert Hill

Hurray for fall running!

We had a sneak peak at fall weather a couple of weeks ago.  Lower temps and lower humidity made for a few nice days of less sweaty running. It sure did feel good!

While we live in an area where we can easily run 12 months out of the year, the weather changes we experience in the fall bring a whole new level of excitement to our running ventures. Many of you have fall marathons you are training to run—Chicago, Richmond, Emerald Isle, Charlotte, Cannonball, City of Oaks and many more. I can’t wait to see your results! There are some great, long-standing Winston-Salem races coming up—Salem Lake Trail Run 30K, 7 Miler and 5K, the Ardmore RAH! 10K and 5K, the Flat and Fast Rural Hall 5K/10K just to mention a few. And we’re only three months away from our city’s biggest race—the Mistletoe Half Marathon and 5K. For those who like racing, the next few months are as good as it gets.

Having said that, let’s take a moment to reflect on our summer running accomplishments. While not always pleasant, many of you put in the work to continue building your running stamina or to help others do so. Twin City Track Club’s summer races were very successful. Ultimate Runner returned to a sold-out status in June and was further aided by some rather pleasant weather. By the way, in case you didn’t know it, Race Director Sandy Wetherhold is near the top of Road Race Management’s list of longest serving race directors in the USA having led this race for 36 years. The Cook Medical Beat the Heat 5K continued its COVID recovery with over 700 registered participants. The Hobby Trails to You! Races were up more than 50% from 2019. The June, July and August $5K races averaged 137 registered participants per month. That’s a lot of summer racing!

One of the things I love about Twin City Track Club is that how you collectively contribute to make all theses things happen. You do it in many ways. You do it through participating in running groups. You do it through volunteering at events. You do it by participating in races and activities. You do it by encouraging others.  You do it by role modeling for others. Each of you make an impact on running community through your involvement and membership in Twin City Track Club. Thank you for all you do!

Happy Running!