Crossing the Finish Line
Wow! It is so hard to believe we are at the end of 2017. It’s time to reflect on the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year, and see if we reached those goals and crossed that finish line. Reflections are great, but now we should focus on looking ahead.
For us, as members of the Tuscaloosa Track Club, we’re counting Grand Prix points and getting those last minute volunteer hours in. For 2017, we closed the year with 286 members, and after Turkey Trot this year, we already have a total of 284 members going into 2018. We usually average 20 members that join throughout the year, so we’re already ahead of the curve for 2018. That’s so exciting knowing our running community continues to grow. I fully expect to have 300 members for 2018!!!!!
Let me be the first to welcome our 2018 Tuscaloosa Track Club Sponsors: BRYANT BANK, THE COCHRAN FAMILY, HYDRALIVE and EW MOTION THERAPY. We are so thankful for their contribution to our running community, and the Tuscaloosa Track Club will continue to encourage and assist all runners and race directors achieve their goals.
Look for a few changes with our races for 2018. All Grand Prix races will include a few new age categories. We will be adding Male and Female Great Grand Masters (over 60) and adding a 70-74 and 75+ age group. Our members are running longer these days, not distance necessarily, but years longer. There are only a few sports that can be maintained the older you become. Running is a big one!!! So, with more of our members being over 50, we felt it necessary to reward those that continue to run.
We also are looking to add more benefits to your membership. We already have great businesses that are working with us to offer our members:
10% discount at Wagner’s Run Walk on regular priced merchandise and shoes
$20 off an hour massage with Mona Spencer at Adagio Bodyworks (205) 394-0622
Free pair of running socks when you come in for an insurance review with Brian Darr
with American National Insurance (205) 331-4160
Free New patient exam, plus 20% off supplements at Freeman Chiropractic (205) 409-6333
Free first injury consultation visit and water table treatment with consultation from Spine & Sport Chiropractic (205) 345-8102
$20 off an “EW BODY” session (consists of soft tissue work, myofascial release, and stretching at EW Motion Therapy (205) 462-3097
Free One month membership at YMCA, and waive joiner’s fee (205) 345-9622
And we are looking to add more in 2018, so check out our website after January to see the benefits. Also, if you signed up for Turkey Trot on Friday, November 17, 2017, or after, and you didn’t receive your Membership Card or your Membership Shirt, please go by Wagner’s RunWalk to pick those up. For those that pre-registered, your Membership Card and Shirts were in your race packet.
Now Looking Forward to Crossing that Finish Line in 2018:
The Tuscaloosa Track Club is run solely by Volunteers. I saw a quote the other day that said “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” This is true with many clubs and organizations out there. I am truly thankful for all our members that step up and serve on our Board and Committees, and volunteer at races. We can’t exist without you.
For me, running has been part of my life from an early age. Running is something I’m very passionate about, and when you’re passionate about something, it’s very easy to do all you can and not even think about the time you put in.
If you are a member going into the 2018 year, we would love to have you serve on the Board or one of our Committees. We always need NEW ideas, and stepping up to serve can mean just that. We always want to grow with our members and reach out to many more that love running as much as we do. Mahatma Gandhi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
I look forward to meeting each of you out a race this coming year. More important, I look forward to seeing each of you meet those goals you set for yourself and Crossing that Finish Line.