The More We Lift Each Other Up,
The More We All Win
As we close out 2018, I would like to challenge each of you going into 2019, to encourage just one person. At the first of the year, we all make resolutions, to better ourselves. The gyms are full of people going to make their bodies better, the produce shelves are bare from everyone choosing vegetables over french fries, the ipods are full of workout/running music to help us through that first month! But, just maybe, our lives will be better from encouraging someone else to reach their goals. Now, I’m not saying ditch your goals and just focus on encouraging others, because sometimes by doing what we do, we encourage others. I’m saying, make an extra effort to help someone. I am so proud to be a part of the Tuscaloosa Track Club, because we are a club of inspiring people. I’ve always said runners are the nicest people. When you go to races in another city, state or country, everyone encourages each other. They cheer for other runners doing the same thing they are doing. That doesn’t happen much in today’s world. Like Santa, we’re checking our list twice for those members getting their Grand Prix points for 2018. Our Grand Prix Banquet will be January 24, 2019, at The Levee.
We will be sending out the Invitation soon. Please make plans to attend, even if you didn’t get your races or volunteer hours in. Be there to cheer on those that did. For 2018, we closed the year with 335 members. I predicted 300, so we surpassed that goal. After Turkey Trot this year, we already have a total of 387 members going into 2019. So for 2019, I expect us to close the year with 400 members!!!!! Let me be the first to welcome our 2019 Tuscaloosa Track Club Major Sponsors: THE COCHRAN FAMILY and HYDRALIVE, and our Turkey Trot Sponsors: BRYANT BANK, EW MOTION THERAPY, ORANGE THEORY FITNESS and THERAPY SOUTH. 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. The Tuscaloosa Track Club is run solely by Volunteers. One of my favorite quotes is “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” I am truly thankful for all our members that step up and serve on our Executive Board and Committees, and all that volunteer at races. We can’t exist without you. If you are a member going into the 2019 year, we would love to have you serve on our Board. 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.
President, Tuscaloosa Track Club