April 2019 - Club News Briefs

Wow! What a great turnout we had for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon and the post-race party! Runners traveled from near and far to run the 55th anniversary of this race, and to score a sweeeeeet medal! Temperatures came in warmer than we were used to training in, but it made for a good post-race party! As you may have heard, there were some medical emergencies along the course and at the finish line, but the first responders and race volunteers were there on the scene. From all the reports we have heard, everyone will recover well! Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, spectators and race sponsors for making this such a great race! Mark your calendars for April 4th, 2020!

What's going on with the club this month:

Remembering Tom Cooper---SRRC Hall of Fame, and SRRC Board Past President

A celebration of life is planned for noon on April 28, 2019, at Washington Park. All running friends are welcome to join. Please wear running gear if you would like to join in on a memorial lap for Cooper. Running friend, Arlee Grimsley, shared these memories of "Coop"---as he was sometimes better known.

"Cooper was a believer that every runner should know what it takes to put on a race. He also said you compete against yourself not others. You always look to the next race to be better than your last."

Read the full tribute HERE. A link to his obituary.


Abe's Army registration is OPEN! Registration is NOW open for the 2019 Abe's Army training group. We are teaming up with HSHS Go217 program to do an introductory meeting about the 5K training program. We will provide information on how to start getting active and answer questions about the training program. There will be an optional walk/run that follows. Grab a non-running friend, and meet us at Washington Park on April 18, 2019, at 6 PM.



Spring Social - Sunday Funday!

Race to Rolling Meadows Brewery on Sunday, May 19th!! This point-to-point fun run social includes bus transportation to the 5K or the 5 mile starting point, customized name "bibs", and snacks! For members only--$5 fee covers everything except drinks. Must be 21. Registration will be capped at 40 members, so please register soon to not miss out.


SRRC Club Races 2019 - OPEN!

Women's Distance Festival (07.13.19) Registration is open for the 40th Annual Women's Distance Festival! Ladies, bring your mom, daughter, sister, cousin or friend! Last year, we had one of the biggest turn outs in the long time, and we think this year will be even better! With the 40th anniversary upon us, we think there will be something special in the works. Register early to guarantee your shirt. There's a kids run, too, so bring out the kiddos!

State Fair Parade Run (08.08.19) Join the SRRC in this state fair tradition! This two mile course starts inside the Illinois State Fair, heads out the front gate along the parade route. Parade watchers line the route and cheer you on! Post-race refreshments and the awards ceremony follow the race in the Ethnic Village, and then stick around for the parade and fair preview night! www.srrc.net/parade

Junaia P. Carter MD 5K (04.20.19) Washington Park 5K. All proceeds donated to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities of Springfield. Click HERE to register.

Scholastic Challenge 5K (06.15.19) Flat and fast 5K at Lake Springfield to support local high school running teams. Nearly ALL of the registration fees goes directly to your local school of choice! Click HERE to register!

Scheels 5K/10K (06.22.19) Running in support of Midtown Rotary and United Cerebral Palsy this year! Click HERE to register!

Passavant Race (05.29.19) Happy Easter discount code for the Passavant-Gatorade race on Easter, Sunday, April 21. The code is HOP19 and is good for $2 off registration. This code will stack with the $1 off code for SRRC members, PG2019.


Group Runs

SPEED!! Guess what's back?! Speed work! Check out the new start time at 6 PM and see you at the park!! ALL paces are welcome and encouraged! This is not about "going fast"--it's about YOU. Check out the Speed Work page weekly to find out what's going on: www.srrc.net/speedwork

Saturday Long Runs! - Now that Halfwits is over, you don't have to miss your running friends! Meet up on Saturday mornings on a rotational schedule at different bike/run trails around town. You set your own distance and pace, and run with people or near people (safety in numbers!). The schedule can be found online here, and on the SRRC Members Group on Facebook, but please check weekly as it's subject to change.

Abe's Army!! - Registration is NOW open for the 2019 Abe's Army training group. Don't miss out on your shirt guarantee. Invite a friend, and register by May 1st!



Abe's 50K Throw Down!


As announced last month..... Run 50K of SRRC races and get extra bling! We are currently working on the medal design, so if you completed the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, you have the longest leg DONE!

You will need to run FOUR specific club races in these distances: 2 miles, 6.2 miles, 10 miles, and 13.1 miles in 2019.

For all the details and to find out which races will qualify you, click here!


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