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Great time to load up on summer running gear.
Great time to load up on summer running gear.
As a team we piled up a total of 1042 laps which converts to 260.4 Miles !!!
That is absolutely incredible. When we started this thing I had no idea the amount of support and participation we would receive. Thank you to all who took time away from your hectic schedules to participate and provide support to this event. I went to sleep last night totally exhausted and totally uplifted at the same time.
Michael's Note: Although Eric will not take any credit, he deserves a tremendous thank you for all he did for the Relay for Life. He has put in countless hours for the Relay. . . not just this past weekend, but over the last three months. He was responsible for all of the accounting, and still found the time to raise money himself, and log 11 miles on the track. When everyone else was packing up and heading home, Eric was counting dollar bills up until the last possible minute. This years Relay for Life was one the most successful ever held in Rocky Mount, and Eric played a key roll in the success.
We will all run down Independence Blvd, and enter the track together. I encourage everyone to wear an RMEC shirt. I still have some shirts that were ordered in my car, so if you need to pick one up that you ordered, I will bring them with me.
This event starts Friday afternoon, and goes throughout the night continuing on Saturday. Our group run will start at 7:00 am, but RMEC members will be on the track during the entire event. Feel free to go out and support our team. Especially consider supporting Brian Lankford who will be going all night on the track.
To run with the group this Saturday, please join our relay team. Give as much or as little as you can give, and come support this wonderful cause. When you RSVP, please let us know when you plan to run.
With 73 participants, the group runs are getting pretty large. These children have a wide range when it comes to their pace. This means we get spread out, which means. . . we need more volunteers. Contact Tracy, or post here if you can help.
I will be ordering RMEK shirts this weekend. Anyone who volunteers at least twice gets a shirt. We need to know your names now.
Several runners will be at the Flying Pig Marathon this weekend, but I still think we should have a good sized crowd of runners. I am on kid-patrol, so I can not run in the morning. If anyone can put out fluids, please post a comment, and save your receipt to be reimbursed.
You can view the written directions by clicking on "View Notes". Please post a comment with your pace and distance. Knowing there may be some new people running, posting your pace will be a big help, so they can plan who to run with.
It is always fun to take a big group to a race. We travel together, get a block of rooms, go out for a big pre-race dinner, and also out for a celebratory drink(s). If we decide on the same race we can start the planning process. Right now it would seem that Marine Corp and Kiawah are the two main options for a big group.
Here are some other options to consider that may be close enough to drive.
You can view the written directions by clicking on "View Notes". It more look more complex than it is. This is another perfect week to get the ladies of RMEC out running. The route ensures you will never be running alone for long. I posted this early to encourage lots of participation. Please post a comment with your pace and distance.
There is also a bike ride planned tomorrow at 7:00 AM from the Belton and Schrimper Dentist office on Winstead Ave/Michael Scott Dr. The ride will be around 55 miles out to Castallia/Spring Hope. Eric, is looking for company that is in the mix for the 30/35 mile variety. The route will run through the neighborhood behind the Dentist office, out through Candlewood/Greystone and down Halifax Rd. Then up Hunter Hill to Coley and out through Red Oak. Up Taylor Store Rd to Pullen Pasture to Castalia and then split. Long group goes straight and short group will turn left and come down 58 to Nashville. There are several locations to turn off along the way (Red Oak/Taylor Store Rd by example) for those that may wish to do a ride in the teens or 20's. On the rides we have had recently, average speeds have been 16.5 to 18. Please RSVP to Eric if you plan to ride.
RMEK Shirts: We are ordering RMEK shirts for all of the kids. To help raise money for the program, we will give a shirt to anyone who makes a contribution for $10 or more to the RMEK through the Fun for for Charities site. The RMEK is listed as an official Non-Profit Organization of the event. Every dollar you give through the Fun Run for Charities will come back to us to support the RMEK. The race even provides a matching percentage that makes your contribution even more valuable to us. Giving is easy:
Cotton shirts require a minimum of a $10 contribution, and technical shirts require a $20 contribution.