The RMEC likes to promote events that are well organized but put on my local groups. There is nothing wrong with the bigger events put on by a professional event management company (well, there really is, but we wont go there), but we like to reward the local smaller race directors around us. Here are a few events to keep in mind over the next several months. . .
03/31 Movin' For Community Outreach 5k: This 5k is is Rocky Mount's backyard (Tarboro). It is put on by Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. Last year had over 200 finishers. It is a certified course, has online registration, and chip timing. All of this and only 20 minutes away. Can't beat that!
04/14 Gallberry Stampede: This 4th annual event will provide participants with the option of a 2K walk/jog, 5K jog/run,10K or 10 mile run on a farm path cross country course. The event will take place on Gallberry Farm, once a large dairy operation and now a cotton farm. The 10-miller is a new event. The course is mostly flat with a few hills.
05/12 Fun Run for Charities: Rocky Mount's own 5k and 10k race will be held on May 12 this year. This is always a fun event for our community. I hope to see the RMEC out in full force supporting our home town event. This race is full of young runners too, so bring out your kids.
05/19 Bright Night 5k: This event is just down the road in Greenville. Last year the RMEC took a good crowd. It is one of the only twilight races you will find around us. The race has a great mission, and the race director is as passionate about the event as she is about the cause (ovarian cancer). Please consider joining the RMEC again in 2012 on a road trip.
06/18 Running of the Bulls 8k: Last year three of us went to Durham for the Running of the Bulls 8k. This event is put on by Bull City Running, and is a blast. It is an early in the morning on a hilly course around downtown Durham. It finishes in the original historic Durham Bulls Stadium on the baseball field. The have cold beer and music playing at the finish too.
What ever your do. . . keep running, and keep racing!