I hope that each of you enjoyed a great Labor Day weekend. This weekend was not only a great day for the running community but a landmark day in the city of Charlotte. Sunday, September 1, at 704 a.m., was the start of the inaugural Around the Crown 10k.
I was proud to be a part of the nearly 5000 runners from over 30 different states who got to experience what it was like to run on I-277 as they closed it for pedestrians for the very first time. I was amazed at the excitement of the crowd gathered at the start line. I got shivers crossing the Church Street bridge looking down to see the leaders step on the interstate for the very first time. I smiled as I was able to do the same thing a few minutes later. A mile later I beamed with pride to look and see the beautiful Charlotte skyline.
Brian Mister and his team did an amazing job with the this incredibly creative concept and executing every detail of the race. I'm sure many of you noticed that the route was a little short. It was 6 miles according to my Garmin. Keep in mind that that the first time Brian was able to officially measure the course was a few hours before the race when they closed I-277 for the first time. I'm sure the course will be tweaked for next year's race.
Congratulations to CRC Members Chad Crockford and Kelly Fillnow for winning this year's race. I'm so proud of both of them. Chad does an outstanding job serving as Director on the CRC Board. When he is not running and coaching Let Me Run, Chad is an attorney with Wells Fargo. Kelly has been my personal running coach for over 5 years. She travels the world as a professional triathlete and owns a highly successful coaching company - Fillnow Coaching. I've shared many things with you that I've learned from her. She has truly changed my life.
Sunday was also the unveiling of the Charlotte Running Club PR bell. Special thanks to Mike Beigay, Bethany Salisbury, and Chad Crockford for making this bell a reality. It was so amazing to hear the bell ring and see the smiles that went with it. We will showcase the bell at many of the local races, including the upcoming Charlotte Marathon this November.
Fall is close by ... and that brings my favorite weather. I hope to see many of you at a CRC group event, a group run, or race.
In great strides,
President, Charlotte Running Club