Greetings CRC Members
In the three months since I last addressed you, we’ve seen so much change. From the Stay at Home Order, to more races being cancelled, to virtual races, to businesses starting to re-open, to nationwide protests.
There is no question about it – it is a painful time in our country. The senseless tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks have shook us all. As a white man, I can try to understand what others are feeling, but there is NO way I can truly appreciate what people of color experience on a daily basis. NO one should have to fear for simply going for a run. Racism has NO place in this world, and we stand with our black brothers and sisters against racial discrimination. All lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter.
One of the ways that I seek comfort from this pain– like many of you – is thru running. Running has been so therapeutic for me especially in 2020. It’s really made me appreciate how much I love the sport. On the days when I just need to get away from reality, I just simply lace up and hit the Beatty trails. I now embrace the time when I meet for my regular social distant group runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. One of the positive things I have seen with this pandemic are all the new runners. Whether it be in the neighborhood, on the greenways, or in the parks, there has been an insurgence of new faces. With that, I am excited about the future of our sport.
Last week I called for nominations to serve on our new board. Any member may nominate up to four individuals. Nominees must be current members for at least the past 6 months. I’m excited to hear from so many of you who have an interest in serving. Our elections are planned to start August 1. Election results will be announced at our Annual Meeting which is scheduled to take place Saturday at 6:00 pm on August 8at the NoDa Brewing Pavilion, 2921 N Tryon Street. We will elect four new board members for two-year terms. The new board will then vote on 2 additional members for one-year terms. More details can be found in the article below.
This will most likely be my last President’s address to you. After serving for 2 ½ years as President and 3 ½ years on the Board, it’s time to hand over the baton to new leadership. It has been my pleasure to serve this organization. I am proud of the many accomplishments we’ve had. Whether it be the new membership benefits we have offered, new merchandise, new events, new partners, and especially our new members that have joined. I’d like to thank the leadership team who have put forth so much time and effort to make this possible. While I’m proud of things we have done, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure we bring the diverse Charlotte running community together under one umbrella and making Charlotte a better place to run.
In great strides,
Chad Champion – soon to be Past President, Charlotte Running Club