*Build it and they will come*

A few days ago, I began to plan a gathering to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the running club I co-founded with my friend, Woody.

Nearly a year ago, we sat down over to coffee to discuss our ideas and hopes for what would become the St. Helens Road Runners Club. Our dream was to be able to provide local runners with an opportunity to get together on a weekly basis for a few miles, meet like-minded people, and socialize in a way that promotes health and fitness in our community. A few weeks later we met for the first time and we have been meeting ever since.

This group… these people… some of whom I barely knew a year ago, have become close friends. I look forward to seeing them on Saturday mornings. I’ve run with several club members outside of the Saturday morning group run. I’ve logged hundreds of miles with BFP, whom this time last year, I had never met. I told the group in a post on Facebook:

“Some weeks we’ve had several in attendance, other weeks just one or two. Regardless, this group has become everything we envisioned. Personally, the people I’ve met and the friendships that have been formed transcends every expectation I had. THANK YOU!”

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Saturday morning group run selfie.

Just today, we added our 100th member to our Facebook group. I’m so excited to see this group continue to grow and bond over our love of running.

If you are looking for a group or running club, check with your local specialty running store to see what they might offer. (Some athletic apparel companies offer runs too.)  If you’re in a major city, you might check out the November Project. And, if you happen to be in my neck of the woods, come join my group! (Details can be found HERE on the Run Oregon Blog.)

Before I run (not literally. ha!), I would be remiss to not take this opportunity to thank our veterans for their service to this country. My deepest gratitude to the men and women who have served for our freedom. “Thanks”, simply is not enough for what you have done but it is all I can offer so THANK YOU!!!

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