I hope your 2024 is going smoothly so far. The club is bustling as usual with activities, and we are grateful for our members' support within the running community. We are eagerly anticipating another year full of exciting races and events.
January has been particularly busy with three winter series events, starting with the Hangover Half and concluding with a rainy Winter Series 4. We’ve had great turn out so far at each of the events. Fortunately, we've mostly been lucky with the weather, considering it's winter in NY. It's truly enjoyable to get out and be able to run with friends and stay active during the winter at these events. In addition to the great company it’s also nice to have some hot and delicious soup from Bountiful Bread at the finish.
This year, we've been experimenting with something new as we’ve hosted a few fun and preview runs. Tom O’Grady and Chuck Terry kicked these off by leading preview runs of the Stockade-Athon course prior to race day. Tom and Chuck then held some runs from the SUNY campus over to the State Office Campus prior to the winter series before we kicked off with Winter Series #1. A group of us met to run on the bike path on one of the nice days around New Years and Brian and Jess Northan hosted another run from SUNY Albany just a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who have joined these runs, thank you for participating as we fine-tune the format and gauge your preferences. We are hoping to hold more and would like to grow the numbers of people attending as the weather improves this spring. If you would like to share input on how we can make these runs more popular, please let us know. We're in the process of creating a schedule and would like to include a mix of runs that focus on workouts and some that are more casual fun runs or preview runs for our main races.
The winter series will conclude on February 11th with Winter Series 5, which is our 6th Grand Prix (GP) event on the HMRRC calendar. Although we're halfway through the GP which started with the Labor Day 5K, there's still plenty of time to accumulate more points. We will also have a variety of distances and even a track mile and cross country 5km as part of the GP for those that want to get off the roads. We'll be sharing the WS5 weekend with the annual HMRRC Banquet at The Terrace at the Water's Edge in Glenville, right over the river. We've secured a band to help us enjoy the evening. We’ll also be celebrating Chuck Terry's induction into the HMRCC Hall of Fame. It promises to be a delightful night, so gather your running friends for a fun evening out and sign up now!
To enhance our communication, we've been working on stepping up our social media game. Hopefully, you're following us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest club happenings. Don't forget to let us know what you like and share our posts.
On a final note, I’m sure many of you are aware we are also transitioning the editorship of The Pace Setter over from Christine Bishop to Tom and Sara O’Grady. I want to thank Christine Bishop for the tremendous job she has done with The Pace Setter over the years. Christine was instrumental in leading The Pace Setter into an all-digital format. I also want to thank Tom and Sara for taking on this effort for HMRRC.
Ravi Chauhan, President