This past week was a busy one for the club! On Thursday, June 9th we held our Twilight Meet and Monday, June 13th we hosted our June Social and Group Run at Crafty B'astards Restaurant. Many thanks to all who helped make both events successful!
The track meet was an excellent opportunity for all members of the running community to participate in a professionally organized, yet low-key track meet at a world class facility: the Percy Beard Track at the University of Florida. We rented out the track and field area for the evening and held three running events: 1500m, 5k, 800m, and two kids' fun runs: 100m and 400m.
We felt that our Track club should honor our historical roots as a competitive track club and bring the joy (and pain!) of track racing to the next generation of runners. Watching the little ones "play at track" was one of the major highlights of the evening. We also had some very fast performances, considering it was well over 90 degrees at the start of the meet.
The event started at 7:25PM and concluded just after 8:30PM... just as the sun was setting. It was a beautiful evening and a fun opportunity to race hard at our home track! We are very interested in bringing more track racing opportunities to the FTC community. If you would like to be involved in a Twilight Meet series race committee, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to our awesome volunteers that helped make the evening run smoothly: Richard Garand, Elizabeth Hanselman, Kathy Benton, Eddie Garcia, Enoch Nadler, Mike Carrillo, Varun Praveen, Will Harding, Michelle Castillo, Claudia Jackson, and Daniel Jackson.
This event was postponed a week due to Tropical Storm Colin. A group met at Crafty B'astards Restaurant, which is also the headquarters for our New Year's day race: The Shorter Mile, to get in a quick easy run before the social. Many thanks to Richard and Elizabeth for leading the run. The group went across NW 39th Ave towards the Boys and Girls Club and to the wood-chip trail behind Barr Systems. There is a great sort of hidden running path back there ~1 mile long - perfect for workouts and shaded summer running. Afterwards, we were able to hang out in the reserved back room at Crafty's and catch up with one another in a relaxed setting with some great beer and food. These socials always leave me thankful to be living in a place like Gainesville with folks who care so much about running but also about the person behind the runner. It is always inspiring just chatting with fellow FTC members and learning about what is going on in everyone's training and lives outside of running. If you missed this social, another one is coming up in August at First Magnitude! Stay tuned for details.
Up next: 38th Annual Melon Run!!!!!!!!!!
Make sure to add this race to your July 4th plans. Always a family favorite tradition with a flat two-loop course around Westside Park and neighboring streets. Watermelons for age-group winners and free kids' fun run (~1mile). Sign up today to save $5 with your FTC membership: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Gainesville/37thAnnualMelonRun