To those of you who came last night to the Christmas Lights Run/Scavenger Hunt and Hot Chocolate Party – thank you! We had an amazing turnout and had a wonderful time spreading Christmas cheer. A big thank you to Lendall and Malinda for hosting.
So here’s what we did. We split into three teams - #teamfrosty, #teamrudolph, and #teamelf. Each team had a team captain that stayed at the house to tally points. The runners had a certain area they could search, and as they found each item on the list, they texted a photo to their team captain. Certain items were worth certain points (Christmas caroling was worth extra)! Each team took a small gift with a note to deliver to someone in the neighborhood to bring a bit of Christmas joy.
#teamfrosty dominated the evening (they figured out some really tough riddles), followed by #teamrudolph and then #teamelf. Everyone had a wonderful time, and the laughter ringing through the air was contagious. The hot chocolate warmed our souls, and we had a great time meeting new friends and admiring the handiwork of each family that decorated their home for others to enjoy.
Additionally, thank you to each of our participants for bringing socks to donate. We find that many young adults and children in our community go without socks in the winter. As runners, socks are near and dear to our hearts, and we hope that the new socks collected will help keep our community warm this winter. We were overwhelmed by the generosity shown via these donations, and know they will serve as blessings to those around us.
In case you’re wondering, TFC417 is about more than speed work one day per week. It’s about building relationships between like-minded individuals. It’s about being supportive of the running goals of teammates, and it’s about building mentally and emotionally strong individuals who are capable of and willing to build others up and give back to the community with a loving heart. It’s not about pride or show – it’s about hard work and learning our weaknesses. Workouts in TFC were never intended to be easy, and we know they are not for everyone. They are for those who are serious about meeting their running goals and about truly being fit. Our workout hour isn’t a social time, but it is a time to lose yourself in the freedom we call running, and to push your limits. It’s not a time to complain or throw a pity party about being last. It’s a chance to get better and work to overcome training obstacles. We highly encourage effective cross training from trained and experienced coaches, and we believe in the power of hard work and consistent, safe training. Whether we have 1 or 100 members, we strive to ensure our runners are strong, dedicated, and positive individuals.
We would love to have you join us in 2017. We meet on Tuesday mornings at 5am. All we ask is that you have been running for 6-12 months and can easily run 3-5 miles without stopping. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or find us on Facebook. We would love to have you join our community of dedicated athletes.
We will not meet on 12/27 as many will be traveling for the holidays, but we look forward to seeing you on 1/3/17.
Oh yeah - Don't forget that we will have two teams participating in the Run for the Ranch Relay on December 31! Such a fun way to wrap up 2016.
Merry Christmas to you and yours. Happy running, and here’s to a safe, healthy, and adventure filled 2017.
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