Run Richmond, as I see it, is a group of people that share a common interest. In this case the common interest is a desire to get or stay healthy through movement. That group of people bring to the table many different reasons for their desire and many different experiences from that desire. If Run Richmond had 15-20 good to elite runners show up each week the focus would be on running and running alone probably. We aren’t that.
We are a group of normal people that come from different backgrounds, with different goals and most importantly different abilities. The main focus of our lives isn’t running. We have business owners, skilled trades people, medical professionals, students, managers and many more, all that have a desire to be part of a community of people that want to continue a journey to a healthier/better you.
I think it would be foolish of us to not see what impact this group could have on each other and even the Richmond community. I don’t want this to stay as a group that runs together on Saturday mornings. I want this to be a group that gets together for meals. A group that finds ways to get involved in the community. A group that makes a difference. This is one reason that I have volunteered to help with the Officer Daniel Ellis Memorial 5K.
It seems like an easy fit for a group of runners/walkers to support a run/walk 5K that is being held to launch a foundation in Officer Ellis’s honor. Katie Ellis wants to make a difference in our community in her late husband’s name. I want to be part of that and I hope you do as well.
The obvious connection between races and this group is why I plan to start some Run Richmond races. I hope to eventually have a 5K, 10K, Trail Race and 1/2 Marathon. Not just so we can have cool races in Richmond (they will be cool), but so that Run Richmond can have the resources to make a difference. Those races will generate revenue. That revenue will be put to use in our community. There are lots of organization that are trying to make a difference. Grace Now gives food to people in need. Health Now Clinic helps people with medical care. There are lots of organizations like this that need some financial support to do their work. That is what I hope these races can help provide.
If you have any interest in being part of this then come live in community with us. It doesn’t matter how fast your run or how slow you walk come join us. Over the next few weeks I will get a Run Richmond dinner organized somewhere in Richmond. I would really like to be able to set down and get to know you all better and I hope you desire the same. There are a lot of good stories I have heard so far and I know there are a lot more to share.