Run Richmond started as an idea for an actual race and run club last fall. Run Richmond actually started as a thing way before that when I started running regularly. I knew I needed community to stick with this new running thing and I started looking for people to run with. Trent Funk was one of the first and most frequent people that I called on. I didn’t know then that Run Richmond had just been born, but that is exactly what happened.
Trent was perfect for me because first of all he is a very accomplished runner with PRs that would make most jealous, but even more so he is humble and encouraging. He has the knowledge to instruct and train someone to exercise/run effectively, but the personality to do it in a way that is encouraging. I had zero chance to keep up with Trent when we went running together, but when we ran he always talked about how I was pulling him along and how he really needed me to keep him going. I knew then and now that he was full of it and was slowing down to keep me motivated. I appreciated it then and I still do to this day.
I bring up Trent because as this Run Richmond thing has grown into Run Richmond, LLC and become an actual company with more potential and opportunities than I can handle on my own I knew I needed help. Trent was the first person I though of and he jumped at the chance to join Run Richmond. Trent and I share a vision for Run Richmond. We both want Run Richmond to encourage a healthy lifestyle by creating opportunities for people to build relationships that are going to provide accountability and encouragement.
Run Richmond, LLC is going to keep putting on first rate events like the Historic Haunt and using the proceeds to empower local organizations to do good things. With Trent on board we are going to be able to expand our reach. We can do more and bigger events. I am very excited to have Trent on board and can’t wait to see where Run Richmond takes us.
If you haven’t signed up for the Historic Haunt yet I encourage you to do so today. That way I can tell Trent that his post alone encouraged 100 people (or whatever) to sign up for our race. If you know Trent personally you know that he has the heart of a servant and will do whatever possible to help someone out. If you haven’t met Trent yet then when you do make fun of him for being a Georgia Tech fan. If anything he deserves ridicule for that. Soon Trent plans to start hosting a Run Richmond Group Run in town during the week. We think more options for people to get connected and run together can’t be a bad thing. Info will come about that as we get it more organized.
Trent is currently on the mend from a ruptured achilles and is planning to run the Historic Haunt as his first race back from surgery. So this may be your best chance to beat him in a race. Although from what I have seen it is still going to take a pretty good time.