The Historic Haunt isn’t only going to be a fun event that gives people the opportunity to push themselves to become a better version of themselves, but it also is an opportunity to win cool stuff. We know you can choose any number of races to attend on a Saturday morning in October. We feel like there are numerous reasons that the Historic Haunt is going to stand out from other races. One thing that stands out to me is that we aren’t about making the absolute most money from this race as possible. Our number one question when making decisions is how will this affect the feel of the event. Will it make it better than others? If the answer is no we have tried to come up with a different plan.

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Healthier You Can Mean So Much More


Running has done a lot for more over the last couple years. Mainly giving me a healthier body that will allow me to spend more time with my family and friends. One other thing it has done which ties into that is given me a way to connect with my daughter. Hailey has been running cross country for 4 years now. When she started I was close to 250 lbs and couldn’t run around the block with her.

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work



If you are reading a post on this website there is a pretty good chance that you have run at least one 5K before and quite possibly a lot of other races. When I decided to start Run Richmond  had some idea of what would be involved to start a running organization. I had done several 5Ks and at that point a couple half marathons. I expected to have to put a considerable amount of effort into this therefore, I don’t feel I had an overly optimistic vision of what I was getting into. What I have found out is how much more planning needs to go into this than I realized. Things need to happen in a certain time frame to keep things moving forward correctly. If something isn’t finished, or started, on time then it can create a snowball effect that will be hard to recover from.
Here is the bad news. I am not a planner. I don’t have a paper planner that I put things in and I don’t utilize an online calendar as much as I should. So there have been times that I could have gotten into trouble, but luckily I have surrounded myself with great people. My wife, Trent, Bob Baney, and many others have been around to help when things need to be done.

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Failure Isn’t A Finish It’s Part Of The Process

I was recently asked to do a talk for a group at a high school and in thinking about a topic I realized that one thing seemed to stand out more than anything else to me. Failure. Failure seems to be a major part of everybody’s life. Failure is something that no matter how hard we try to avoid it, it will eventually show up in some form or fashion. The big question isn’t really when or even how am I going to fail, but how am I going to handle the failure.

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Use Race Day Goals to Fuel Long Term Success


I have written before about the fact that I am motivated by a challenge. When I set a goal and work towards it I get more and more motivated the closer I get. That works well for me, but not all people respond to goals and challenge the same way.  If you are just getting started running or stepping up your running to a new level you need to think about how to best keep yourself motivated. Are you the type of person that needs to set a challenging time goal and work yourself non-stop until you get there? Or are you the type of person that would be stressed by that pressure and not respond positively.

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Historic Haunt T-Shirts



We are getting closer every day to the inaugural running of the Historic Haunt at White Hall State Historic Site. I can assure the excitement is building with the Run Richmond team. We have been talking with people about this for months and we are now 18 days away. The bad part about being 18 days away is that means we are only about 3 days away from placing our t-shirt order.

If you plan to register do so before Friday, October 7th to be guaranteed a shirt. We will be ordering some extra shirts, but with this race being a fundraiser for local causes we will be cautious on our t-shirt order. Every shirt that we order that isn’t claimed via race registration is money we take away from our benefactors. That is something we don’t want to happen. We will most likely end up running out of shirts.

There is one easy way to fix this problem. Help us out and register today! When you do you get the shirt in the size you want and we get to give more money to three great causes: Madison Central Cross Country, Daniel Ellis Foundation and Health, Now! Clinic.

Kids That Run Can Be Healthier…Inside and Out


I was driving into work this morning and heard on the radio that it is Child Health Awareness Day or something like that. I tried to find more info about it online when I got to work and can’t find anything. That doesn’t really matter, because in reality every day should be focused on the mental and physical health of the children around us so that is what I am going to do. Continue reading Kids That Run Can Be Healthier…Inside and Out

Beautiful Old Running Shoes

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We have entered into a new season. The weather is getting cooler and the runs are hopefully getting a lot easier to do. With that being the case I think it is important to think about your running shoes. Hopefully over the last several months you have been working hard. If that is the case there is a decent chance that your running shoes look something like these. I love seeing someone out there with shoes that look like this because I assume that means the shoes have been well used. Continue reading Beautiful Old Running Shoes

Group Runs = Community = Success


Over the last almost year that Run Richmond has been in existence the one constant has been our group runs on Saturday morning. I was amazed when I scheduled the first one and people showed up. I will be totally honest and tell you that I didn’t expect anyone to join me so I scheduled it on a weekend that my brother-in-law was going to be in town because I knew he would come. I padded the numbers…I had my family and his family that had us at 8 for our very first week no matter what happened.

I had invited several people I knew and had heard from most of them that they had plans or they would try. I was pretty confident no one would show. I got there early in case anyone else showed up early and planned to patiently wait by myself until my built in safety net showed up. When I pulled in I noticed a car over in the historic house parking lot. After I got parked that car started backing up and then drove over and parked next to me. My initial thought was “Oh Crap! Now what do I do?” I had no idea if the person was there to run or if the person had ever heard of Run Richmond. It turns out that it was a runner and he did come for the group run. David Turpin showed up that day and ran with me and my family. Since the first group run I have probably ran more miles with David Turpin than any other person I know. David pushed me to get through a couple of the worst marathon training runs I did. For that alone I am greatful. Continue reading Group Runs = Community = Success

R U N?


Why do you run:  to lose weight, to improve fitness, to compete, or just to kill time? Running can be a brutal pounding, and mentally it’s often about choosing discomfort over comfort, and what about those super short shorts? For me, I ran for 18 years before I ever really liked it.

My earliest memories of running are Mom honking the horn and calling me in from a day of adventure on my Granddaddy’s 65-acre farm. At 9 years old, I ran everywhere across the red Georgia clay. I ran to my Uncles to feed the animals, ran to the spring, and ran to my dirt basketball court. I rarely ever walked and basically I ran just to get me from one place to another. Continue reading R U N?