The loneliness of the long distance runner is a myth that is generally malicious and unfounded. Joining a running club is an idea that is too often rejected based in part on this myth and in part on the idea that ‘the whole business will hurt too much’. True improvement will, at times, require desperate determination, but the effort also makes one grateful to every sense. Whether a novice runner wincing at the thought of trundling around the block, or an experienced runner who would like to improve, the community of a club will help.
This club has a history reaching back to 1983 when it was formed in response to the need for a local running track. Since then it has contributed to helping hundreds of runners meet their personal goals – John competing in triathlons at the international level, Joe flying through 500 marathons, Kirsten training for her first Ironman and Sandra training for her first half. The obvious point is that with focus , encouragement and support you too will soon be adding your piece to our collective living history.
To consolidate your running success the club offers Sunday runs in the hills of Halton and Tuesday track directed by Jim at the high school. From this association groups of members enter races both internationally grand and rewardingly local. Boston, Around The Bay and, Spring into Motion await.
The annual climax for the G’town Runners season, however, is our own 10K plus race, the December Egg Nog Jog ably directed this year by Duncan and Mauro. Here you can complete all your childhood dreams by becoming a volunteer parking attendant , an emcee or even a rock star! Each year the effort of the club and other volunteers has allowed us to donate in excess of $5000 to local charities.
So, welcome again to running with us. May the road in front of you be smooth and may you be eager for the hopeful promise of the day.
Yours in friendship,
July 26th, 2012
The Georgetown Runners (GR) are a group of local runners in Georgetown, Ontario, CANADA who meet at Atlantis Athletics Family Fitness at Guelph Street and Mountainview at 8 AM Sunday mornings. Various groups run different distances for runs lasting 45-90 minutes. We all meet afterwards for coffee and snacks at LaVita Cafe. We also meet Thursday evenings at 7:00 at the Gellert Centre 10241 Eighth Line (Argyle Street and 8th Line). In the summer, we host track training Tuesday nights 7:00 pm at Georgetown District High School. Smaller groups meet at other times and locations during the week for social or training runs. ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AT ANY TIME.
Our current members vary in fitness levels from the novice who is just beginning a new running/fitness program, to the more seasoned athlete who has been running for many years.
We also raise money for local charities through our annual Egg Nog Jog — a fund-raising event and 10.8 m. run held at Terra Cotta Conservation Area in mid December. There is also a One-Mile Smile Mile run for children.
Many of our GR members go beyond running to challenge themselves in other athletic events such as cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing. Some members have even travelled world-wide to participate in races in the Arctic, Europe, triathlons, Ironman competitions, and ultramarathons. We have Boston Marathon qualifiers who are very enthusiastic about sharing their experiences with others.
We also have a member who is a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner and is willing to help you with your personal goals and needs in that area.
All work and no socialising produces very dull (and tired) runners — this is why we believe in a balanced training regime. We do this through non-competitive and social activities and a yearly out of town or province event. In the past we have travelled to Cape Breton, Banff, and New Hampshire for 24 hour relays or sometimes we will go on a fun weekend getaway at a member’s cottage in Northern Ontario or get together for an evening social.
May 19th, 2011