By Kate Gigler
Over the month of March forty-nine nominations rolled in for Team Red Lizard’s first annual awards event. The nominations described thousands of hours of service to the club and the larger running community, truly remarkable athletic accomplishment and friendship and motivation and inspiration. These are the ingredients of a dynamic, supportive and impressive running club.
The Best Racing Accomplishment category included racing performances in two broad categories, really fast times and/or personal bests that were achieved after consistent, dedicated training. There are also a couple mentions of memorable race reports that were motivating for those who read them. The racing accomplishment nominations ranged from a single 5K race performance, to a year’s worth of racing in pursuit of a qualifying time.
The Lizard in Service category represent members who put in the hours, week in week out, to make the club hum. These nominees coach weekly runs, provide timing and race support for the cross country series and are a consistent, positive presence at other club events. These events include the wacky – but also time consuming to plan – Tour de Goose. Some of the nominees in this category have been in service to Team Red Lizard for over a decade.
The final category – Spirit of Running – is the most difficult to summarize. These are club members who embody the club’s mission. The descriptive words most likely to be found in these nominations are friendly, inspirational and supportive. Running is a pursuit that, for many in the club, requires hard work, sacrifice in other areas of their lives and physical discomfort (Has it been a wet, cold winter, or what?!). The members in this category are the glue of a social network which values running highly and encourages everyone to excel.
The awardees in each of the four categories will be announced at the award event, which is set for Saturday, May 13th at Bridgeport Brewing. Tickets can be secured at: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/91087/chk/f5cb
Best Racing Accomplishment – Women
Best Racing Accomplishment – Men
Lizard in Service
Spirit of Running