Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
-On the Road, Jack Kerouac
This month, Club Northwest’s “On the Blog” proudly showcases Andrew Wise’s article “Track on the Road: Keeping the Dream Alive.”
A Prelude to Some Grit…
When I put together the Women’s Month Article Questionnaire, I didn’t anticipate close to 40 responses from female-identified athletes all over the world. From elite marathoners to a Team USA triple jumper to local XC athletes, the women who contributed truly represent the top tier of competitive distance runners and track and field athletes. The voices featured below range in age from 22 to 51, and draw from a diverse socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, and racial demographic. Without hesitation, these courageous athletes responded to the following four questions, thus providing the fodder for this month’s Club Northwest blog post.
Come join us for a celebration of the past year and a kick-off to 2018 on Saturday, March 10 at Brooks Headquarters! With refreshments and food in hand, we will start with a brief meeting to discuss updates from our Board, hold elections, hear from our Keynote Speaker, Pat Tyson, and then close out with more time for socializing.
As part of our partnership with Brooks, we have an exciting upcoming opportunity for members to volunteer at the 2018 Special Olympics in Seattle, July 1-6th!
October saw CNW runners competing in long-distance events across the country. The first weekend alone had multiple wins, PRs, and marathon debuts. Within a two-day span, Carl Combs won the Masters 5 km Championships in New York in a blazing time of 15:52 while In Wisconsin, Joe Gray took the W at the Half Marathon Trail Championships.
This summer saw long-time and new Club Northwest athletes competing on the track and roads.
After a one-year hiatus, the Seafair Torchlight Run resumed with a pack of orange up front. The Reed household grabbed two victories as Chris and Annie won the men’s and women’s 8k, with Andy Reed (no relation) taking the men’s 5k for to ensure surname dominance. Behind Chris were four more Club runners, as Spencer Walsh was second, Lance Thompson third (and masters champ), Ari Schorr fourth, and Destry Johnson fifth and second masters.
We are extremely excited to launch our new website! Shout out to Tyler Van Dooren and Andrew Reed and who worked extremely hard to bring this website together. We hope that you enjoy the fruits of our labor!
CNW Athlete, Meghan Lyle shares her experiences and background as a runner.
Tell us about your running history.
I was a late bloomer, playing soccer through high school and doing track 'on the side' just to stay fit. Later in college I was continuing to run for fitness, and started to develop more speed as I trained for a few half marathons. One random day my senior year, I did a treadmill run, and was running late for an engagement so I picked up the pace. I was able to run about 7:00 mile pace and I thought "Hey l, I wonder how fast you have to run to run to run in college?" I started looking up the Husky women's race times online, and did the calculations. To this day I can't believe I had the gumption to do this, but I contacted the coach to see if I could try out for the team anyway. I also can't believe they took a chance on such an unseasoned runner. They gave me a training schedule for the summer, and I walked on as a 5th year senior. The exposure to D1 training was miraculous for improving my fitness, and I ended up running really well, even making our XC Nationals team, and ultimately running third for the team at XC Nationals.
Thanks SO much for those of you who were there braving Junuary weather on the last day of May at our first meet. Not only was the final tally of entries — 460 — the biggest opener EVER, we could have sold more than the 67 season passes we had ready, and THAT’S a record for an entire season!
Summer is coming and Club Northwest is celebrating by hosting a fun social run to welcome the Solstice. Friends and families are welcome to join for the run or picnicking afterwards!
Check out the Event Page for more details!