2019 will be a year full of changes for Second Wind! Starting at the banquet in January, we’ll present awards to runners nominated for categories new and old. The new categories were selected to honor a more diverse group of Second Wind members, and at our December meeting where we selected the winners, we felt that this was a big step towards that goal. (So be sure to RSVP for the banquet on January 26! The deadline is to register is January 21.)
Other changes are also afoot – I’ll be stepping down as President at the end of my current term (the end of this month), and our current Vice President, Jim Fair, will be taking on the role. I’m excited to see what ideas he has for the club going forward. One thing I know we will be overhauling are the Build a Better Second Wind program. While I won’t be president, I’ll still be on the board. I’m looking forward to working on projects without the worries of the president’s role. This is my last weekly newsletter to the club!
Buffalo Trace Trail Race is Sunday MARCH 3! We felt May was getting too crowded with local events and are experimenting with having our first club race of the year early. The race will be on Sunday, March 3 and start at 1pm. Registration is open now on runsignup.com - no matter the weather, March will come in like a buffalo this year!
Annual Banquet is Saturday, January 26! (deadline to RSVP is next Monday, 1/21) Please join us for our annual banquet to celebrate accomplishments of our club, present awards to special club members and enjoy a buffet! RSVP here now!
In 2019, we will be shaking things up and having our annual banquet at the Cityview Events Center in downtown Champaign (above the amtrak station). We'll also have some new award categories, and an after party at Quality Bar (110 N Neil)! The banquet is family-friendly, and the venue is accessible by car and transit options. We are charging a per person fee ($15/adult, $1/child under 12) to help offset the costs associated with this event.
Our annual banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our club, and we want to share the best stories of the runners in our community at the banquet. We have decided to refresh our award designations to better meet that goal. Our new award categories have parallels to the old awards, but with a new twist and approach, we hope to see a more diverse set of club members honored with their stories being told at the annual banquet.
The Illinois Club Relays are scheduled for February 23, 2019. This is a fun event where you get a chance to try something different. Second Wind Running Club is usually represented by a handful of members, but it would be great to have a larger presence in 2019! Last year, members participated in the mile, 4x4 relay, and high jump, but there are lots of other events to choose from. If interested, please contact Laura Owen by January 15th. The cost is $10 per person per event, except for relays which are $5 per person. Payment is due the day of the meet. Location: University of Illinois Armory (505 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820). If you aren't familiar, it is a 200 meter indoor track.