I hope everyone is safe and well. The need for layers and reflective material to our running attire means that we’ve entered the cold weather phase of our running cycle. And with this comes some planning news for our West Chester Running Club members. With the pandemic still lingering like a balky Rob Jones hamstring, we won’t be organizing an indoor Club Holiday Party, but we will be carrying on some seasonal activities for club members.
On November 20th, Club members can help decorate downtown West Chester with the annual Hanging of the Greens. Our volunteer slot is 11:30 AM and you can contact Jason Britton for sign-up or questions.
Then on Saturday December 11th, we plan to meet at Yori’s Bakery on Church Street in West Chester for a morning run and coffee and donuts. We’ll meet at 8:00 AM and plan on a 45 minute run or walk. Once we’ve finished, the coffee and donuts are on the Club. Hopefully we’ll get a good turnout, and if you aren’t running right now, don’t let that stop you from enjoying a donut with other Club members.
December 11th will also kick off our West Chester Food Cupboard collection, which will run until December 21st. For several years the Club has collected can goods, nonperishables, and other household necessities and then donated them to the West Chester Food Cupboard. So bring any donations with you to our Yori’s run, and then after that you can drop off donations at Marie and Dan Holland’s house, 418 North Matlack St in West Chester, there will be a collection bin on their front porch.
Donations can also be made as part of the Club’s 7:30 AM Saturday morning runs at the West Chester Borough YMCA on Chestnut street, just plan to be at the YMCA between 7:15 and 7:30 and we’ll accept your donations. We’ll even arrange for someone to swing by and pick up your donation if your schedule is busy and getting to West Chester is a hassle.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that your Club officers continue to meet routinely and discuss the status of the Club. We’re very interested in expanding running opportunities and leadership roles. So if you have interest in leading a group run or have an idea about an activity for the Club, please reach out to one of the Club officers. I look forward to catching up with others at the upcoming events or our Saturday morning runs.
SATURDAY GROUP RUNS BACK!
Join WCRC for a Saturday morning group run! Meet outside the door of the YMCA on Chestnut Street at 7:30AM. We’ll say hello and then run in the Borough at our own paces.
In the interest of social distancing our Saturday morning group runs will be more of a “meet up and run your own way” event rather than a traditional big group run. The Club will suggest a running route in advance; please check FB for updates.
Hanging of the Greens (2021)
On November 20th volunteers from WCRC participated in the annual Hanging of the Greens by decking out storefronts in downtown West Chester with pine roping and bows. Thank you to everyone who helped bring the holiday spirit to West Chester!
Community Service: Brandywine Clean Up
Thank you to the club members who participated in Brandywine Red Clay Alliance’s Annual Brandywine Clean Up event! WCRC focused on cleaning up the Thompson Bridge area in Delaware and enjoyed beautiful weather and great company. A lot of appreciative bikers, runners and drivers shouting out thank yous as they passed by.
Hanging of the Greens (2020)
Brian’s Run Course Marshaling and Hot Chocolate Station
West Chester Running Club supported the 41st annual Brian’s Run on Sunday, December 8th. Club members directed traffic and runners on the course and provided complimentary hot chocolate and cookies to spectators and competitors post-race.
Kids’ Day at the Races
Dozens of children and their families joined WCRC on Friday, June 14th for the annual Kids’ Day at the Races. The night featured races of varying distances for ages 2-12 at the beautiful Oakbourne Park in Westtown Township. Thank you to Bill and Betty Dawson for your support of this event over the years!
Yori’s Bakery Run
West Chester Running Club hosted our annual spring Bakery Run on Saturday, March 23rd. Several brave runners endured the cold and blustery spring weather and enjoyed fresh donuts and coffee at Yori’s Bakery after a run around the borough.
Brian’s Run – Club Hot Chocolate Station
WCRC hosted a hot chocolate station (with whipped cream!) near the corner of Biddle and Matlack during this iconic West Chester race. Thank you to all of the club members who came out in the dreary weather to race, cheer and volunteer!
WCRC Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party was held on December 7th. Club members enjoyed delicious food and great company. Thank you to our hosts, Dan and Marie Holland!