WCRC members:

We should all be feeling extra pride today as the West Chester Running Club continues to make meaningful contributions to our community.

I am pleased to tell you about a recent donation several Club members made to the West Chester Food Cupboard as well as the Club’s awarding of scholarships to help further the continuing education of five graduating Chester County high school seniors.

This past week a small group of Club members pooled some money left over from years of evening dinners and made a donation in the name of the Club to the West Chester Food Cupboard.  The donation of almost $600 will help to lessen the difficulty that some families in the West Chester area are having putting food on the table.  Well done!

And just this week, the WCRC Scholarship Committee selected five student athletes to award individual $1,000 scholarships.  As always, the winners are amazing individuals, two of them with compelling stories that made the selection process even more rewarding.

The recipients are Alicia Stevance of Great Valley, Ally Clark of West Chester East, Gina Lusvardi of Kennett, Lalitha Shanmugasundaram of Downingtown STEM, and Megan Baker of Henderson.  Congratulations to these student athletes!

We should offer special thanks to Ann Tierney who organizes the entire Scholarship effort beginning with the solicitation of applicants, to managing the receipt of applications, and then coordinating the review and selection process.  And also we should recognize the very generous donors to the Scholarship Fund.  Most of the donors, preferring to remain anonymous, have shown a stout commitment to supporting the Club’s ability to distinguish itself as well as the efforts of graduating high school seniors. Over the years the Club has awarded close to $50,000 in scholarships.

So, when the news might not be accentuating the positive lately, please think of what our Club is doing in our community and be proud and smile.

WCRC Executive Board, 5/28/20
Dave, Ryan, Dan, Annie, Jason

CLUB RUNS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

All regularly scheduled group runs and workouts are cancelled until further notice. We hope to be back out running as a club very soon!!!

TUESDAY NIGHTS AT RUSTIN

From November to February our Tuesday night group runs will be held at Rustin High School. Please bring a headlamp or light if you have one and wear reflective clothing if possible.  The warm up starts at 6pm sharp and leaves from the “flagpole” parking lot near the school’s Farm Lane/Shiloh Road entrance.

Tuesday night workouts typically consist of a warmup followed by intervals on the 1 mile loop around the school’s parking lots. Details of each week’s workout are announced in advance to current club members by email.

SATURDAY GROUP RUNS

Weekly group runs leave from the front door of the YMCA on Chestnut Street every Saturday at 9AM. All paces are welcome!! The route typically goes to West Goshen Park (5-6 miles) with options to add on or reduce mileage as needed.

Please check Facebook or the WCRC email list if you have any questions about a Saturday morning run.

RECENT EVENTS

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!