NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE

Dear Club Members:

Normally we are at the point in the year when Marie and Dan Holland start planning for the annual Club Holiday Party and Lysa Jones is sending out the E-vites.  The Holiday Party is typically the second weekend of December right after Brian’s Run weekend, which is when the Club has served hot chocolate to spectators watching the race.  It should come as no surprise that there will be no hot chocolate booth and the Club is cancelling the festive gathering part of the Holiday Party this year. 

But please be aware that we are not cancelling the food drive that we make part of the Club Holiday Party every year. 

Here’s what we are doing: Between now and December 13th the Club will be collecting can goods, nonperishables, and other household necessities and then donating them to the West Chester Food Cupboard.  

Many of you know that the Club has historically supported the Food Cupboard and that support has never been as critical as it is now.  

You can drop off donations at Marie and Dan’s house, 418 North Matlack St in West Chester, there will be a collection bin on their front porch.  You can also drop off donations with a Club member as part of the Club’s 7:30 am Saturday morning run at the West Chester Borough YMCA on Chestnut street.  Just plan to be at the YMCA between 7:15 AM and 7:30 AM

Finally, if your schedule is busy and getting to West Chester is a hassle, let me know and we will arrange for someone to swing by and pick up your donation.  

We may have had our running opportunities crushed these past 9 months, but as a Club we have still managed to provide a meaningful contribution to our community.

Notably, we handed out $5,000 in scholarships to 5 deserving student athletes and some Club members made a $600 donation to help provide meals to those in need. And just this past weekend Club members helped decorate downtown West Chester for the holidays with a community service project “Hanging of the Greens.” Please remember to visit our website for additional information and pictures of these noteworthy events. 

Let’s end 2020 on a great note with a huge food collection and make 2021 the year we talk about all that the Club accomplished and not about how Covid restricted our running. 

Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday season!!!

WCRC Executive Board, 11/23/20
Dave, Ryan, Dan, Jason, Annie

 

SATURDAY GROUP RUNS ARE BACK!

WCRC’s Saturday morning Group Runs will resume in a modified format on Saturday, September 12th! 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.

 

MAY UPDATE FROM THE WCRC BOARD:

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

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.

 

RECENT EVENTS

Hanging of the Greens

In November 2020 Club members helped decorate downtown West Chester in the annual Hanging of the Greens event.  Volunteers and shop owners alike decked out downtown businesses with pine roping and red bows.

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!