October Indoor Track Update!
I wanted to put a quick post about the indoor track project. This is moving so fast that I feel like any information I share will be outdated by the time you read this. In the past week, a few things have transpired, and I wanted to make everyone aware of where we are as of now.
The Carroll Indoor Track at the Shipley Arena (our tentative name) has officially partnered with the Community Foundation of Carroll County. By doing so, we have been set up with our 5013C status and can start fundraising. Last month, when I sent out the newsletter, we had someone email me asking how they could donate towards the project. We now can take donations that can be claimed as a tax write off (the link is below). I would like to say Laura – that was such an awesome email and it made us all excited that people in the community are going to get behind this. Thank you.
For those who don’t know our goal is to have a removable, banked, indoor track up and running in the Shipley Arena by November of 2018. The Shipley Arena is located at the Ag Center, which gives us a great location with ample parking and a building that is already established. This is a very short amount of time to get this going but the likelihood of indoor track being canceled at the high school level within two years is very real. We need the community support on this, and in the coming months, you’ll hear about various fundraising campaigns and events to help raise some of the funds as well as spread the word to all local runners. The track will be used by youth, high school, colligate and adult runners from November through February.
I am delighted in saying that for the time being I have been named President of the track and the track project. I will be putting a team around me to help make this happen, but it will certainly take me out of the shop from time to time. I would never sign on to a project that would effect Run Moore if I didn’t think it was extremely important and if I did not have the right people to help keep the store going in its current direction. Thank you all for the continued support of the shop, and I ask you to please help spread the word about this project. To pull this off, it’s going to take a total team effort from everyone, much like having a successful track team.
Want to help? Donate here: Carroll County Indoor Track
Cross-country was my introduction into running. I joined my high school team as a freshman and have never looked back. Usually, around this time of the year, I am thinking of my days of struggling through the dip and Hereford or the seven years of competing at Van Cortland Park. However, while the leaves are screaming for fall running, my head is wrapped up in the confines of the indoor track.
I am currently working with a group to bring an indoor track to the county. It’s a project that has had me feeling excited, frustrated, anxious, overwhelmed and proud.
At times the size and scope of what we are doing almost seem impossible. I feel a bit over my head throwing around figures that involve “millions” of dollars. However, the reality is, if we can’t get something figured out soon, there is a good chance that high school indoor track in Carroll County could be canceled.
When all of this started, I think I told my wife that there was an 8% chance of it coming to fruition. As time dragged on, I put it down to 4%.
As of this moment, I have that number around 33%. We are getting momentum and possible funding that would not affect any other sports or county money. In the last couple days, the support for this project has been tremendous. It’s clear there is a need in this area, for an indoor track and it is great that the community is behind it.
I will provide updates as frequently as I can, and share as much as I am allowed. I am not promising this is going to happen, but we will work as hard as we can to find to try to ensure that indoor track never has to be shut down due to funding.
It because of this wonderful community that projects like this can even be considered. Who knows, if this all works out we could have a brand new track in two years!
Want to help? Donate here: Carroll County Indoor Track
I have a unique perspective on the growth of the store. While our official grand opening was August 19, 2014, to me, it was born that February of 2014. My youngest son Cooper was just born, and while I had a few days off work, I needed running shoes; this is where the idea for Run Moore was born. Each milestone achieved, both of the store and my son, is inseparable for me. People ask, “How long has Run Moore been around?” And to me, the answer is, “Long enough to tread water in the pool with floaties on.”
When I sat down to write this intro for our newsletter, I had a much harder time than usual. I can normally sit down and just start typing, but this time I found it to be very difficult. It’s hard to put in words what I’m feeling right now, but I’ll try.
When someone I don’t know walks into the shop and asks how I am, I typically respond, “I’m living the dream.” It seems like it is said in jest, but I really mean it. Every day I get to talk about my passion: running. It is crazy how we have turned this small idea of opening up my own shop into reality in less than three years -and the result is more than I could have dreamed of. With your help, we have won awards and expanded our store. We have been a part of many people’s running journies and successes. We have partnered with local charities to raise funds for a variety of causes and have helped runners achieve their personal goals.
Through Run Moore, I have been able to share my passion for running with the community. I have been hosting a radio show about fitness each week, and next Spring I’ll be teaching a class on trail running. The things we’ve done and seen would have been unfathomable to me a few years ago.
Not to mention I am feeling healthy and looking to compete in another Fall marathon myself. After three years, I feel like I finally have a really good balance between the shop, my family, and my own running.
These opportunities that have come along would not have been possible without such an incredible community and wonderful staff. Just last week we received our 94th 5-star review on Facebook. This one felt special though because the review was about an experience when I was not in the shop, it was just my capable staff. Thanks to them I can find other venues to grow the store. I have faith in their ability to provide our customers with the best experience and knowledge.
Thanks to them I can volunteer at a charity event at the hospital one day and plan a 5k course the next. It is wonderful to be surrounded by staff who care just as much as I do about the shop and running. I am so fortunate to have such amazing people working with me who legitimately care about each customer and want to see Run Moore grow.
I hope to be able to thank everyone who has made this dream a reality in the upcoming week. The Three Year Anniversary on Saturday, August 19th, should be a lot of fun. Even if you’re not in the market for anything, please stop by and have a bite to eat so I can say thank you. I am so excited about the direction we are headed, and I can’t wait to see where the business will be in another three years.