New Executive for 2018

We had a great turnout at our AGM a couple weeks ago. Here is your executive for 2018:

President – Charlotte Bierman

Vice President – Donlea Holman

Treasurer – Mark Poirier

Secretary – Shawna Holman

Media Liaison – Tina McLean

Sponsorship Coordinator – Shelby Hopp

Volunteer Coordinator – Justine O’Leary

Website/Membership Registration – Jennifer Bowen

Race Director for Brian Harms Memorial – Hans Bjornson

Executive positions 2018

Join us at our 2018 AGM this Sunday, February 25 at 10 a.m. in the Eastlink Centre boardroom (2nd floor near fitness area).

Here are the positions we need to fill:

President – chairs monthly meetings, organizes and delegates work.

Treasurer – manages the finances

Media Liaison – promotes the club using various forms of networking and media

New positions we would love to fill:

Volunteer Coordinator

Sponsorship Coordinator

Spring Training Leaders Needed

LEADERS!!! We need you!!! Have you run or walked 5, 10, or 21 km? Do you want to give back to the community and encourage people to get active, and watch people reach their goals? We need group leaders for our spring training sessions and we can’t do it without you!
Sundays at 9 starting February 25 until May 6.
If you can commit to all or some of these sessions, please attend our meeting on February 20, 6:30pm at Starbucks on 68th. If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/382640215516819/?ti=icl

January Events

Resolution Run – January 1

Ring in the new year on the right (and left) foot! Join us for the 2018 Resolution Run. Details here. No registration or RSVP necessary, but if you’re on Facebook let us know you’re coming. And spread the word!

Run Club Meeting – January 15

7 pm at Starbucks on 68th ave

See what the club is all about! These meetings tend to last an hour. Interested in setting up an event committee for a fun run? This is the venue for you! No RSVP needed, but if you’re on Facebook, let us know you’re coming or interested.

Spring Training Planning

At our January club meeting, we will be discussing our Spring Training. Are you an experienced runner or walker who wants to give back to the community by encouraging others who are learning to run, learning to run a new distance, interested in race walking, or increasing their walk endurance? Please attend our January meeting (above), or email gprunwalk@gmail.com. It’s an 11-week commitment on Sunday mornings starting February 23 … you don’t have to commit to each Sunday because we know how busy everyone is. We would appreciate consistency for those participating, but we will take what we can get! It’s also a great way to meet new people!

 

 

Welcome Freshii!

We have exciting news, members! We are very pleased to announce a brand new membership sponsor for 2018… Freshii!

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Freshii’s mantra is Eat. Energize. We felt that fit in perfectly with what our members want to do, so when you buy a GP Run/Walk membership for 2018, you will get 10% off at Freshii. Borrowed from their website, Freshii has “7 different menu categories – bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies & juices – and each one is full of innovation.” Find them across from Intersport (another club sponsor!) on the west side.

If you’ve already purchased a membership for 2018, check your email for a note about how to get your discount (it’s a pass-phrase, rather than showing your card).

Links:

Freshii’s website (check out the menu!)

Freshii GP on Facebook

Get your 2018 membership here

 

2018 Memberships Now Available!

Membership Registration for 2018 Now Available! Click Here!!!

  • Adult Membership – $26 annually (calendar year)
  • Child/Teen Membership – $15 annually (calendar year)
  • Couple/Family Membership – $52 annually (calendar year)

Why should you buy a membership?

As a member of the Grande Prairie Run/Walk Club, you receive:

  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Ernie’s Sports Experts
  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Intersport
  • 10% off All Regular Price Items at Walk, Run & More
  • Discounts on race/event registration (value of $10 per event)
  • FREE Spring Training (value of $40) – Sundays starting February 23
  • Admission to the Annual General Meeting / Social – February 23 at Eastlink Centre, 10am in the boardroom.
  • Plus, your membership fees help support the Grande Prairie Run/Walk Club, which has been operating in the Peace Country (under various name changes) for over 40 years!
  • We will update this page as additional benefits become available!

Purchase online using the link at the top of the page or in person, cash/cheque at the AGM on February 23, 10 am, Eastlink Centre Boardroom.

If you own or manage a business and are interested in joining us by providing discounts to our members, email us at gprunwalk@gmail.com.

Survey Highlights

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. We’ve put together a few responses to some of the comments provided.

Those of you on Facebook would have already seen some of these responses. But that leads me to comment and response #1:

  1. Better advertisement, some people don’t use Facebook.

Absolutely! We could definitely do a better job at that. We try as much as possible to post everything from our website then share it to Facebook. Sometimes it’s out of our control, races not organized by our club tend to get advertised on our Facebook page. Some things still slip through the cracks, and we will be more mindful of that in 2018.

Outside events have always been welcome to advertise on our Facebook page, but we have found advertising on behalf of other events on our website was too time-consuming to maintain.

Aside from our website and Facebook, there are other forms of advertisement like radio and newspaper, of course. We would love to see some volunteers interested in advertising step up this year at our AGM on February 25 (10 a.m. at Eastlink Centre Boardroom) to handle some of that advertising for us as a media liaison or marketing director.

2. A couple of comments were related to the cost of our races. One respondent said “it shouldn’t cost $50+ to race 5k.”

It may cost more than you may realize to put on a race (paying for timers, paying volunteer groups since no one wants to work for free, paying St. John’s Ambulance to keep everyone safe, paying for swag that participants may not end up buying, just to name some of the costs) and we’ve also been lacking the resources in recent years in volunteers to help source sponsors for our races. However, none of our races cost more than $45 to enter.

In fact, if you had a membership, the most you would pay for our races was $35. I think sometimes because we do share everyone’s races on our Facebook page, it gets confusing about who is organizing that race.

Last year, we put on the Resolution Run (free), Brian Harms ($11-$45), Press Run ($11-45), and the Jingle Bell Run (donations to the food bank).

We would definitely encourage you to attend a club meeting if you have concerns about the costs and where the money goes. Volunteer your time and see what it takes to put on a race.

3. More races! More running groups!

There is nothing we would love more than to put on more races, events, and running groups. Unfortunately, what we lack is the volunteers. Volunteers on event day (because everyone tends to want to participate instead) and volunteers to help organize these events and lead training groups. The survey results themselves show the huge gap we have between amount of people who want events and who are willing to help. The majority of those we classed as “yes” were people who said maybe. At the end of the survey, we asked those who did say yes to send us an email. We got about 3 emails.

So as much as we would love to have an event as often as every month, we need way more people to help out. So if you have an idea for a fun run and have the motivation to help organize it, come to a meeting! We will build a committee and make it happen!

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