1000 Mile Challenge for 2015

I read an article about a lady in a local magazine about women in the community. The article talked about her running in marathons and ultra races (over 26.2 miles). It mentioned that she had earned her 1000 Mile Club jacket for a local running club the Peachtree City Running Club. To earn the jacket, members have to run or walk 1000 miles in a calendar year from the club’s Christmas party to the next Christmas party. Members also have to complete a few other requirements which include, attend at least 3 meetings, volunteer at 3 running events/races, and complete 3 mileage updates at the meetings. Those who signup and complete the requirements are than recognized at the Christmas party and awarded the 1000 mile jacket. Some members complete multiple years of 1000 miles or more and have earned 5K ,10K, 15K, 20K, and 25,000  mile jackets. The years do not have to be consecutive, but the requirements have to be met for each year.

Faster Better StrongerSo my husband and I joined the Peachtree City Running Club this year and signed up for the challenge. You can keep track of our progress with the 1000 Mile widget on the side of the Blog.

 1000 Miles for 2015 Recap

Friday December 4th, 2015 was the Peachtree City Running Club’s Christmas party where the runners who finished the 1,000 mile challenge, received their jackets. They also gave 5,000, 10,000, 15,000, and 20,000 mile jackets as well to those runners who met the qualifications.

You receive one 1,000 mile jacket, but if you continue to fulfill the requirements for four more years (they do not need to be consecutive) you will earn a 5,000 mile jacket, then every 5 years you can earn a jacket if you complete the challenge for five years. We are all just a little proud of our jackets. We put quite a lot of sweat and some tears into earning these jackets.

It wasn’t an easy task and it wasn’t as difficult as we thought it would. We were a little worried that it would be a hard goal to reach. Not to say it wasn’t hard at times, sometimes the last thing I wanted to do was run. But by my experience, things that you think will be too hard to accomplish usually aren’t as hard as we think they will be.

If you are thinking about this challenge or one similar, don’t just think it’s too hard,” I can’t do this.” Say instead” I will do my best and see what I can do.” If you look at a challenge in its entirety then it may seem too difficult to accomplish. But when you look at it in smaller portions, you see it differently. If you look at this challenge as I only have to run/walk 19 1/4 miles a week. That’s when you say,” Hay, I just might be able to do this thing.” You just may be surprised at what amazing things you can accomplish when you give yourself the chance. It’s an amazing feeling when you work so hard for something that you aren’t quite sure you’ll be able to finish, and then you crush it. Wow!

These are the recipients of the 1,000 mile jackets for 2015

Leigh Blood
Bunny Boggs
Ken Christensen
Ruth Christensen
Logan Feldman
Lou Forero
Sandy Forero
Gail Fox
Laxmi Lyengar
Randall Myers
Canon Snow
Jane Stemkoski
Wini Stephens
Kriti Threatt
Will Welsh

Ken and I

Ken and I

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1st Year 1000 Mile Jacket Recipients

5,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are

Mitch Butler
Jill Lego
10,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are

Teresa More
Anastasia Walker
15,000 mile jacket recipient for 2015 is

Richard Allis
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20,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are

Bob Dalton
Jerry Shoemake

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If you live in the Peachtree City area and wish to join the club and sign up for this program please don’t hesitate. I would love to see you there.

For question about this program, you can see the requirements at www.ptcrc.com or you can contact the 1,000 mile Club Coordinator, Teri Besch, at besch105@comcast.net

All these runners were very proud of their accomplishments, it took a lot of dedication and never giving up to earn these jackets and I’m sure they’ll be treasured for years to come.

2 thoughts on “1000 Mile Challenge for 2015”

  1. Wow, that’s a great goal! I wish you the best of luck! The other requirements about volunteering and such seem fun too.

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