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.
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
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5,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are
10,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are
15,000 mile jacket recipient for 2015 is
20,000 mile jacket recipients for 2015 are
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.