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January 7, 2018

2018 hopes for San Marcos’ running community

The year 2017 is now over, and people are looking ahead to see what 2018 has in store for them.

Television, newspapers and magazines have been covering many of the events that occurred in 2017; and they give everyone a look back in review of events that took place. The topics range from sports to politics, famous people who died and some worldwide events. It is good that the media does this, as it now becomes part of history for people to look back and either make things better in 2018 and beyond, or learn from mistakes so that they can be changed and not happen again.

I thought about some of the changes that have happened in the running community in 2017 and a few years before that. For the most part, racing in San Marcos remained steady, with a small number of races disappearing and a few new races making the calendar.

Most of the races are small, with many having under 100 runners entered. The Sights & Sounds 5K remained the largest race for 2017, with roughly 850 runners taking to the streets of San Marcos.

Last year’s Moe’s Better Half Marathon came back to around 350 runners again. I think a lot of the increased number of runners was due to the fact that it was going to be the last and final running of that race. The race lasted 33 years, and was always a popular race for those runners who took advantage of running through the back country roads east of I-35. The race will be taken over by a group out of San Antonio called Scallywompus Racing, who will add a 5K and 10K distance to the event.

A few races that have gone by the wayside include the Dash For Dawn 5K and the “From Here to Eternity” 5K that started at the old Lamar school and ran through the cemetery. One lacked sponsors to fund the race, and the other lacked enough volunteers to adequately cover the course. The popular Country Roads 10K was dropped by the San Marcos Runners Club sponsorship and picked up by Core Running this year.

For most races that are in San Marcos, the profit from the race is small; but for an organization to put in a few hours of work and make any profit at all is worth the time and effort from the race committee for that group. The hardest part of putting on a race for a group is getting sponsors to help with the cost of the race. Paying for advertising, T-shirts for the runners and awards without sponsorship, you will be lucky to break even in expenses.

Most races have a specific cause for putting on the race. It can be anything from supporting an athletic team to scholarships for students, equipment for a school that cannot get funding from the budget, or helping out with a non-profit organization for needed funds.

And the problem of finding the sponsors that support that cause are often limited, and the monetary contribution is also limited to their budget. For the most part, San Marcos businesses and professionals have been supportive of many of the races here in town.

The other problem of hosting a race is getting enough volunteers to help out. Even a small 5K race needs about 20 people helping out with registration, course set-up, course marshals and aid station people. If the group is active and has a good membership, this is usually not much of a problem. If the organization is limited in the number of workers, then recruitment of outside volunteers is necessary.

Sometimes groups at the University or the high school are asked to help to fulfill service hours for that organization. Gary Job Corps has been good at helping out with volunteers at some races. But there have been several races here in town that ran into problems from not having enough volunteers to cover the aid stations or to be course marshals. Lost runners and nobody covering an aid station makes for an unhappy runner who will not return if the race is held next year.

For the most part, the year 2017 for running in San Marcos was strong. There are about four or five training groups for runners to take advantage of. San Marcos is fortunate to have a great running store in Core Running to get advice on shoe selection and training groups. Sponsorship from businesses and people has been excellent for supporting worthwhile organizations in San Marcos.

There will be a few changes in 2018 in the running community; but overall, runners in San Marcos will find enough local races to enter, and they can look forward to a productive 2018 to stay in shape and meet their fitness needs.

Moe Johnson
Dr. Maurice Johnson - better known around San Marcos as “Moe” - is a professor in the Department of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance at Texas State University - San Marcos. Moe has been a fixture in the San Marcos running community - both as a runner and race organizer - since way back when Moby Dick was a minnow. His column on running and fitness appears each Sunday in the Sports section of the San Marcos Daily Record.

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