With February coming to a close and Punxsutawney Phil claiming an early spring, time has come to start planning the spring running program at Indian River School. This spring will be slightly different than the past, as scheduling dictates that practices will begin before my return from Florida. However, thanks to the wonderful and generous support of the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team (DERT), who energetically volunteered their time throughout the fall season, not all will be lost. The addition of DERT to the running program has been a huge asset and only furthers the connection between the college and community, providing great role models for the middle schoolers to look up to.
Without access to a track facility, once again, the spring program will be centered around various local 5k trail and road races. Focusing on road races, rather than track meets, allows for a larger community involvement and the ability for family and friends to compete alongside the IRS runners. I am grateful that the Upper Valley is home to so many wonderful races throughout the year. Being able to find races within an hour drive from Hanover almost every weekend of the spring and summer only shows the popularity of running and societal’s demand for healthy activities. It is great to be apart of such a community.
While snow continues to fall in the Northeast, and I battle it out in eighty degree temperatures here in Florida, I begin to get excited for the spring running to start- both that of Indian River School, and my own track season. I just hope that Phil was right, and spring is just around the corner.
Until next time,