Like many of the good things that come out of Cumberland County, Fayetteville Running Club can trace its origin back to Fort Bragg, when in 2008, it was started by an active-duty married couple. Its mission is to promote running as part of a healthy lifestyle in the community.
The club accepts runners of all ages and abilities, whether they are beginners who are tackling their first mile or ultra-marathoners surpassing 26.2 miles.
“We encourage them to come out, and let them know that we have people from all levels, and we even have walkers,” said Glorygrace Dickinson, FRC president.
If someone is a walker, another member will walk with them and encourage them. No one is left behind, explained Dickinson, who joined in 2012 and averages a run three times a week.
“It’s (running) a great stress reliever and I’m a military widow, so it helps with my mornings. So, it’s like therapy to me,” said Dickinson, who lost her husband in 2006 in Iraq.
Being a club member also has other benefits.
It offers camaraderie and tremendous support, said Yon Kimble, FRC vice-president and a retired Army major. She joined FRC in 2014.
“It doesn’t matter what level of runner you are, it’s easier when you have that support system to run instead of trying to do things for yourself,” Kimble said.
It’s that support system that has been handy for runners training for this year’s All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon, March 26.
FRC regularly schedules runs through meetup.com (a social networking website) that enables runners to meet at a common place, such as downtown Fayetteville or the Cape Fear River Trail to train for the half- and full marathon. FRC members participate as a group in the marathon each year.
Additionally, FRC shares information on its Facebook page that details pub runs, group runs, neighborhood runs, as well as local races.
Initial membership is $30 for individuals or $35 for individual and Families, Dickinson said. Renewals are $25 per year. Membership entitles runners to 10 percent discounts at local stores that support the running community, such as The Running Spot and Dicks Sporting Goods.
Members are also encouraged to participate in outreach services. In the past, FRC has held toy drives and collected food for local food banks, said Dickinson.
The goal of the FRC seems clear.
“Get them involved into joining or getting back into a healthy lifestyle,” Dickinson said. “We want to get them involved in the community and doing stuff outside the home.”
For more information about Fayetteville Running Club, like them on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/fayrunclub/ or visit their meet-up page at www.meetup.com/FayRunClub.