…driven by the simplest of reasons – the love for running
The above quote is from a relatively new running organisation: Tasmanian Road Runners (TRR).
I’ve had a lovely snoop around their web site. The Group is just starting off; the intention seems to be to build a running community: to have a place where runners in Tasmania of all paces and abilities can come together and support each other with this wonderful thing called running.
There are training programs, the offer to help find a running buddy or group in the different areas of the state and lots more support.
One of the things that took my interest was the concept of the TRR Foot Solider. The task of the Foot Soldier is to come last in the events they enter. Yes, Last! Why? This is what TRR says about their Foot Soldiers:
The TRR Foot Soldiers initiative is designed to eliminate everyone’s number one fear surrounding their first fun run – coming last! Our Foot Soldiers have one job – to come last. Well, offering support and encouragement throughout the entire race is kind of their job, too. We’ll be updating our list of Fun Runs that our Foot Soldiers will be attending throughout the year so watch this space!
Can’t say I was ever worried about coming last in a fun run (I always thought it would be inevitable – and I certainly have come almost last quite a few times), but I do know others who have been terribly concerned about this (I’d say it’s a pretty natural thing to be concerned about too). My worry when I first started running in events was that I wouldn’t be able to make it to the finish! That Pauly would come back and find me passed out on the side of the road unable to go on.
The idea of a Foot Soldier supporting the back of packers sounds awesome to me. The idea of someone there telling us we can keep going would be great! I was lucky to have my Pauly there to support and encourage my first attempts at fun runs. But what about beginner runners who don’t know anyone else who runs? Yay for Foot Soldiers, sounds great!
TRR also has TRR Angels who will be pacers at different events.
Wishing TRR all the very best with this running community building. It sounds wonderful.
Happy running 🙂
PS TRR logo and Foot Solider image shamelessly stolen from http://www.tasmanianroadrunners.org.au/.