Why I love running, and maybe you should too...

Why do I love running?  Simple.  Runners are among the most giving, supportive, and encouraging athletes I have ever encountered.  Since I began running regularly 17 years ago I have met friends that I never knew I couldn’t live without. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an extraordinary community of kind-hearted people. 

The physiological benefits of running are not revelations. We can all appreciate the health-enhancing effects of cardiovascular exercise, but one of the greatest aspects of running is the wonderful community of people you will be able to meet by engaging in the pastime.

The friends I’ve made and experiences I’ve shared over the years have helped shape my world in a tremendously positive way. The groups I have run with are composed of some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Many are involved in charitable work and donate their time, money, or services to helping others in need. Virtually all have been extraordinarily supportive of their running compatriots, regardless of ability level.

I’ve seen elite caliber runners slow down to help or mentor beginners. I’ve witnessed runners sacrifice time and place finishes simply because a fellow runner was struggling and needed some extra support to make it to the finish line. I’ve known highly competitive people to compromise their training splits to spend quality run time with their significant other.

If you’ve been on the fence about giving running a try, just remember that there is a whole world of people that will welcome you with open arms, support you and encourage you, every step of the way. We’ve been there, and we hope to see you on the road sometime soon!

And to all my running buddies over the years – thanks so much for sharing the roads and trails with me. Looking forward to many more miles with all of you.

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Doug Sklar