Fawn V. Hernandez Photo Credit: Tomas Orihuela
When I first started running about six years ago I didn’t know anyone that was a runner, I didn’t belong to a gym where I could ask questions about running, and I felt clueless about it all. The Internet had plenty of information but it was overwhelming. I paid a visit to a local running store and the manager recommended I check out one of the weekly group runs in town. With plenty of self-doubt I decided to go to one of the runs assuming I’d watch blazing fast, super serious runners take off and leave me in their dust. This was the opposite of my actual experience and taking the step to engage with the local running community was the most influential step for my running. These group runs happen all thanks to our local Road Runners Club of America chapter, the Cajun Road Runners Club. Cajun Road Runners Club, founded by Courtney Hackney and Dr. Charles Attwood, hosted its first club meeting on October 18, 1979 in the Lafayette Planetarium near Girard Park. Robert “Bob” Sonnier, the first officially elected Vice President of CRRC, explained that since the club’s inception its mission has been to build community for those that enjoy walking and running in Acadiana. Throughout the years, CRRC races have hosted people from all over the world and even included the likes of Frank Shorter, an Olympic Gold Medalist marathoner. In addition to providing quality races with verified, measured courses CRRC offers several scholarships to upcoming high school and college students that participate in track and field or cross-country. The goal of these scholarships is to help offset the cost of gear and equipment. In addition, a donation is made to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette track and field team each year. Through the years CRRC continues to be a great starting point for would-be runners in Acadiana, as well as a lasting tradition for the local running community to center around. Whether you’re new to running or a marathon veteran, you should consider joining CRRC.
PERKS OF MEMBERSHIP ▷▷ A nice CRRC logoed athletic bag (while supplies last) ▷▷ Discount on all CRRC races ▷▷ Discount at several local running and athletic stores ▷▷ Free bus ride, food, and drinks to and from the Mardi Gras Mambo 10K, 15K, and Fun Run in Baton Rouge
▷▷ Access to club meetings with guest speakers ▷▷ Volunteer opportunities to give back ▷▷ Weekly access to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette track
▷▷ Four weekly group runs open to all paces and ages ▷▷ Lots of camaraderie and friendships!
COST OF MEMBERSHIP $25- Individual $30- Family (Up to 8 members) $15- Senior (60 years and older) $15- Junior (17 years and younger)
EVENTS ▷▷ Summer Series 1 Mile & Sneaux Cones (5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22)- This time trial series is free for members and $4 for non-members
▷▷ Big Pete’s 8K Race (9/29) ▷▷ Cajun Cup 10K (11/10) ▷▷ Al Comeaux 10 Miler (1/26) *If you complete the Big Pete 8K, Cajun Cup 10K and the Al Comeaux 10 Miler you are further awarded the Triple Crown Challenge award. Visit CajunRoadRunners.com or search for the club on Facebook for more information or to become a member.
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