If running has, or ever will, become part of your life, understanding what it is that makes it so special is definitely important. I get a lot out of running, whether it is from just staying active or just having the peace of mind that comes with being alone with my thoughts and removed from all of life’s normal problems. Running, in a sense, has always been very personal for me and provides a great deal of energy and satisfaction. Recently dawning on me, though, is how I can relate to others through running. The ability to relate to other people that share a similar interest in running and being able to share experiences adds more excitement and ultimately a lot more meaning. For me, it comes down to the simple fact that it’s much nicer to share a beer with a group of people that are just as tired and sweaty as you are after a long run.
Fortunately, growing up in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area I’m lucky that there are a ton of events and organizations that inspire running comradery and help share resources to make running an experience for everyone to enjoy. There are training groups like NSET (Northern Sierra Endurance Training) Reno Running and Fitness, and Silver State Striders that help build personalized fitness coaching programs. Then there are organizations that coordinate running events throughout the region such as Race178, which organizes the Reno Tahoe Odyssey, and Reno 5000 which hosts there annual Running Series including the Downtown River Run. Knowing that all of these great organizations and events are out there when living or even visiting the area is difficult, which is why I want to be able to promote a place to share running events and stories.
During my short time running, I have tried to participate in pretty much every event in or around the Reno and Lake Tahoe region. Whether it has been a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, team relay, or fun run, each of the events I have run have been memorable in their own special way. I wouldn’t say I am a running expert by any means, but when it comes to knowing what events are in the Reno/Tahoe area, I certainly have a pretty lengthy resume. I’m also not trying to say that I know EVERYTHING there is to know about running in the area, so I will try and highlight some of my favorites as they come up, but I hope to hear suggestions from anyone that’s interested.