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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and More  - Nov. 24, 2020
The health and safety of our runners is our #1 priority. 

To begin, we are grateful for this wonderful gift of running. And we're thankful for you and the love, goodness, and hope you've shared with us this year. Oh, what a journey it's been. And we are better because of each other.

To all who have run this fall's virtual marathons (Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco). You are amazing.

Additionally, COVID-19 isn't going away and our actions save lives. So, thank you for doing below...
👉🏾 Wear a mask. 
👉🏾 Wash your hands. 
👉🏾 Physically distance.
👉🏾 Avoid mixing with people outside your household. 

Our SFRRC runs remain canceled until further notice and the City's Public Health Order for residents to STAY HOME continues

On a positive note, we can go outside for a run. That is not canceled. Of course, when outside, please be ever vigilant to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from any other person (we encourage far more additional space when exercising particularly if running behind another person based upon simulations that we've seen), avoid groups, and 
cover your face.

In our efforts to keep the SFRRC community connected and healthy we're been grateful for Jenny Maier and the "Yoga for Runners / Athletes Lab" she did for us this year, for our Social Media Directors of Aude and Alisa and our Membership Directors of Troy, Grace, and George for our running contests and other activities. Our final Book Club read and discussion of this year will take place on the 1st Sunday in December (Rickey Gates books on his fascinating run across America—join us!), and we're still encouraging running, of course.

High Level: Our sincere THANK YOU to every grocery store worker, pharmacist, delivery worker, and, of course, our nurses (including our March Member of the Month - Diodita) and doctors, and everybody on the front line and helping support our healthcare system and keep our city safe. Plus, to the researchers in the scientific community looking to find a cure for this pandemic, thank you.

Personal LevelLet’s do our best to make this time a little better for othersIf you run, from afar maybe give a nod, wave, smile, "hello" or a thumbs up. And, on a different note, let's say "thank you" a little more often to those serving us. The world can use more love right now and everybody appreciates it. Social isolation is also real, so during these trying times let's check in with our loved ones and others too. We are grateful that the SFRRC spirit is alive and that you are such a conscientious and empathetic crew.

Additionally and fundamentally, we stand in solidarity and support of everybody's right to safety and stand against all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, injustice, and violence. Where others seek to divide, let us promote unity. To our Black community, please know we are your allies. We are listening, learning, and taking steps to be better and make this a safe and equitable place for you and all. We have updated ouSFRRC Code of Conduct Policy with this in mind and in our steadfast commitment to be an anti-racist organization.

We have two more virtual movie nights this year. This Sunday, we are showing "Unbreakable" about the Western States 100-mile endurance race. Then, in the middle of December we are having a virtual screening of "Race" (a terrific movie on the story of Jessie Owens and him winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics) to open conversation and learn

We appreciate each one of you very much and look forward to seeing you (and running with you) again. With much gratitude and hope. We miss you.

Live happy. Lift others. And, of course, stay safe. Let's make this world (and our city) a better place. 

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

John Brust 

President, SFRRC
P.S. It is with joy that we bring this uplifting story to you. We held back on sharing immediately because we needed to be attentive to the coronavirus situation/health orders that were beginning. But, in the first half of March, Chau Smith completed her quest of running a marathon in each of the 50 States... at the Big Island International Marathon (replete with waterfalls, surfers, lava beaches, sea spray, and rain forest) with all of her family present.

Club members: We'll keep you posted with weekly emails and updates when available. 

NOTE: Wash hands with soap and water, cover your cough or sneeze, and other guidance is available at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

What are your fitness/running goals? Join our SFRRC community to get connected during this shelter-in-place. We are hosting live "Athlete's Lab / Yoga for Runners" sessions via Zoom on Wednesday evenings for Club Members and your guests. And if you need to go outside for a run or walk, we're having a running "challenges" happening often. They are good fun! Plus, get an SFRRC running shirt and new mask (usable for running) that we've worked with Boco Gear on!

And after these days of solo running are over, we look forward to having you join us, San Francisco's largest running club, on the streets (track and trails too) of our city, for our happy hours, 
educational club nights, breakfasts and more! Whether you are training for a 5k or marathon or just want to run with some good/kind people, the San Francisco Road Runners are with you.


We typically run five times a week: Saturday for our Club Runs (75+ runners), Tuesday nights at Kezar Track, Wednesday nights from Sports Basement-Presidio, Thursday nights along the Embarcadero, and Sunday mornings on trails in Marin. Now over 500 members (as of January 2019) of all ages and training paces from 7:00 min/mile to 11:00 min/mile, you'll find plenty running at your pace.

Train or qualify for Boston with us or train for San Francisco or one of the World Marathon Majors or another destination race or one of your choice. It’s way more fun and a lot easier with others... especially the long runs.

SFRRC's inaugural Running Camp took place in early May of 2019 in Occidental and its surrounding trails/roads and the Sonoma coast... kicking-off on the lovely Kortum trail.

SFRRC Book Club - we read four books in 2019 and they began again in February 2020!

If you're not a club member, learn about the benefits & become a member today! Start getting our emails, connect with our running community, get run locations (group runs returning soon, fingers crossed), race discounts, shoe and store discounts, coaching/workouts, training schedules, and more.

In 2018, we begin our Member of the Month to recognize someone who brings a particularly positive contribution to the club... it might be from a comeback story, or their joyful/helpful presence at club runs, or they inspire others with their beautiful spirit, or they trained with us and ran one exceptional race.

We invite our all our San Francisco Road Runners Club members to join us on Strava (a joyful social network for runners). Think of it as a way to encourage one another and keep track of your running at the same time. Plus, look back at how you did on previous runs, workouts, and races.

More SFRRC info on Strava HERE . Regardless, we hope to see you soon. Please join us!

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What more can we say… Alejandra has been lifting our club and people since the moment she joined a little over three and a half years ago. One of the first things she asked was “how can I help?” But she was already helping lifting spirits and souls at club runs with her presence. And her genuine care for everybody was immediately clear. When she was with us… Ale was always looking out for the person who might need a little help or lift. Soon, she offered to help us start/host our soon to be always sold-out SFRRC Movie Nights in the amazing 35-seat theater in her building. Then, we started our Club Ambassador Team. And, of course, Ale was just a natural fit to be on that first team. We’re not sure where in Ale’s tenure in the club, but shortly after joining us at for track and for our Saturday club runs, she personally broke thru her Boston Qualifying barrier. And we named Alejandra our (amazing) race captain for the Boston Marathon in 2019. And oh did she dial-in just the most perfect Italian pre-race pasta (yes, gluten-free options) team dinner. 

All these wonderful contributions to the success of the San Francisco Road Runners aside, Ale simply fills others with light and brings joy to our club and our members. Thank you for being you, Ale. You make us so much better!!

What advice would you give to runners or those training for a race eventually?
"Listen to your body. If you are tired, stop, and rest. If you feel you can give it a bit more, then go back and do it harder without fear. Enjoy the pain; it feels amazing to earn something."

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