Thursday evening is a special time when I have the joy of going for a run with some nice people. Every Thursday at 6pm the Tyoga Running Club meets for a run. To be honest, I'm not as regular as I'd like to be with my weekly runs, but I'm working at it.
Part of why I like being a member of the Tyoga Running Club (TRC) is that its fun to run with good company. That is just part of the reason though.
This short snippet from the TRC web page aptly describes what the club is all about:
"It is our pleasure to support regional athletes while promoting lifetime fitness in both youth and adults by creating outdoor activities that encourage an appreciation for the natural environment." (TRC web page)
TRC has tapped into something about what it means to live the best life possible; living into a beautifully crafted intersection of enjoying life and encouraging health and well-being in the community together.
We do some good things throughout each year. Scholarships are given for students transitioning from high school to college. A couple years ago one of the young people of the club used social media to organize a county-wide trash cleanup among the TRC members.
Perhaps the quality I appreciate most is the strong values of non-judgment and mutual encouragement that are reflective of the qualities of Jesus in the Gospel accounts. In the context of TRC it sounds like this; "whether you are able to run 1 mile or 50 miles you are welcome here. Whether you are a beginner or a professional or anywhere in-between you are an equally valued member of the group."
What organizations do you see doing some of the best work in community? (Please take a moment to leave a comment and you'll give me one more good thing to shine a light on through my blog)
When it comes to making a positive impact in our communities, we are better together.
(photos copied from TRC web page)