MRTC WOMEN RUN/WALK MEMPHIS
A SHORT HISTORY
The Memphis Runner's Track Club is proud to announce that the Women Run/Walk Memphis program was named the RRCA's 2010 Outstanding Beginning Running Program (visit http://www.rrca.org/services/news-entry/rrca-announces-national-running-award-recipients/ for more info)
From Mark Higginbotham:
The Women's Distance Festival 5k may have been held two years in the 1980's. In 1993 I found a comment that Bill Butler helped out with awards and that "he had directed the race the first 2 back in the 80's". It was Ellen Murphy's passion that resurrected an MRTC women's running program from the dust of the 80's and early 90's.
I did not research that whole decade to try to find them. It was Clare Sample's organizational skills and work ethic that kept it going when we only had 40 to 50 ladies each year. Every successful organization needs a dynamic leader. Not just an organizational leader... a passionate, vocal, enthusiastic "let's go, you can do this--follow me," leader! That leader showed up in (year?), when Paula Townsend (Luton) teamed up with Clare. Paula really got the ladies excited, and Cindy Wolf and The Commercial Appeal began promoting the program, and the rest is history!
We built it. Ladies, by the hundreds, came out to run and walk and socialize on-the-move, and they got more fit in the process!
When Clare and Paula passed the torch, Rachel and DJ took it to an even higher, more organized, more enthusiastic level. And the passion and leadership is still there (in them and in all the coaches). In the wings, new leaders are growing. One day, the torch will be passed again, and this awesome MRTC training program will keep going forever and ever and ever.
8/3/91 Carol Chambers8/1/92 Rachel Ragan8/7/93 Becky Brown and Mary Humphreys7/23/94 Becky Brown7/22/95 Becky Brown1996 – not held1997 – not held6/13/98 Ellen Murphy6/12/99 Clare Sample6/10/00 Clare Sample2001 – not held2002 – not held9/6/03 Clare Sample and Paula Townsend9/11/04 Clare Sample and Paula Townsend2005 – Clare Sample and Paula Townsend2006 – Rachel Ragan and Lane Purser2007 – Rachel Ragan and DJ Watson2008 - 2015 – DJ Watson and Terri Clarke
2016 - present – Allison Shelton and Anne Forbus