Our slogan says, "Community Driven Running"! The team in this photo believes it. While planning the annual G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs and #GOATz 50k begins with us, the result ends with our "community" of runners, volunteers, families and sponsors. To thank everyone who had a hand in executing the amazing weekend we all experienced this weekend would be impossible, but we'll try.
Runners: you train, you show, you run. But that's not what impresses us the most. What impresses us the most besides your talent and will to run, is the way you treat your fellow runners and volunteers. You smile when you're tired. You say thank you when you can barely talk. You pass encouragement from runner to runner, sometimes when it is needed the most. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is huge. Thank you!
Volunteers: Wow! WOW! You never fail to bring your A game. If you don't believe us, just ask someone who ran yesterday and you'll know. We heard the compliments All. Day. Long. The respect you show our runners is unparalleled. The support you show us as a race team is second to none. The term ask and it shall be done is never more true than on race weekend. Thank You!
A special thank you to the Capital Striders Turkeys from Des Moines, IA for bringing their special brand of support and fun yet again. The positive comments about the half way aid station seemed endless. Thank You!
Families: What can you say about the familial support? Whether they are holding down the fort at home, or traveling to a race in Omaha, NE and sitting patiently while you you run or we work, their support is absolutely necessary. Without it, none of us gets to do what we love. If you have a friend or family member who was instrumental in your accomplishment this weekend, share this post with them and tell them thank you from us!
Sponsors: Last but not least, we must thank our sponsors. Are we a broken record yet. To be a sponsor of the G.O.A.T.z, you must believe in what we do, and understand what we do. Our mission is simple, their support is necessary. With them and you, we are making our mark in the Greater Omaha Area, not just as a running group, or as trail advocates, but as good standing members of our communities. Because of them and you, we get to put on races and conduct maintenance in area parks. We get to have KIDz days, volunteer appreciation nights. We get to host FREE races that donate to area charities (Gravel Classic) and support those of our friends who have causes very near and dear to them ( Tails 'n Trails Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Walk and Feast and Feathers Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K ). Thank you to our title sponsor Canfield's Sporting Goods, Billy Goat sponsors, Handyman Joes, Red Dirt Running Company, Mama's Pizza Omaha, Nanny Goat sponsors, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, Palmer Massage Therapy, Kid sponsors, Moore's Concrete Construction, Inc., A.C. Nelsen RV World, and Schmitt Chiropractic & Rehab for your continued support of us and our mission.
As always, we got it good! THANK YOU all for another great weekend at Lake Cunningham!
Scott, Jody, TJ, and Will