|Courtney Thompson and Tim Gruber interviewing on Spider_TV|
following the races. Go Spiders!
This was the 14th year for the Spider Alumni open and the second year we've hosted the USATF-Virginia Cross Country Championships as part of the event. To say I look forward to this meet is really an understatement. No one is likely to understand what it means to both Lori and I to have our alumni back in Richmond, watch our current teams compete for the first time and catch up with old friends and officials. It's something old coaches appreciate and look forward to...even when it is a busy few days leading into and hours surrounding the races. A couple words might be all that are spoken in the hustle of administering the races, but it's exciting to see the former athletes, see them interacting with each other and to hear what they are doing in the world. Lori and I are grateful for the efforts of so many to make it to the meet to support the teams.
What a remarkable transition we've seen in our 14 years here at UR. From an emerging group of young people, who on some levels were unsure of what was around the next corner who grew into confident leaders determined to bring the Richmond Spiders to the next level and now parents themselves, leading the way for their children. Let me say...plane and simple...that's what life is about---Family. How simple, yet awesome the moment was!
The USATF-Virginia Championship race started things off and what a surprise it was to see so many USATF Officials at the course to ensure a championship race experience. Our hats off and many thanks to them for their efforts, not just this weekend but every weekend.
We are already looking forward to next year!
|A great crowd greeted runners from across Virginia|
for the USATF-Virginia Cross Country Championships
and runners from the University of Richmond, Davidson,
George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth
University for the 2015 Spider Alumni Open.
|Hot and humid...That's September cross country|
|Collegiate Running Association Board Member, |
Matt Hannay starts checking numbers as
runners begin moving to the start line
for the 2015 USATF-Virginia
Cross Country Championships.
|Even the dogs were out to cheer on the runners.|