I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to one more walk in 2017 this Saturday. Happy and healthy New Year to you and your families!
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- Join the GVWC Team for one of your 2018 Fitness Goals – April 28 Cap City Race
- Review of Holiday Lights Walk
- New – GVWC Steering Committee – Be Part of It!
- Free Feetures Socks from Second Sole
- GVWC Annual Membership Dues – Due December 31
- Giving a Little, Getting So Much – Tutoring at Stewart Elementary
Starting to Create Your Fitness Goals for 2018? Here’s One We Can Do As A Club
It is the time of year when many people review their accomplishments over the past year and look to making improvements for the coming year. As you set your fitness goals for 2018, consider adding one that we can do together as a Club: sign up for, train, and compete in the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, or 5K race on Saturday, April 28. Maybe this will be your first race. Maybe it will be your 15th. Either way, this offers a great way for our Club to have a common goal, to train together through the dreary and difficult winter months, and come together (finally!) on race day as a team for a fantastic race experience.
The Ohio Health Cap City will provide us some great incentives:
- $10 off the registration fee (email me for the discount code to enter). (Sign up by December 31 before the price goes up!)
- GVWC named in the Team Training Guide and on the Team Training Website; priority packet pickup; GVWC logo on video board in Columbus Commons; and announcement of GVWC Team at the start/finish line.
Let’s do this! Our goal is to get at least 25 people to sign up and train, and we have three signed up already. (A team of 25 is required to get the team perks on race day.) Email me for the $10 discount code, and remember to enter “German Village Walking Club team” from the drop-down menu when prompted. Go GVWC Training Team!
P.S. Unfortunately, if you have signed up for Cap City already, the $10 discount is not available. Nonetheless, let me know if you already signed up so you can be assigned to the GVWC training team.
Holiday Lights Walk!
We had a hearty group of 16 walkers for our first Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Walk last week. Thanks, Otto, for the suggestion. It was a beautiful night for a walk in downtown Columbus to see the holiday lights—a rare GVWC night time walk. We met at the downtown Winans. Our route took us through Bicentennial Park, along the Scioto Mile, east on Broad Street, where we stopped at the Leveque Tower to see their beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby. From there we headed east to the State Farm Christmas display, down and through the Topiary Park, and into the Columbus Main library to see the train display. We finished strong by heading west on Town Street through the beautiful lighting in Columbus Commons, and finally back to Winans for hot chocolate and wine – thanks to Brad and Alisa!
New GVWC Steering Committee – Be Part of It!
As we talk about setting goals for 2018, one of my goals is to improve the Club by sharing leadership and coordination. While you all have been wonderful with both your participation and your ideas for Club activities, I’m keenly aware that there’s more that we can do—and do better. But to get there, it requires more than just one person coordinating everything. Therefore, we’re launching a GVWC steering committee, consisting of 7 to 10 volunteers, to meet once every two months on a Saturday at 10am to discuss new ideas and plan events. The steering committee will help enhance the GVWC in achieving its four core tenets:
- Promoting walking as an easy, cheap, and effective form of exercise.
- Showcasing Columbus’ cool urban environment.
- Cultivating camaraderie and accountability.
- Looking out for our urban community and our neighbors.
To start, we foresee subcommittees to shepherd the following events:
- Saturday walk “pace groups”
- Annual holiday party
- Volunteer service at Reeb Avenue Community Center
- Olympic Race Walker Seminar
The first steering committee meeting will be Saturday morning January 20 after our walk and coffee. If you would like to learn more about the GVWC Steering Committee, please email me. I hope you will join me in taking the Club to a new level!
Free Feetures Socks from Second Sole
As an apology for the customer service mishap last week at GVWC’s Holiday Happy Hour, Randy at Second Sole, is extending an offer to every paid Club member to receive a free pair of Feetures! socks. This offer is good for all Club members regardless of whether you attended the Happy Hour. Complete this order form so I can pull together the order and get you the socks. Thanks, Randy, for your generosity!
GVWC Annual Membership Dues
Your $15 annual membership fee for 2018 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after September 30 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail checks made out to “German Village Walking Club” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!
Giving a Little, Getting So Much – Call for Tutors at Stewart Alternative Elementary
As you may know, Andrea and I volunteer as reading tutors in Mrs. Mayo’s 6th grade classroom at Stewart Alternative Elementary School. This is my third school year tutoring at Stewart, which is the recently renovated school located at the corner of City Park and Stewart Avenues between Schiller Park and Valter’s. Mrs. Mayo has asked me to spread the word to my friends and neighbors because she’s short on tutors but has a lot of kids who need extra help.
I know, I know! It seems like a hassle, but it’s not. Simply pick a day and time that works best for your schedule. Our shift, for instance, is every Friday from 9am to 9:50am. To accommodate this into my schedule, I work at home in the morning and then head into the office after tutoring. While helping these youngsters improve their reading skills is truly one of the most impactful things I can do in a day, I assure you that I get more out of the experience than they do. I can’t explain why, I just know when I leave the school, I feel energized. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who live or work Downtown. The kids are great! Email Mrs. Mayo if you’d like more information about tutoring.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!