Running Club

Running Club's primary objective is to create a running community for runners of all fitness and interest levels. It strives to acquaint and educate new runners to the world of running. And, it provides seasoned runners opportunities to set and achieve new goals. Some of the activities promoted and facilitated by Running Club include, but are not limited to, coordinating group runs on trails and around campus and providing affordable opportunities to participate in various official races.

Contact: Leigh Stauffer '16, Maria Rachal '18, and Amanda Whalen '18

Constitution

Article A. Running Club History

Various Running Clubs have been created in the past, but the Running Club as it is known currently was founded Fall Term 2014. Although it was not formally recognized by the EC during its fledgling stages, Running Club received funding and recognition by the Athletic Department. In May of Spring Term 2015, the Running Club Constitution was written. The following articles outline the club's mission statement, requirements for membership, officers, and benefits to the Washington and Lee University community.

Article B. Mission Statement

Running Club's primary objective is to create a running community for runners of all fitness and interest levels. It strives to acquaint and educate new runners to the world of running. And, it provides seasoned runners opportunities to set and achieve new goals. Some of the activities promoted and facilitated by Running Club include, but are not limited to, coordinating group runs on trails and around campus and providing affordable opportunities to participate in various official races (This includes, but is not limited to, 5k's, 10k's, half marathons, marathons, and triathlons).

Article C. Membership

In order to keep membership accessible to all interest levels, the only requirements for Running Club membership are active enrollment as an undergraduate or law school student at Washington and Lee University, a one-time fee of $20, and a signed fitness release form. Once a member, an individual can participate in all Running Club activities and enjoy complete access to any and all membership benefits.

Article D. Officers

The leadership offices of the Running Club will be comprised of three Co-Presidents. Each of the three hold equal power and share the same duties and obligations to the Running Club. The foremost duty of the Running Club officers is to ensure the longevity and success of the Club. Other duties include estimating annual budget, plan trips to races, organize running events, and appoint new officers at the end of each academic year. When appointing new officers, Co-Presidents should consider the prospect's dedication to the club, level of fitness, organizational skills, leadership skills, and ability to inspire others to join or continue membership. High athletic ability is not, in itself, evident of an ideal officer. However, good fitness indicates a high level of dedication to the Running Club.

Article E. Benefits to the Washington and Lee University Community

Running Club provides an avenue for members of the Washington and Lee University Community to maintain and improve personal fitness and health, both physically and mentally. By creating an active yet social atmosphere, Running Club is the ideal setting for making lasting friendships, finding inspiration, and rising to meet self-fulfilling challenges. For less experienced members, Running Club creates a support system to help develop a habit that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. For more seasoned members, Running Club helps keep the sport of running fresh, new, and exciting.