The Holly Springs Run Club, Inc. (HSRC) is a group of runners from Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Cary, Raleigh and other surrounding areas. Some of us are fast and some of us are slow. However, no matter how “fast” you run you are welcome here. There is no qualifying to run with us. Just show up and you are one of us. We encourage new and returning runners. We celebrate with you whether it’s your first 5k or your 20th marathon. We are a very social group as well and you will hear the term “family” thrown around routinely.
In early 2014, three running buddies were out on a their regular Saturday morning long run together. The trio always passed other solo runners while running around town. They decided to try coordinating a group run. HSRC was born in June 2014 when we held our first run as a club. We ran as a group once per month (called our Second Saturday run). A few months later we started an every other Thursday evening run from Bombshell Beer Company. The more we ran, the more the club asked for more group runs. Soon we ran together every Saturday. We started running every Thursday. Then we added an early morning Wednesday run called the Pole to Pole run. Still, that wasn’t enough. We kept adding to our running schedule until we were running together as a club every day of the week except Friday…sometimes we run twice per day.
It became clear that the people of this club were not only interested in running but also contributing to the community. Charitable work became an incredible driving force for our runners. Giving back to our community became as important as running. We have raised money for presents for local children in need with our annual Christmas Drive. We arrange donations for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. We have volunteered as a club in a Soup Kitchen, at a Habitat for Humanity build and in our local parks. But what makes us as proud as anything are the custom running chariots that HSRC has provided (through our relationship with Ainsley’s Angels of America) to local disabled people. We run and push these incredible folks around town every week. We enter races and push them so they too can experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. Most importantly, these athletes have become our friends.
If you haven’t run with us yet please remember one thing….no one will judge you. Come out for that first run. And then come back again.
Co-Founder of HSRC