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RRCA Member Greenville Track Club Receives Saucony Grant

Greenville, SC - Late last month the Greenville Track Club (GTC) was notified by the Saucony Run For Good Foundation that it was selected as a $10,000 grant award recipient for Round Nine of the Saucony Run for Good Grant Program. 

Saucony, Inc. is a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel. The grant was submitted by GTC past-president Joe Hammond, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Greenville Technical College.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation was created to help reverse the alarming trend that, for the first time in over 100 years, today’s children now have a shorter lifespan than their parents!  As a company by runners, and for runners, Saucony understands the benefits of running extend way beyond strong legs and healthy hearts; research shows running can also help children do better in school, manage stress, and reduce childhood obesity.

The Greenville Track Club and its two partners in this venture—Greenville YMCA and The Furman Institute for Running and Scientific Training will use the funds to provide coaching assistance for up to 100 children, calumniating with participation in the inaugural Red, White & Blue Shoes 5k and 1 mile run to be held at Furman University on Saturday, July 3, 2010. The race benefits the Furman Blue Shoes Scholarship Fund originated by alumnus Chris Borch. The grant will also provide children with shoes, clothing, transportation and registration fees.

Founded in 1972, the Greenville Track Club is the largest running club in South Carolina and the fastest growing running club in the Southeast!  The more than 1,100 members consist of people of every ability level and age group from walkers to premier runners and track athletes. The common thread among the members is a desire to stay fit, enjoy the fellowship of other members and have fun while “doing their thing!”

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