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Our Story

Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers is a 501(c)(3) running club in Grapevine, Texas. We are a diverse group of people from all walks of life and fitness levels. From beginners to veterans, you’ll find us on the weekends running and walking the trails around Lake Grapevine. We meet every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 AM at the RAW clubhouse for the group run/walk.

Founded in 1997, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers has an outstanding reputation for community involvement, generosity, having fun, and the ability to put on a great race.

We are funded by membership dues and our two annual races, Bold in the Cold 5K/15K held each January and Double Trouble 5K & 10K held each fall. Both races have a stellar history of being well-organized and popular within the running community.

 

Throughout the club’s history, LGRAW has donated more than $135,000 to non-profits, including Texas Special OlympicsRRCA Kids Run the Nation Grant FundThe Cowtown C.A.L.F. ProgramRISE Adaptive Sports, Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) and our own LGRAW College Scholarship. LGRAW has also helped improve the Grapevine parks and trail systems through the city's Adopt-A-Park program and clean-up initiatives with Keep Grapevine Beautiful.

RAW Helps Make Grapevine a Runner Friendly Community

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In 2012, the city of Grapevine was designated as a Runner Friendly Community® by the Road Runners Club of America. The goals of the Runner Friendly Community program are to shine a national spotlight on communities that increase the quality of life, improve physical activity for residents and provide an increased economic impact for the community.

RAW has had a positive impact on the city’s health and fitness throughout the club’s 20+ year existence. Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, then President Kathryn Gleghorn worked with Grapevine’s Parks and Recreation to ensure that RAW’s application included all the latest information about what the city offers in the way of running paths, trails and city support to make Grapevine a Runner Friendly Community.

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An optional part of the application was to submit a video highlighting how the community meets some or all of the Runner Friendly Community criteria outlined by the RRCA. Dennis Dixon spent many hours filming and taking photos to put together our video, “Running all through Grapevine.”  We were lucky enough to find a local vocal coach, Stefani Little Lynes to record Dennis’s lyrics to the Marvin Gaye classic, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

In 2018, the Runner Friendly Community designation renewal application was approved, extending the designation through 2023.

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History Highlights

May 1997: Lake Grapevine Runners And Walkers was founded by Richard Craft who set up a booth at Main Street Days to recruit members.


Jun 1997: First club run.

Dec 1997: RAW signs lease for clubhouse.

First issue of the FOOTPRINT is created.

Jan 1999: Inaugural Bold in the Cold 5K / 15K.


Apr 2000: Inaugural Hound Dog Hustle 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run.


Oct 2000: Inaugural Double Trouble 5K & 10K.

Nov 2000: Inaugural Anti-Turkey Trot Fun Run.

Jul 2001: The Best Foot Forward award, RAW’s highest honor, is created. Tom Byno is first recipient.


2002: The FOOTPRINT wins the RRCA national award for Best Mid-sized Club Newsletter.


Sep 2002: First Protectors of Freedom 5K.


Dec 2002: The 3rd annual Hound Dog Hustle race T-shirt wins Runner’s World Best T-shirt contest.


May 2006: Bart Yasso is keynote speaker at banquet.


Mar 2007: Major (Ret) Rick Nealis, Marine Corps Marathon Race Director, is keynote speaker at banquet. 
“Cleveland Ray” spirit award created. First recipient is Tony “Flash” Flesch. Subsequent recipients are Kelly “K2” Richards, Marty Metzger and Evelyn Luccioni.


May 2007: “Cleveland Ray” Paschal cedar elm tree dedication at the 3.75 mile-mark on west loop.


Jul 2007: RAW celebrates 10-year anniversary with a 10K Fun Run.


2008: The FOOTPRINT wins RRCA National Jerry Little Excellence in Journalism Award. 


Jul 2008: RAW begins two-year cycle for elected board members.

2009: RAW wins the RRCA national award for Best Small Club Website.

 
2010: The FOOTPRINT wins the RRCA’s best e-newsletter award. Member Mark Miller wins the RRCA’s Club Writer of the Year award. 

Apr 2010: RAW hosts the 11th and final Hound Dog Hustle as a RRCA Texas State 5K Championship race. 

Keep Grapevine Beautiful awards RAW a Certificate of Appreciation for trail clean-up efforts.

May 2011: RAW hosts Weight Watchers Walk-!t Day 5K.

 
Apr 2012: City of Grapevine earns RRCA's Runner Friendly Community designation.

2012: RAW commemorates 15th Anniversary with limited edition shirt and special anniversary celebrations.

 

Feb 2015: Gary Howsam announced as as the 2014 RRCA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

Mar 2015: A College Scholarship for a graduating high school student established.

 

Sep 2015

The Third Tuesday of the Month Social Run starting and ending at Hop & Sting Brewing Co. started.

 

Jul 2016: The first event of a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration kicked off with a Happy Hour at Wilhoites. Events included fun runs, socials, a flower planting and a banquet with guest speaker Alexi Pappas.

 

Sep 2016: Newbie Short Stack Sunday, the first Sunday of the month, started featuring Short Stacks (pancake breakfast).

Jun 2017: June 20, 2017 proclaimed Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers Day by Grapevine Mayor Tate.

Jun 2018: Gorilla & Grasshopper Invitational Trail Race held.

 

Oct 2018: Grapevine’s Runner Friendly Community designation renewed for five years.

 

Sep 2019: Home Happy Hour (monthly BYOB HH) established.

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Off to the Races is reestablished.

Mar 2020: The COVID-19 global pandemic causes a stoppage in weekend runs, social events and cancels races worldwide.
 

May 2020: Group runs resume; most races and social events still canceled.
 

July 2020: Annual Meeting of the Membership canceled due to the governor's executive order re: ongoing pandemic.

Sep 2020: RAW Hosts Virtual Boston Marathon.

Oct 2020: Double Trouble is a 1-Mile and 5-K, limited to 100 participants.

January 2021: BITC is cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2021: Super Saturday started. Snacks served post-run on 3rd Saturday of the Month.

February 2021: RAW honors National Black History Month with a donation to the Black Girls Run Foundation.

March 2021: Jack Hase is announced as the 2020 RRCA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.