Giving Back to the Sport
with Time and Talent
There are no paid positions within the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers organization. Our success is due to our various race sponsors and the efforts of our volunteers. Everything from weekend water duty to race aid stations, trail clean-ups, social events to the club-produced races are due to the club members who have stepped up to volunteer.
There are many ways to give back to the sport. Whether it be a monetary donation to support the running community or by providing your time and talents to the club.
Water Duty Volunteer
Water and Gatorade is set-up in two locations on the west course during the weekend runs and at the clubhouse. The jugs should be in place on the course by 7:00 AM and should remain there until at least 9:00 AM. You can do water duty solo or work in tandem with someone, one member puts out the jugs and the other picks them up. The sign-up board is on the back door at the clubhouse or you can also sign-up by emailing President@lgraw.com.
Club Event Volunteer
Throughout the year there are many events that need volunteer support. The success of these events is due to the many volunteers who help out. The club-sponsored races need help with set up and take down, registration, parking and at the aid stations.
Race Aid Stations
Being a running club in a large metropolitan area provides many opportunities to help at races, including a major marathon every December. The Dallas Marathon is a great event to run, cheer and volunteer at. Each December, RAW “gives back to the sport” by volunteering at an aid station on the race course. It’s both fun and rewarding to help our sport at such a large race. RAW volunteers at other races throughout the year, as well.
RAW Information Booth
Throughout the year, RAW sets up an information booth at local events to promote the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers club. Many of our members were once a little shy about joining a running club until they had an opportunity to talk with real members. It’s important for us to put faces and stories behind what being a part of RAW means. Let’s face it, joining an established running group can be intimidating, regardless of your running or walking ability. By getting out to local events, we can show other people that RAW is made up of wonderful people just like them.
Keep Grapevine Beautiful
One of the most important things that keeps RAW so special are the beautiful running paths along Lake Grapevine. Each season has its own beauty to share with our runners and walkers. RAW helps keep these trails clean through our Adopt-A-Park commitment and partnering with Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB). KGVB holds two major parks and trails clean-ups during the year. “Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off" is the signature spring clean-up event with free food, shirts, music and giveaways at the post-clean-up celebration. Their fall clean up event, “Fall Sweep" is held in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Volunteers conduct litter pickup, recycling collection and beautification projects throughout the community. Lunch is served and drawings are held at the end of the event. Participating in the clean-ups are a great way to help our community that provides all of us with a safe, clean and scenic place to run and walk throughout the year. RAW encourages trail-users to pick up litter on “Happy to Help” Saturdays and is committed to having additional trail clean-ups each year on our own.
Giving Back to the Sport
In addition to our annual $2,000 College Scholarship,in 2019 RAW donated $5,000 total to:
Giving Back to the Sport Recognition
Deserving recipients of Giving Back to the Sport (GBTTS) are recognized through our club's newsletter, the Footprint. These members have gone above and beyond volunteering their time and talents to promote our sport and giving back to the running community.
Best Foot Forward Recognition
Regarded as RAW’s highest honor, the Best Foot Forward (BFF) recipient is awarded to the person who best exhibits the “spirit of RAW.” Past recipients have been recognized for consistently demonstrating leadership, volunteering both publicly and behind the scenes, encouraging and mentoring others and serving as a positive ambassador for the club. The Best Foot Forward is presented at the Annual Meeting. Past winners include Gary Howsam, Kelly "K2" Richards, Kathryn Gleghorn, Brad Liles and Sakina Vidacak.
Volunteer Recognition Socials
The club hosts events to recognize and thank the many volunteers who have supported the club's races, events and activities. Throughout the years volunteers have been recognized at numerous breakfasts, banquets and socials.
RRCA National 2000 Hours Outstanding Volunteer
The Road Runners of America (RRCA) recognizes members who have contributed 2000 volunteering hours to the running community. Each volunteer recognized will receive a certificate and a commemorative patch.