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The RidgeRunners Are Back!

It all started with a conversation at the Ridgewood community swimming pool.  I told Mollie and Byron Galloway, friends I met in 2006 when I joined the RidgeRunners, “I was thinking of getting the club back together.  What do you think?”  Mollie suggested the creation of a Facebook Fan page and as a freelance writer for Patch I wrote an article titled “Running on Empty” and invited readers to join me for a group run on Saturday, June 25. 

Luckily, on the morning of June 25, I told two Ridgewood Barracudas swim team moms and my friend and almost-neighbor Pat that I was planning a run.  Those three women showed up that evening, although Pat was recovering from a brutal morning workout session and just wanted to come say hello.  Trinity, Paula, and I ran up and down Hedges Run Drive.  We had a great time, even if I secretly despaired that recruiting was going to be a tough job.

On the following Tuesday, a dozen runners came out to run, including the Galloways, Ernie Fore, and Jose Campos, longtime RidgeRunners.  On Thursday, Pat invited members of her Wildcat hockey team, Ernie contacted some friends, and Patch readers finally showed up.  Two weeks into July, we averaged 18 runners.  Like a bad case of avian flu, neighborhood runners quickly caught the bug. 

In a shameless attempt to broaden our membership, I used my children’s swim practice time with the Ridgewood Barracudas to coerce over 30 parents to join our mailing list.  With the completion of the website and active social networking, it’s time to say it. The RidgeRunners are back.

Let me make one thing clear: this is not my blog.  This space was created to include thoughts on our group runs, fun […]

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