A re-posting from the message I posted to my trail running group a few days ago:
Thank you to everyone for the appreciation expressed yesterday. It's been a pleasure managing this group over the last few years. Some of you have been members of SMRG from the beginning, and many are relatively new to the group - it's been growing quickly! Soon, we'll be at 1,000+ members.
For those who recently joined, allow me to share a bit of what we've been up to. SMRG has hosted many runs in our local mountains. There have been innumerable low-key runs organized through this group (from 5 milers to 100 milers). We have hosted the Humpdayathon (runs on Wednesday) series, which include the Issy Alps 100k/50k (occurred last year and the year before); the Tiger Mountain Trail 50k/50m; the Chirico Tenpeat (which Jess Mullen continues to host); many 'ghost' 50k/50m/100ks around our local peaks, and many more ultras and sub-ultras which others could elaborate upon. A splinter group from SMRG, the High Heels Running Group, emerged and offers women a female-specific trail running group - meeting regularly for weekend trail runs. Across our local mountains, on any given weekend, you’re likely to bump into small groups of SMRGers – many of whom met via our Facebook-based group. I’m delighted to say that I’ve met many of my closest friends in the NW through this group.
SMRG has generally kept a rather low profile, and operates entirely on a grass-roots basis. While most of our events have occurred on the trail, we've done stuff around town too. Among the higher profile of our community-oriented events, I was happy to propose, and then organize, the first community event at 7 Hills Running Store (a premiere of the movie The Mountaineers), and then two of the subsequent events at the store. These events have either been free or of negligible cost. Phil continues to offer up events of this kind.
Soon, a new trail-running friendly store will be opening in Issaquah, Uphill Running. I'm excited to see what Trey brings to the local running community, and know his store will offer up new opportunities for community building.