Grand Strand Running Club Newsletter 
Issue: #028
August 2015 
GSRC Events


September 12: 

Wounded Warriors 5K

Stop by the GSRC table before and after the race!
Click here to register 


September 13:

5K Training Group begins

Click here to register 


September 19:

Monthly Social at 710 Lanes in NMB from 4:00-8:00pm

Click here to register 


October 30: 

Running Dead 5K


November 21: 

Race to Save Hearts 5K


Quick Links

Grand Prix Races

Jan 24: NMB Winter Run 5K OR 15K

Feb 14: Myrtle Beach Marathon OR Half-Marathon

Mar 7: BFF Pink Ribbon Run 5K and/or 10K

March 28: Run for the Shelter 5K

May 3: Cinco de Mayo 5K

May 9: Little River May 5K 

May 24: Brookgreen Gardens 5K

July 4: Independence Day 8K

Sep 12: Wounded Warriors 5K  Click here to register

Oct 18: Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon (half-marathon)
Click here to register 

Nov: 15 Turtle Strut 5K
Click here to register 

Nov 21: Race to Save Hearts 5K

Nov 26: Surfside Beach Turkey Trot 10K
Click here to register

Dec 5: Reindeer Run 5K

Membership Information 
Check your membership status and re-enroll online. 
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to check your status. 
If you have any questions about membership, 
please contact
Special Interest

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers  are always
welcome and needed. If you would like to volunteer for an upcoming event, click here.


GSRC Board Members

Roscoe Griffin

Murray Honick

Matthew Cutright

Erin Walters


GSRC Committees

Jane Serues

Race Director/Scholarships
Jim Troxell

Christine Rockey

Kids Running
Terry Layton

Grand Prix
Melissa Kavanagh

Lorena Cutright

Erin Walters 

Dawn White

**If you are interested in serving on one of the committees, please email Roscoe Griffin

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Myrtle Beach Kids Triathlon

Thanks to all GSRC club members who volunteered during the week of camp and race day!! Over 200 kids participated in the race this year!


   Obstacle Course Racing
           by Heather Gannoe

Chances are you have seen a picture of a friend or family member on Facebook covered in mud and grinning from ear to ear at the finish line of an obstacle course race. And they are not alone; obstacle course racing is a booming industry in the running and adventure world and, according  to experts, is expected  to  reach $1 billion and draw as many as 4 million participants worldwide annually. Sure, for the average roadrunner, taking time out of your carefully curated training plan to go roll around in the mud might seem absurd; however, I disagree. So let me present you with five reasons why you should join those 4 million participants and sign up for an obstacle  course race.

1. Test Your Fitness
Despite what you may think obstacle course racing or "OCR" is more than just a weekend warrior muddy 5K with beer at the finish line. Unlike traditional road or trail races, obstacle course races require far more than the ability to simply run. In an obstacle course race you may face challenges such as traversing monkey bars, climbing a rope, crawling under barbed wire or even carrying heavy objects. Obstacle course races require endurance , full body strength and agility to successfully make it to the finish. Running strength alone will not be enough for a strong race.

2. Leave Your Comfo rt Zone
Dark tunnels, deep water, heights, mud and electric shock are just some of the possibilities you may face at an obstacle course race. At a Spartan Race, participants must jump over rows of blistering, flaming logs. At a Tough Mudder, you may be challenged to crawl through small, confined, dark tunnels. Though some races are tamer and more focused on fun, others are significantly more difficult and unforgiving. All obstacle course races will likely bring challenges you may have never expected or faced before. The feeling you experience when you face and successfully tackle one of these fears is absolutely priceless.

3. Teamwork
Unlike the solidarity of traditional running, working with and relying on others is almost always necessary at some point during an obstacle course race. For example, the majority of athletes will need a boost from a friend or fellow racer to scale a giant wall or climb out of a deep mud pit. Having friends or family members by your side to help push you as well as being there to  support others can be an incredible bonding experience.

4. Get Dirty
For once you are not actively trying to avoid the mud; instead, you are told to go through it. Not only does traversing an obstacle course race while you are soaked with mud add a level o f difficulty to your run, but it is downright fun. Admit it; your inner child com es out when y ou can splash in giant mud puddles!

5. Have Fun
It is easy to become bored with the monotony of day-to-day training. An obstacle course race is a c hance to break free from your normal fitness training and let loose from the stressors of everyday life. While some obstacles you encounter will likely be a challenge, many others are simply fun and thrilling.

Obstacle course racing brings a challenging, yet enjoyable, test of physical and mental strength to both beginner and experienced athletes alike. Whether you are looking for a chance to step outside of your co mfort zone or simply an opportunity to let loose and have fun with friends, an obstacle course race is certain to be an unforgettable experience.

Heather Gannoe is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist that recently moved back to the Myrtle Beach area from her home state of Vermont.  Heather discovered a love for running after giving birth to her oldest son almost 9 years ago.  Now, the proud mother of two boys, H eather has logged countless races under her belt, including over 20 half marathons, 8 full marathons, and a 50 mile ultra.  She currently has her sights set on completing her first 100 miler.  Heather works as a personal trainer for Fitness Edge in Murrells Inlet, and is also an author and freelance writer in the running and fitness industry.  You can follow her training and adventures on her blog,
GSRC Monthly Social

Bring the entire family and enjoy an afternoon of bowling, food, and fun! Who is the best bowler in the club?

Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 4:00-8:00pm
Location: 1105 Hwy 17 S, NMB
*Rental bowling shoes $3.00
*Bowling $4.00/game

5K Training Group

Start: Sunday, September 13
End: Sunday, November 29
Time: 3:00PM
Location: YMCA
Requirements: Children must be at least 4 years old to participate

A 5K training group designed to help you complete your first 5K race, improve your time, etc. Children and adults are welcome to attend the training sessions. Children must be at least 4 years of age to participate in the program. 

Program Details:
Dates: Each Sunday beginning September 13-November 29, 2015
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Behind the YMCA-500 Claire Chapin Epps Drive
Family $45.00 (includes a 1 year GSRC membership)
Individual $35.00 (includes a 1 year GSRC membership)
Current Club Member $15.00
Target Races: November 21-Race to Save Hearts 5K; November 26: Surfside Turkey Trot 5K; December 5-Reindeer Run 5K 
**5K race fees are not included in program. Each participant must register individually

Each week:
Weekly Educational Component (nutrition, shoes, apparel, etc.)
Weekly Training Runs
Access to Certified Running Coaches
Warmup Drills, Cool Down, Stretching Instruction

Groups will be divided based on current skill level and/or goal time. This group is for both first timers of the 5K distance and those wanting to improve their 5K time through a team environment. Children and adults are welcome to attend the training sessions and will be divided based on skill level. Parents are allowed to bring strollers for children under 4 years of age. Children must be at least 4 years old in order to participate in the children's run group. 


Martin Davies
Jennifer Sexton
Kristine Altena
Susan McAndrew
Ashley Remmer
Matt Van Wie
Emily Maxwell
Nicole Pioli
Harvey Crouch

Volunteers needed for 
our upcoming events! 

September 12:  Wounded Warriors 5K
September 13-November 29: 5K Training Group (Sundays at 3:00pm)
October 30: Running of the Dead 5K
November 21: Race to Save Hearts

If interested, please email Erin Walters at


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