Grand Strand Running Club Newsletter 
Issue: #032
December 2015 
GSRC Events



January 1:

New Year's Day Prediction Run 5K at Barefoot Boathouse

Click here to register 


January 23:

33rd Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run 5k/15k

Click here to register 

*use discount code GSRC



Quick Links

Grand Prix Races

Jan 23: NMB Winter Run 5K OR 15K

March 5: Myrtle Beach Marathon OR Half-Marathon

Sept. 17: BFF Pink Ribbon Run 5K and/or 10K

*others TBD
Membership Information 
Check your membership status and re-enroll online. 
Log in at  
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

Jessica Kristich

Race Director/Scholarships
Jim Troxell

Christine Rockey

Battle at the Border
Ryan Dion

Kids Running
Christine Rockey

Grand Prix
Ryan Dion

Lorena Cutright

Kate Boucher 

Dawn White

**If you are interested in serving on one of the committees, please click here.

Holiday Blessings to you and yours this 
Christmas season!

Join us for one of our weekly group runs. 

GSRC December Social and 
Grand Prix Awards Presentation

Congratulations to all the Grand Prix Award Winners! Special thanks to Pizza a la Roma and owner George Paraschos for the delicious pizza buffet! Click here for more pictures


Welcome to these new club members!

Debra Plimmer
Steve Plimmer
Farrah Stone
Todd Stone
Tucker Stone
Jason Goodrich
Judi Adams
Breanna Roy
Kimberly Teeples
Cory McNair
Allie Tate
Gar Tate
Larry Tate
Cameron Elder
Robert Ball
Volunteers needed for 
our upcoming events! 

January 1: Prediction Run
January 23: Winter Run 5k/15k

If interested, please email Kate Boucher at


Terry Layton Volunteer of the Year

Jane Serues was chosen as the 2015 GSRC Terry Layton Volunteer of the Year. We asked Jane to share with us the benefits of volunteering. Congratulations on a well deserved honor!

To Volunteer or Not to Volunteer? (Sorry, Hamlet!)  
What an honor to be selected to be this year's recipient of the Terry Layton Volunteer of the Year Award.  For those who don't know Terry Layton, he has been a huge asset to the Grand Strand running community for many years having served as Executive Director for the Myrtle Beach Marathon and was instrumental in starting the Grand Strand Running Club (as a chapter of the national Road Runners Club of America).  He was as busy as a one-armed paper hanger!  It's amazing how much he got accomplished for the club on all levels with the help of some key hard-working volunteers like Jim Troxell, Dave Hansen and others.

I have been running for 40 years.  It's such a wonderful sport for so many physical and emotional reasons I trust you know about.  I am a fan! When I was given the award in mid-December, I chose the opportunity to point out how volunteering my time to promote and work for the sport is almost as fulfilling as the physical health benefits the sport provides.  I'm 67 years old and have moved 4 times since I began running.  Joining and volunteering for the local running club is how I made connections with nice, like-minded people in each new location.  But, the "volunteering" was the key!

Volunteering is any activity that involves spending time and effort (usually unpaid), doing something that benefit others.   Examples from the GSRC:
  • Show up early at a club race and help with registration.
  • Help out at the club's water station for a big event in the area.
  • Give an evening to stuff participants' packets to be mailed or unpack thousands of metals for the city's Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend.
  • Sign on as a mentor for the GSRC training program to help give more personal support to new and improving runners.
  • Join a committee (there are several):  volunteer recruitment, communication/marketing, grand prix series, training team, kids running program, membership, social, Battle of the Border, race, or finance committees.
  • Become a race director or committee chairperson
  • Serve on the GSRC executive board
Some of these require a few hours.  Some require more.  It's a group of people with a common task working together ... and getting to know each other. There weren't this many opportunities several years back but the club has been growing and leadership has expanded the club from the small group of enthusiasts to a good-sized club!

Volunteering is not an "all give and no take" proposition.  You give of your time and talents in an area that interests you.  You gain a satisfaction of giving back to something that has been good to you.  AND you meet new friends, share training runs or tips that help your running, discover vendors or professionals you may need, maybe even find a husband (as I did 25 years ago) and know that you've helped others by expanding the sport for their pleasure and fitness. 

Running is a great sport.  Volunteering adds to it in many worthwhile ways!  I highly  recommend it.

Bill and Jane Serues
Terry Layton Volunteer of the Year Award Winner, Jane Serues
and GSRC President, Roscoe Griffin

GSRC Volunteer Reward Program

Volunteers are the life-blood of the running community. Without them, there would be no races, no social runs and no running clubs. GSRC recognizes the outstanding volunteer efforts of our club members through the GSRC Volunteer Rewards Program.

To participate in the Volunteer Rewards Program, you must be a current GSRC member. The various volunteer levels are listed below.

Volunteer Process:
1. Communicate with the Volunteer Chairman about your available dates and times. Kate Boucher
2. Upon arrival, sign in at the GSRC table to receive your volunteer assignment/location.
3. Upon completion of your alloted volunteer time, sign out and record total number of volunteer hours.
**The burden rests on the volunteer to record their name and hours at each event or contact the Volunteer Chairman in the event of supposed discrepancies.
4. The Volunteer Chairman will keep a record of all volunteer hours, post them on the group website and distribute prizes. **Volunteers are encouraged to check the volunteer rewards record often.

2016 GSRC Volunteer rewards:
5 hours = Club car magnet, sticker or small promo item
15 hours = Club shirt or hat
25 hours = 1 year GSRC individual membership
35 hours = 1 free GSRC 5K race entry** (to be used within 1 year)
45 hours = 1 free GSRC 10K race entry** (to be used within 1 year)
GRAND PRIZE = One volunteer's name will be chosen at random to receive complimentary entry** to the BFF Pink Ribbon 5K or 10k or Double Bling (runners choice, to be used within 1 year)

**Volunteer must register for race themselves and will be reimbursed by GSRC for registration fees.
Race to Save Hearts

Thanks for participating in the Race to Save Hearts 5K!  We raised $3200.00! Special thanks to the race director, Angela Robinette and students from North Myrtle Beach HS for organizing a great race.

Thanks to our partners!
If you are interested in partnership opportunities, please email for more information.

Sports Radio 100.3

Black Dog Running Company

Coastal Timing


Festival Promotions

Coastal Race Productions

The Parson's Table

Matthew's Pancake House

Troxell Chiropractic