I’m pleased to announce the first Club Sport of the Month for the 2012-2013 school year! The GSU Run Club is the Club Sport of the Month for August, I know it’s almost October, but that doesn’t mean we can let such an awesome club slip by without any recognition! I had a few questions for the guy in charge of it all, President of the the GSU Run Club, Joey White, and here’s what he had to say!
Our team has several traditions of running, pasta parties and regular get togethers. Our newest spring tradition is jumping into the lake next Lakeside showing we not only run, but can swim too!
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?
Besides being involved and staying healthy, my favorite part would have to be the people. We are a group of completely different people that come from all different back grounds and lifestyles, but we’re all brought together by our love of running.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
We offer 6 practice sessions in the week. MTWR at 7:00 at the Rac pavilion and 6 a.m. practices on TR. Practice is not mandatory, but attending at least 3 a week is strongly encouraged. We typically meet up, warm up and then split up into groups depending on the type of distances desired. We recently added a coach to our staff and he surprises us with runs he comes up with, usually with courses he made up around the RAC fields.
How often to you have meets?
We travel and compete in 3-4 Intercollegiate races every fall. However, there are local road races around campus, Statesboro, Savannah or other nearby cities almost every other weekend.
What is it like to travel around and compete against different schools?
Nothing less than awesome. At Nationals every year, we compete with schools as close as Georgia Tech and UGA and with schools as far away as Washington State. It’s a great feeling not only to go out to run and have fun, but to be able to represent our school across the country.
What is your best memory about Club Sports?
My best memory would have to be the long van rides to places like Indiana University. It’s a great chance for you to really get to know your teammates and friends.
When did you start participating in GSU’s Run Club?
I got involved with the running club at the beginning of my freshmen year. It was by far one of the best choices I made here at Southern.
What if someone is interested in the Run Club? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
If someone is interested in the club, then come out to practice! The best place for information is our Facebook group, Georgia Southern Running Club! No try outs- we have runners at all different levels, just come out and have fun!
When was your club established at Georgia Southern?
This is our club’s 4th year here on campus. Not to mention our biggest and looking to be our best!
We are proud in general to be a club sport here on campus, not to mention one that is growing. We are also espically proud of hosting our annual race for our runners that fellow students, professors and community members are able to run.